Today is France’s national holiday – a day which remembers the storming of the Bastille fortress on July 14, 1789, as well as the Fete of Unity (Fete de la Federation) on July 14, 1790. All over France there will be celebrations of one kind or another. In some of the very small villages it may be a communal meal with music and dancing on the day. Larger villages can afford to spread the festivities over several days, and in many towns there will be fireworks and parades.
The most spectacular fireworks display takes place in Paris, where the Eiffel Tower is beautifully showcased by truly amazing pyrotechnics.
The festivities in Saint-Chinian will go on for three days, with bands and parties. Here is the programme:
The 14th of July is also the start of the French summer holidays, and in the spirit of that I will be taking a bit of a break. I hope you will all have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to catching up with you again in August! if anyone would like to write a guest post in my absence, please let me know!