Sunday, July 14, 2013

La fête nationale

Today is France's National Day, the commemoration of the revolution of 1789 that began with the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris. Our village (and a couple of other towns around us) celebrated with fireworks displays on Saturday night. Bang! Boom!

The main street in the neighboring town of Montrichard, decked out for the holiday.

We had a full day of tourism with our house guests, including a wonderful lunch in a restaurant's lush garden and a few hours exploring one of the more famous of the Loire Valley castles. We ended the day with wine and nibbles on the deck and decided to turn in rather than head out again to see the fireworks. We still got to hear them.

8 comments:

  1. Ça ira, ça ira, ça ira! (Happy Bastille Day, Ken and Walt!)

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  2. Bonne fete nationale! What a great time to be in France during Bastille day!

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  3. Happy Bastille Day. How did Callie and Bertie do with the fireworks noise?

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    1. emm, Callie only barked once, and Bertie didn't bark at all. LOL

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  4. I just read something I've not heard before - the official 7/14 French celebration is about 7/14/1790?? Apparently something happened that day as well, but as it is a 'light' matter, people forget about it prefering to remember the bastille day on year earlier as more dramatic? Have you heard this?

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    1. michael, I didn't know that, but I see that it is indeed the case (I looked it up on Wikipedia). The 1790 date is the celebration of the first Federation.

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