Viva la France!
We just celebrated our own Independence Day, but France is getting ready to have their own on July 14th. They had a revolution just like America. Near the end of the 18th century, French citizens were disappointed with Louis XVI’s monarchy, the aristocracy and the church, which were increasingly being expressed with acts of civil unrest. On July 14, 1789 hundreds of Parisians marched to the Bastille Prison and killed the governor. This act triggered the start of the French Revolution, which brought about the end of the monarchy.
With it came the declaration ‘liberte, egalite, fraternite’ – freedom, equality and brotherhood. This is still the national motto of France and has been adopted by other countries. This motto appears on French coins and France’s Euro currency.
Storming of the Bastille is observed across France as the Fete de la Bastille – Bastille Day. There are nationwide celebrations, but if you want to be at some of the biggest in the country then you should be in Paris along the famous Champs-Elysees. There you can sit on the tree-lined avenue and watch the military procession, military bands and military fly-by. After dark, a huge fireworks display lights up the night sky and parties continue till the dawn in the city’s bars, cafes and restaurants. Since Bastille Day falls during Tour de France, French riders make a special effort to take a stage victory for France on this day.
Can’t make it to Paris? Have your own Bastille Day celebration with these incredible Grilled Chocolate and Brie sandwiches. Check out the recipe here. Enjoy the world’s most uncommonly delicious chocolate from Drexelius Chocolates on it’s own or in this savory dish. Start your own revolution and eat fantastic chocolate…all the time!
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