If you've ever visited Paris during the month of August, you might notice something peculiar: There are very few French people left in the capital city. Mostly, you'll see tourists from every corner of the world. The mass exodus out of cities in France is a yearly summer event as typical as croissants and café au lait in the morning.
With five weeks of paid vacation every year, the French don't horse around with their time off work. Their life philosophy of "pleasure" and "moderation" extends to the work/life balance. Like with food, fitness, and well-being, the French believe there is a time and place for everything: for being disciplined as well as for letting loose and enjoying life's pleasures.