Interestingly enough, the traditional military parade on the 14th of July - Bastille Day - does not even go there and prefers the wider Place de la Concorde for its finishing line instead. And in a week time, the 100th Tour de France will finish nearby on the Champs Elysees after going back and forth a few times between Place de l'Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. Most would know that the Bastille was once a prison, and in its place, we have now a beautiful column in the middle of a busy complex intersection and a new temple of culture: the Opera Bastille. It is also the confluence of the Marais and the more up and coming 11th arrondissement where one can find great restaurants and bars as well as furniture makers and famous architects practices like Jean Nouvel and Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Kenzo used to live nearby as well...
Tonight and tomorrow night, Paris will be abuzz with the famous "Bals du 14 Juillet" all around Paris, the suburbs and the country. Here in Sydney, there are celebrations at the Alliance Francaise, at "La Brasserie" - with a talented French pianist, Elodie Sablier and her singer friend - they call themselves "The Black Diamonds - and at "Tastevin" in Darlinghurst. And one of my neighbours - Greg and his son Brian, went out of their way to present us with a "baguette" and sang "La Marseillaise" to us!. I am not moving any time soon!!!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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