14th July Bastille Day

14 Jul

Bastille Day 14th July

After spending 5 winter seasons in the French Alpes, I am always genuinely interested in France and it’s traditions. Today the French are celebrating Bastille Day and I know where I’d like to be on a day like today.

french flagBastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Parade with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789. Celebrations are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champes- Elysees  avenue in Paris in front of the  French officials and foreign guests.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Paris for the national holiday, be sure to visit the colossal military parade down the Champs Elysees and watch the magical fireworks display by the Eiffel Tower later in the day…. I think I will be adding this to my bucket list.

Traditionally, Picnic style food is enjoyed on this day such as Gruyeres (light cheese puffs), olive tapenade on crusty bread topped with tomatoes and smoked chicken is a scrummy treat and a fresh fruit salad.

If you’re not in France then you can head to a French restaurant but it’s all about getting out in the fresh air really so grab yourself bastille-day-fireworkssome strawberries, crusty bread, cheese and some champagne and you’ll be able to lie back and picture yourself in Bois de Vincennes absorbing the atmosphere. On that note…. I’m off to a sunny spot!

Happy Bastille Day and have a lovely evening!