Posted on 14-07-2017
It’s Bastille Day, July 14, so naturally we should be working on our French! Okay, maybe we should have studied a bit more during high school but these days we just need a few phrases to help us impress our friends and order the good stuff at our favorite bistro.
What is Bastille Day?
“it was the day of la Fête de la Fédération, a joyous celebration in 1790 that honored the new French Republic and commemorated the one year anniversary of the storming of the Bastille (a prison where Louis XVI jailed citizens for speaking out against the government). By the transitive property, la fête du 14-juillet does celebrate this bloody and symbolic victory during the French Revolution, but the holiday is mostly about national pride” -via http://frenchmorning.com/en/france-doesnt-celebrate-bastille-day-2/
While the French may not outwardly celebrate the day, in the US we tend to look for a reason to celebrate, so Vive La France!
5 French Phrases That You Should Be Practicing This Bastille Day:
(click on the link to listen to the translation)
So what should we be drinking on Bastille Day?
Barolo of course! Joking, you need to celebrate the middle of summer with a crisp, dry Alsace followed by a velvety burgundy!