Tag: Bastille Day

Joyeux 14 juillet

La Fête nationale

14 July is a public holiday in France, commemorating the storming of the Bastille that was the symbolic start of the French Revolution. Here’s what’s planned for it this year. Military parade @armeedeterre: '#MardiConseil À tous nos soldats, où que vous soyez, soyez beaux, soyez… Continue Reading “La Fête nationale”

Talkin’ bout a revolution

It’s le 14 Juillet or La Fête Nationale today in France though civic celebrations this year, thanks to you know what, will be considerably dialled back. Last year M Macron welcomed world leaders in Paris to a truly splendid display of military might. This… Continue Reading “Talkin’ bout a revolution”

It’s la Fête nationale today!

In the English speaking world it’s called Bastille Day but here it’s known simply as le 14 juillet. The French national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, a pivotal moment in the French Revolution. What began as an angry mob… Continue Reading “It’s la Fête nationale today!”

Holiday photos: day 12

Vive la Revolution! We celebrated Bastille Day in Bayonne, a city we’d only previously visited. The weekend changed all of that as we happily pottered around the Old Town, the cathedral, the market and along the banks of the Adour and Neve rivers. As… Continue Reading “Holiday photos: day 12”

Summer celebrations

My recent regime of hill climbing is proving more difficult than anticipated. With the exception of Col de Vence and L’Ara – two climbs with which I’m most familiar – my three consecutive ascents of other hills are proving to be more slow, slower and slowest. The exact reverse… Continue Reading “Summer celebrations”