Paris – Bastille Day
August 3, 2011
August 3, 2011
It was an 8 hours long journy in an overnight train from Milan to Paris. We reached Orly station at 8 in the morning. Dropped our luggage at the hotel and went for a walk until its check in time. While going around, we noticed army, navy, airforce and others that i don’t know. I had no clue what was all that for.
It was Bastille Day. Me being lucky again 🙂 reaching Paris in Bastille day. Specially when the weather is Amazing for such an event. If am not mistaken, we have walked for not less than 8 hours that day.
July 14th is Bastille Day in France. It symbolizes the end of the Monarchy and the beginning of what is now called the First French Republic. The Bastille, a prison at the time, was stormed on July 14, 1789. This event came to represent the end of the king’s power and the transfer of power to the people.
Today, Bastille Day is a national holiday and a day of celebration, which takes the form of military parades and fireworks. The most famous military parade takes place on the Champs-Elysées in Paris and has all the pomp and pageantry you would expect. The Republican Guard – The French President’s personal guards, leads the parade. Bastille Day and the days leading up to it are one of the few times when you will see the French flag everywhere. In general, the French are very low-key about their flag, only showing it off on special days like Bastille Day.
Be warned, sometimes Bastille Day is celebrated on July 13th and most stores and shops are closed.