Bastille Day, known in France as “la Fête Nationale”, takes place on 14 July every year. It’s far from a mere bank holiday then – this date is considered the ultimate celebration of French culture and heritage. This special day marks the Storming of the Bastille, a political event that shaped the France we know today. Throughout the country, you’ll hear impassioned cries of “Vive la France! Vive la République!” as people gather in the streets for huge parties. But how did Bastille Day come to be?
Toward the end of the 18th Century, the French monarchy was in crisis. The country was on the brink of bankruptcy due to costly involvement in the American Revolution, yet King Louis XVI and his coiffed queen Marie Antoinette continued to spend lavishly while ordinary people starved. On 14 July 1789, Parisian rebels stormed the Bastille, a royal prison that had come to signify the cruelty of the sovereignty. This event marked the beginning of the French Revolution, a decade of political turmoil in which the king was overthrown by the new radical state and sent to the guillotine. Eventually of course, the absolute monarchy was replaced by a constitutional government.
Here we give you some brilliant historical ways to mark the most important day in France’s calendar.
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If all the drama and excitement in the lead up to the British Open has whetted your appetite, take a look at these other great golf tournaments taking place across Europe this year. Whether you’re looking to take on the greens yourself or simply catch the newest talent rising through the ranks, you’ll find the perfect golfing break here. From fantastic family fun days to luxurious resort breaks to taking on the pros, here’s our guide to the best alternative European golf tournaments of 2017.
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While the French are blissfully wedded to world-class cooking and undoubtedly devoted to fine wine, the nation’s long and passionate love affair with fast cars is hardly a well-kept secret. France’s ardour for auto-racing can be traced back to 1894 and the origins of the Grand Prix, which started out as a simple road race from one town to the next. Over the course of the 20th Century, the country’s rendezvous with racing set a precedent across the globe. A direct descendant of the original Grand Prix, the Formula One circus now travels to an endless array of glamorous locations, yet the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ is the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix in the South of France. Gotta keep it local. Another highlight of the jam-packed racing roster is 24 Hours of Le Mans: the world’s oldest endurance race. Here, we present the ultimate guide for those who want to discover the thrills of this full-throttle spectacular.
Although this year’s race has already taken place, tickets are now available for 2018, making now the perfect time to plan ahead to catch the action. Here, we present the ultimate guide for those who want to discover the thrills of this full-throttle spectacular.
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This summer’s festival season is well and truly upon us, and fields all across the country will be filled with people wanting to camp, sing and dance to some of the world’s best music. If you’re looking for something different though, continental Europe could offer something totally unique. Celebrating the weird and the wonderful – from bathtub sailing in Belgium to onion festivals in Germany, read on for our guide to some of the most unusual European festivals.
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It’s time to grab your sunglasses and head to this treasured spot in France where the stars shine almost as bright as the sun. A holiday in Cannes is a true slice of luxury, whether you’re enjoying outdoor screenings during the film festival or taking a break to the glamorous spot at any other time of the year. The city’s beautiful coastlines and sprawling beachside cafés are perfectly mixed with majestic casinos and glitzy bars for an evening’s entertainment, so you can relax in style throughout your stay. Here’s how to holiday like a star in Cannes.
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