Posts Tagged ‘Bastille Day’

Bastille Day, la Fete National in Paris

As a true francophile, you want to celebrate Bastille Day as it deserves. But if you’re in France and you ask your French….

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Paris festivals: Bastille Day planes

French Festivals, Fêtes and Holidays: Bastille Day

Bastille Day: a commemoration of the storming of the Bastille prison; a celebration of the first république; and, like many French festivals, fêtes and holidays, a real pain in the derrière if you’re out of the loop. Of course, Parisians make it look so effortless: a parade here, a picnic alfresco there—all while dropping by the Fête des Loges in the Tuileries, catching the fireworks and then casually strolling into a bal des pompiers (firemen’s ball). To ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun, we’ve concocted the perfect last-minute checklist for your Bastille Day sans stress.

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Bastille Day in Paris

Ah, Bastille Day. On July 14—the French equivalent of America’s Fourth of July—festivities and official ceremonies are held all over France. Tomorrow morning the nation’s oldest and largest regular military parade will make its way down the Champs Elysées in Paris.

We just love this casual yet polished look […]

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Air display, Champs Elysées, Bastille Day in Paris

Confessions of an Expatriate on the Fourth of July

I have to admit it to you all, these last five years have drastically affected my celebrations of the Fourth of July and Bastille Day in Paris. Who’d have imagined that I, lover of all things that explode, would one day not observe the Fourth of July, only to have it replaced by the French independence day? How blasphemous is that for a true-blue American in Paris?

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Bastille Day

Bastille Day, formally called la fête nationale and commonly known as le quatorze juillet to native Parisians, is the holiday that commemorates the 1790 fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, on July 14, 1789. If you’re in Paris, you won’t want to miss the parade held on the morning of July 14 on the Champs Elysées, and of course the fireworks below the Eiffel Tower in the evening.

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Seattle’s French Underground

Seattle is 5,000 miles from Paris, yet its Francophone roots run deep. Until 1849 most residents in the Seattle region spoke only one European language:…

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