Bastille Day in Nantes

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Bastille Day, the French National Day, is cel­e­brated on the 14 of July, usu­ally with fire­works. It is not a huge dis­play of patri­o­tism like Canada Day—I can’t remem­ber spot­ting any French flags in the crowd!—but a chance to party, drink and enjoy what­ever fes­tiv­i­ties is orga­nized locally.

One of my most mem­o­rable Bastille Day cel­e­bra­tions was the one I spent in Bei­jing, China, in 1999. There were still few for­eign­ers and even fewer French in China back then, and we had been invited at the recep­tion at the French Embassy. They had the nicest and largest French foods buf­fet I had ever seen with all-you-can-drink cham­pagne, imported cheese, bread, etc.—basically every­thing a French in China may crave.

Most sum­mers, I spent Bastille Day by the sea­side, at the fam­ily house. The National Day isn’t a big deal there, we just had fire­works by the beach.

This was my first Bastille Day in Nantes, and Mark’s first time see­ing fire­works. It was pretty cool although secur­ing a good spot was tougher than I had thought. I tend to stay away from the crowd in France because unlike Cana­di­ans, French can be pretty pushy, drunk and fights do happen.

You can see the com­plete set of pic­tures of France here.

Isle of Nantes by Night

Isle of Nantes by Night

Isle of Nantes by Night

Isle of Nantes by Night

Isle of Nantes by Night

Isle of Nantes by Night

Chantiers Navals

Chantiers Navals

The Loire River

The Loire River

Isle of Nantes

Isle of Nantes

Titan Crane

Titan Crane

Loire River

Loire River

Place du Sanitat

Place du Sanitat

Mark's First Fireworks

Mark’s First Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

Bastille Day Fireworks

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

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