Oui, the French are celebrating their national day today… Bonne Fête Nationale mais non Bastille.d Fr See e ex
But why did nobody well us that the French aren’t celebrating the storming of the Bastille at all?
And that it is only a coincidence that the day falls on the samed date as the start of the Federation of France.
So, a tip ici. Don’t wish your amis Happy Bastille Day.
All of which makes sense.
I mean who’d make a thing of freeing seven prisoners.
And two of them lunatics, and one an Irishman who thought he was Julius Caesar?
Well without further adieu Bonne Fete National around la monde.
La Mère ship
Paris, France: Naturellement. And as you would expect it’s all fly past entertainment, fireworks and flag waving.
The Montréal thing
Montréal, Canada: And emigrées are toujours more Francaisez
Something to Prague about
Kampa, Prague, Czech Republic And you might not associate our Czech chums with July 14
We don’t know if it’s a throwback to Bohemia to Napoleon tor if it’s shared experiences of 1968.
But it’s jazz time in Prague with thousands in the square by the Vlatva River and on Charles Bridge. Ah oui, la joie de sax.
Tahiti treatment that
Tahiti, French Polynesia: And doesn’t July 14 and every fête remind us all how interconnected we all are?
Coconut cracking, fire walking (ouch!), stone weight lifting, food tasting and beauty pageants in Papeete’s To’ata Square anyone?
It’s all part of the Heiva i Tahiti Festival since independence day from June 29. Maeva Tahitians.
Indian Côte D’Azur
Which is why it’s often called the Indian Côte D’Azur (not to be confused with the original French one) or the Riviera of the East.
So fly the flag for India and fly the flag for France. Et a La Tricolore.
And we’ll return to morel in vexilology treats at a later date…
Only today belongs to the French et Bonne Fête Nationale mais non Bastille mon amis.