I just thought I’d share some of the pictures taken from the best weekend ever!
For those of you who don’t know July the 14th is a very special day in France. It is known as the ‘fête nationale’ or French national holiday similar to the 4th of July celebrated in the United States. Bastille day commemorates the beginning of the French revolution with the storming of the Bastille fortress on July 14th 1789, a prison emblematic of the anarchic reign of King Louis XVI.
This day is celebrated across France and naturally being in Paris I felt obliged to partake in all the French festivities ;).
Traditionally events on this day include firemen balls, military parades and concerts to name a few, yet for me the firework display in Champ de Mars is probably one of the best things to see. This park is situated at the foot of the Eiffel tower and offers a stunning view of the annual Eiffel Tower firework display.
With an estimated half a million people in attendance every year we were eager to get there early to secure our spot in the beautiful gardens. We arrived around 2pm and enjoyed a very boozy afternoon picnic discussing topical events in impeccable Franglish.
However after 7 long hours in the park and no sight of fireworks or any sign of decent entertainment we did become very cranky, almost leaving twice to avoid the huge crowds. If there if one piece of advice I can pass on, it would be not to leave before the display! Watching the Eiffel Tower illuminated as it was truly a breathtaking experience well worth the wait!
For any of you considering a trip to Paris in July, I would definitely recommend sticking around for Bastille Day, it’s a memory I will never forget!