While in Paris we had the opportunity to celebrate Le Fête National with the Parisians. I’ve celebrated Independence Day, Canada Day, and Australia Day so I was pretty excited to add Bastille Day to my repertoire – by the way, the French don’t call it Bastille Day, only the English do. The morning of Le Fête National my husband and I wandered the streets to buy our usual pastry and espresso, then headed to a little market to pick up some fromage, saucisse, pain, and vin for lunch. I don’t know if this is actually what Parisians eat during their holidays, but it was très bon!
Feeling recharged after our delicious lunch, we headed out again to explore a bit more of Paris. We climbed to the top of Montmartre, which was a horrible idea because it was insanely hot out, but the stunning view from the top made it worth the climb.
Since it was a holiday and museums had free entry, we took the train to the infamous Louvre museum. The line to get into the museum was short, and immediately after entering we were overwhelmed with the abundance of art – that museum was massive! We saw classics like the Mona Lisa and other beautiful works of art, but unfortunately our time there was cut short because the museum was closing. I would love to go back someday and spend the day browsing through the Louvre and admiring all of the incredible talent.
Later that evening we watched the fireworks explode off the Eiffel Tower. It was a spectacular show and I was so happy to be there and experience it. I shared a little video of the fireworks on my Instagram here. While the fireworks were amazing, the tube ride home, however, was a nightmare. It was packed to the brim, smelled of stinky socks and body odor, and extremely uncomfortable…but that’s part of the experience, right?? It wasn’t until later that evening when we heard about the attack in Nice and were completely shocked by the news. I remember sitting in our room feeling overwhelmed with a mix of fear, sadness, and gratefulness as I thought of how that attack could have been in Paris.
Paris is such a lovely city and I’m so glad to have created memories there – I can’t wait to return someday.by