• Thu. Jul 18th, 2024

So This is Paris: Bastille Day


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If you know anything about me, you know I love all things French and parties.  A better combination? French parties!  Bastille Day is coming up on the 14th and if you don’t know what that means, I’ll tell you: Bastille Day is sort of like the French Independence Day.  There was an uprising at Eastern State Penitentiary and Marie Antoinette threw Tastycakes down to the crowd.  Oh wait, that’s what they do here in Philly.

Bastille Day in Philadelphia. Courtesy visitphilly.com
Bastille Day in Philadelphia. Courtesy visitphilly.com







I’m all about a holiday that includes wigs, Darth Vader, and Tastycakes.  If you don’t know what Tastycakes are; don’t worry.  They are a local traditional foods and the less you know about them, the more for me!

Where was I?

Bastille Day is a time for celebrating and while I’m pretty sure Darth Vader doesn’t march down the Champs Elysees during the parade, there are plenty of things to do to celebrate during this fete (see what I did there? threw in a Frenchy word).

One way to celebrate Bastille Day is to read French books! My friends at Le French Book are celebrating and want to invite you:

This ebook-first publisher focuses on fiction in translation from France, with a special emphasis on the country’s top-selling mysteries and thrillers. To mark the date, it is running Bastille Day Sweepstakes for an ereader and a number of summer ebook reads with a French flair. “With our focus on entertaining reads from France, we couldn’t miss out on this Bastille Day opportunity to share what we are doing with new readers,” says Anne Trager, the company’s founder. She started Le French Book with the goal of sharing what she loves about the Gallic nation and its fiction. The sweepstakes run from July 11 through July 14.
Read more about what to do on Bastille Day and the sweepstakes here.
Get your chance to win via Facebook.
Or enter the sweepstakes directly here: http://www.lefrenchbook.com/bastille-day-sweepstakes/
Click here for a free Bastille Day short story by seven of France’s top writers.
So grab your beret (who cares if it’s passe), a glass of wine, and a Tastycake butterscotch krimpet or a baguette and celebrate!