“He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.” - Victor Hugo, French Poet and Novelist
Today is Bastille Day, a national holiday in France honoring the 1789 storming of the military fortress and prison known as The Bastille, an uprising that was the spark for the French Revolution. Just like the Fourth of July in America, this patriotic holiday celebrates French independence with parades, fireworks and singing of the national anthem. Since Bastille Day in 1880, French troops have marched along the historic avenue Champs-Élysées in Paris — one of the world’s oldest annual military parades. While this important holiday is recognized internationally, the French do not refer it to as Bastille Day, instead formally calling it La Fête Nationale, meaning “The National Celebration” in English. Whether you’re in Paris watching the festivities or just eating a plate of French fries, Happy Bastille Day from PASH!