The Return…La Rentrée

While we’re relishing the long Labor Day weekend (and school’s already been underway for weeks in my hometown of Nashville), it’s La Rentrée in France—the “return” to work, school and everyday life after the country’s long holidays in July and August. Shops re-open, tourists go home, and the Parisians return to Paris.

I’m imagining an entire nation of relaxed, renewed citizens sporting Mediterranean tans, along too-cute-for-words French children with shiny new school satchels. Everybody’s  getting re-acquainted, exchanging tales of les vacances, and making resolutions for the new season.

No doubt, I’m exaggerating the wonders of La Entrée—but even so, there’s just no comparison between four weeks of holiday and a puny three-day weekend.