Happy Bastille Day, or in other (French) words, La Fete Nationale! Just when you thought you had nothing to do with those leftover 4th of July decorations, along comes our French equivalent, which conveniently shares the colors with Old Glory. In France, Bastille day marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. In a nutshell, it occurred when an angry mob revolted against the tyranny of their king, Louis XVI, by attacking the Bastille Prison in order to obtain gun powder and take down a symbol of the king’s oppression. When a duke informed him of this news, he inquired, “Is this a revolt?” His reply? “No Majesty, this is a revolution.” And the rest is history. (To read more, visit http://bastille-day.com/history.) This item is on the list because as I was in the coming-up-with-ideas process, I was in a funk about not being able to travel to Spain with some of my classmates. Therefore, I decided that I would just bring another part of the world to my little corner, even if I couldn’t do the reverse (yet). Knowing that this was one of the few widely celebrated holidays in summer, I jumped on the opportunity to observe another country’s culture. After doing some research, I discovered that French food is a must. Other festive traditions include parades, dances/balls, and fireworks. Sound familiar? I began my day by stopping at a cafe for some quiche and coffee. Next I went to get a French manicure, which somehow turned into a pink and black manicure (more on that on my vlog tonight). Then I bought the Eiffel Tower shirt you see me wearing here, which I think will be a very nice token of my celebration. For dinner I enjoyed a croissant sandwich, which would have included French Onion Soup had we had any on hand and wine if I was old enough to drink. As I write now, I am listening to La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. And if you visit this site: http://14juillet.paris.fr/ you can see the full 30 minute fireworks show put on right in Paris. Although fireworks are illegal here right now, I still plan on throwing down some leftover poppers to suffice, being the rebel that I am. Overall, I would say this has been a very rewarding experience; I was able to learn about another culture’s customs, and enjoy celebrating them myself. I definitely plan on doing it again next year, and hopefully it will be even more extravagant… who knows, I might just have a new stamp on my passport by then.
Love & Summer,
P.S. I re-rocked a red lip today too!