Bastille Day is coming


 

Colonne de Juillet on Place de la Bastille at night

Colonne de Juillet, on Place de la Bastille in Paris.

 

So Bastille Day is around the corner. Months ago, I had planned a couple of posts about it, unfortunately I’m so busy this week that I’m afraid I won’t have time to post any of it before July 14th.

In the meantime, here is a tip for you. If you speak to a French person and say “Bastille Day” chances are that they will have no idea of what you’re talking about.

In France, Bastille Day is simply called “14 juillet” (July 14th) or “Fête Nationale” (the Nation’s Holiday).

Oh and while I’m at it, it’s not France’s Independence Day. France never was a colony, consequently it always was “independent.”

What is that day all about then? It commemorates the day the people of Paris stormed the Bastille (which was a jail where the King could send whoever he felt like just by ordering it), which is the start of the French Revolution.

More on Bastille Day in a few days (possibly on July 15th or 16th, be patient and/or subscribe).

 

 


About David Billa

David was born and raised in the French South West. After a few years in the US and a few more in Paris, he finally settled down in Japan. He blogs here about his various experiences and travels, with an emphasis on his home country, France.

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