Happy Bastille Day! (Paris in July)

What is Bastille Day? Bastille Day is the annual French celebration of the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution in 1789. It is formally known as La Fête Nationale. In Paris, there will be the annual parade down the Rue Champs-Elysees today. Other cities around the world will be hosting their own French celebrations and weekend gatherings. I was supposed to go the French Festival in Santa Barbara this weekend, but it was canceled. That still won’t stop me from learning about and participating in Bastille Day in the Bay Area!

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Books of Interest – Bastille Day Reads

Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution – Simon Schama (Paperback, 976 pages, Vintage, list price: $29.95)

Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution Michelle Moran, (Hardcover, 464 pages, Crown, list price: $25.00)

A Place of Greater Safety Hilary Mantel, (Paperback, 768 pages, Picador, list price: $18)

Online Resources

Bastille Day

Bastille Day Pomp and Pageantry (Washington Post)

French Revolution – Bastille Day (History Channel.com)

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