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14 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day

On July 14, 1789, an angry mob stormed the Bastille in Paris, a prison that housed only seven inmates. To incensed crowd, the medieval structure represented a landmark which symbolized all of their frustration with the reigning monarchy, a weak economic environment, high taxes and a lack of personal financial control. You can read more detail here on this milestone event that sparked the start of the French Revolution.

Fast forward to 2016 and Bastille Day is for the French like July 4th  is for Americans, it is a holiday and a reason to celebrate with friends, family and strangers. As a toast to our French friends and Francophiles everywhere here, are 14 ways to celebrate Bastille Day:

#1 Watch some fancy aerial maneuvers – the Patrouille de France always performs their acrobatic show complete with patriotic bleu, blanc, rouge smoke.

Patrouille de France @PerfProvence Patrouille de France smoke @PerfProvence

#2 Hang out in a café

Hang out in a cafe @perfProvence

#3 Tour de France – the riders regardless of nationality are out on the roads to the delight of passers-by. In 2016, the tour finish for (Stage 12 ) is at the top of Mt Ventoux after 184 kilometres!

Tour de France @PerfProvence

Mont Ventoux @PerfProvence

#4 Buy a baguette

Saint Quentin la Poterie market @perfprovence

#5 Savour some French cheese

Goats Cheese @PerfProvence

# 6 Go to a farmers’ market

Provencal Market #AixenProvence @PerfProvence

#7  Watch a parade. There is a big military parade in Paris that takes over the Champs-Elysées. Below is a small Provencal version.

Parade in Provence @PerfProvence

#8 Take your dog to lunch

Lunch with your dog @PerfProvence

#9 Drink some French wine

French wine #WinesofFrance @PerfProvence

#10 Enjoy a village party

Provencal Market @PerfProvence

#11 Wear a beret

Bastille Day Bereet @PerfProvence

#12 Learn French online at your own pace. Click here for a special offer of two months free for Perfectly Provence readers. Feel free to share the language love.

Learn French 2 month offer @Gymglish

#13 Open a bottle of champagne

Buckets of Champagne @PerfProvence

#14 Fireworks – Paris puts on a show here are details for this year.

Bastille Day Fireworks @PerfProvence

How are you going to celebrate Bastille Day?

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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