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Hey mes petits dreamers,

Today I discovered La Fête nationale or Bastille Day and I celebrated French culture by visiting a completely over crowded icon.

So here’s the low down on Bastile Day:  The Bastille is a medieval fortress and prison in Paris.  A lot of people in France associated it with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy in the late 1700s.  On July 14, 1789, troops stormed the Bastille, which was a pivotal event at the beginning of the French Revolution.  Fête de la Fédération was held on July 14, 1790.  This was a way to celebrate the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in France.

Official celebrations were held in Paris on June 30, 1878, to honor the Republic of France.  On July 14, 1879, more official celebrations were held.  A politician named Benjamin Raspail proposed that July 14 should become a holiday in France in 1880.  The law was enacted on July 6, 1880.

The military parade in Paris has been held every year since 1880, except during World War II. Today Bastille Day is celebrated in French communities all around the world.

This morning there was a large military parade in Paris, where the French president opens the parade and thousands of people line the streets.  Feeling a bit under the weather I wasn’t in the mood for getting up at the crack of dawn with thousands.  However, I did still want to get into the spirit of the day so a visit to the Eiffel Tower, which is one of the important symbols of Bastile Day along with the French Flag, seemed like the perfect place.

I got an ice cream obviously pink and spent the day frolicking around the base of the Tower away from all the crowds.  If you can find a quiet place away from all the people it’s magic. But, good luck with that 😉

Bonne fete nationale!!

Still getting lost in the right direction.

Bisous!

Anna

 

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Happy Bastille Day!!

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Walking the line.

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Now you see it.

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Now you don’t.

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Take 2.

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Almost lost her.

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Dream up!

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Panic attack.

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That’s better 🙂

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Getting horizontal.

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The iron lady.

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How’s the serenity?

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Zenning out.

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Weeeeeeeee. Bonne fete nationale dreamers!!!