Is this a challenging day to be in the region? Not thinking so much about the vignerons/wine industry. Just want a sense of whether it is business as usual for restaurants, tourist attractions and life in general.
Good Friday effect
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In my experience it is probably a terrible day to be in the region...for almost everything. All holidays (religious and secular, ie, bastille day, new year's) are. The whole weekend was very iffy in 2007 in Alsace. Burgundy might be worse,judging from a couple of 14 juillets and and two xmas weeks we spent there over the years. (with kids in school then, we had little choice on the xmas weeks, which were fun, but challenging, especially for wine visits and restaurants.)
Good Friday is not a legal holiday in France, surprisingly. Easter Monday is, though. I can't recall ever having been in France around Easter time, so I have no personal experience with how much observation there is of the holiday. Since it's not a legal holiday, banks, stores, and restaurants generally should be open, although I imagine some might close in the middle of the day. But for grocery stores and bakeries in the morning and a few tabacs and restaurants all day long, expect everything to be closed up tight on Easter Monday.
Alsace is different because it remained with Germany on religious matters (e.g., no separation of church and state), and both Good Friday and Easter Monday are legal holidays in Germany.
In 2007, I went to Alsace first because trying to get visits scheduled in Burgundy on Good Friday and the next Monday seemed very doubtful. I did arrive in Burgundy late on easter sunday and was able, from my notes, to see Michel Ampeau (ironic since, in 1990, his father, Robert, said "why not" when we asked to come late morning on July 14th; maybe the family doesn't use calendars :)) and pay an impromptu visit to the Truchots, when Emanuel Rouget's wife told me when we got there that he wasn't feeling well, and to come back the next afternoon instead. I do remember we had to buy stuff at a supermarket and have a picnic in Gevrey that day.
I didn't realize that Alsace "remained" with Germany, though. I'm pretty sure I saw some French flags there, though. :) Colmar was very busy on Good Friday, with lots of vinstubs open. I just couldn't get any winemakers to see me that day, though they were very welcoming for Saturday.
My experience is that 'touristy' things like bars and resaurants are open and do a good trade. For a vast majority of vignerons - it is like a Sunday and there are closed.
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