I am looking to plan a vacation going to London and Paris near the end of May so I can take advantage of the US Memorial Day Holiday which I get off from work to get more days out of my vacation.
I noticed that in the UK that the last week in May 2015 will be a UK School Holiday, with Monday the 25th a UK Bank Holiday. Sunday and Monday in Paris will be Whit Sunday and Whit Monday holidays. It looks like in the UK the Whit holidays do not have a major impact, but in France they might.
How much of an impact should these holidays have on my vacation planning? Does the UK break mean worse crowds or closures in London attractions or do a lot of people go to France? As a tourist who will not be celebrating the Whit holidays in France, will I find too many things shut down and be wasting days? I have some flexibility for about a 2 week trip and would like to utilize my American day off, spending 5-6 days in London and the rest in Paris. Am I better off trying to find a better time versus saving the "free" day off from work?
Would appreciate a local view on how these Holidays impact how the locals act and how it will impact tourists.