Bonne fête nationale mes amis!
On 14th July the French celebrate “le 14 Juillet” or better known worldwide as “Bastille Day”. This festive occasion is a celebration for French communities, but is now celebrated by people of all nationalities around the world. The day represents freedom, equality and fraternity and also commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération.
The “Bastille” was a jail stormed and taken by the people of Paris on the 14th of July 1789. This marked the beginning of the Revolution, and later became the day celebrated as the French National day.
Anyone who knows me is aware that France is one of my favourite countries. I love everything about the French – their food, wine, architecture, perfume and of course their seductive language!
Brisbane celebrated Bastille Day over the weekend by throwing a 3 day French Festival in South Bank with live music, roaming entertainers, French food and my favourite, French cheese and wine.
After a day of basking in the warm winter sun, drinking wine and devouring as many French goodies as I could, it was time to head home along the picturesque Brisbane River in true Parisian style – on a bicycle.
Which was probably wise considering how much I ate… how do the French manage to stay so slim with all those delicious treats?