One thing I miss about Paris is walking by its little boutiques in the summer and seeing such signs:

The store will be closed from the evening of July 27th through August 26th, included.

The bakery/patisserie across the street usually had a sign that said “The store will be closed from the evening of June 30th through July 30th, included.” so that French people got their dose of warm croissants and pains au chocolat no matter what.

When I realized it was time for the Smiling Spider to take a summer break I asked my sister-in-law to take a picture of a vacation notice. Unfortunately my sister-in-law e-mailed me back that it was harder to find bakeries closing for a whole month, which made me so sad I didn’t want to even ask why.

In the French tradition of 5 weeks paid vacation after a year of employment, stores that are never opened 24/7 and certainly not on Sundays, I would like to announce that the Smiling Spider will be taking a French vacation from August 5th through September 4th, inclus.

I hope you too will get a break and enjoy the rest of our California summer.

I will leave you with another picture of our boulangerie called “Le Gateau Battu” (the whipped cake.) The sign says this is a Artisan Boulanger Patissier, who uses whole butter, kneads the dough by hand and bakes it in his oven.

I also wanted to let you know of a show being performed outdoors this coming weekend by our socially-conscious Cornerstone Theater Group. It’s called “attraction” and is the story of Downtown L.A.’s Traction street. Definitely something to check out. For more info go to