Thursday, July 14, 2011

happy bastille day

OK.  I'm not French, and you're probably not French either, but why not join in a celebration of everything French, or at least everything with a French name?

To remind you, at least those of you who never took French in high school, Bastille Day is the French National Day, sort of like our 4th of July, and celebrates the overthrow (very violent overthrow!) of the French monarchy in 1789.  On July 14, 1789, the revolutionaries stormed the Bastille Prison to release political prisoners and continue the revolt against oppression.

It would be cool to be in Paris sometime for Bastille Day.  It is the major party day of the year in France.  How to celebrate here in the Twin Cities, where people of French descent are few and far between?  I see that there are several Bastille Day celebrations this coming weekend in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Our way of observing the holiday today was to start out with a breakfast of French toast (which may or may not really be French), discussed whether to have lunch at a restaurant in Eagan named Pardon My French, may have Happy Hour at a French restaurant.  Beyond that, we will listen to Les Miz and maybe even Claudine Longet music while we wave the little French flag that Mary bought for me.  Any other ideas?  Or are we just a little too desperate for something to celebrate?

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