June 26, 2013 |
Bastille Day Brunch: In celebration of Bastille Day , the French independence holiday, Church & State Bistro is offering a La Jour de la Bastille brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on July 14. The traditional French menu includes oysters, foie de volaille with toasted baguette, lamb merguez sandwiches, brochette de poulet, ratatouille, and mousse au chocolat. The brunch will be accompanied with drinks -- pastis, picpoul, panache, rosé, and mint spritzers -- and a pétanque tournament.
May 9, 2012 |
It was no surprise, of course, whenFrance'snew Socialist president, Francois Hollande, celebrated his election over the weekend at the Place de la Bastille. Once the site of the nation's most notorious prison, the square has long been the place that French leftists proclaim their victories. But while many commentators noted the symbolic importance of the Bastille, they overlook how this symbol has changed over time - a transformation that may hold a lesson for President-elect Hollande.
July 14, 2011 |
Thursday is Bastille Day, an explosion of parades, public events, parties and, well, explosions, in honor of French culture. Like Independence Day in America, the celebration ends with the skies full of fireworks. But you don't need to be at the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the day. The Paris fireworks, which will take place at 2 p.m. Pacific time, can be viewed from this French website . Check it out. A digital clock on the homepage is counting down the minutes until the big event.
July 14, 2011 |
Nothing like Bastille Day to get you thinking about the glamorous French Foreign Legion, which was formed in 1831. "Whatever your origins, nationality or religion might be, whatever qualifications you may or may not have, whatever your social or professional status might be, whether you are married or single, the French Foreign Legion offers you a chance to start a new life ... " So says the legion's website , which includes a pretty impressive...
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July 10, 2011 |
Naturalist Anne LaBastille became something of a cult hero among modern women for embracing a distinctly frontier past. When her marriage fell apart in the mid-1960s, she took refuge in the wilderness, building a log cabin on a hidden lake in the Adirondack Mountains and then carving an influential writing career out of her remote existence. Both the women's and environmental movements were on the rise in 1976 when she published "Woodswoman," the first in a four-volume autobiographical series that celebrated her adventures — and inspired women across the nation to engage in the great outdoors.
June 28, 2011 |
A few feet from an overgrown path that hugs the banks of the still, green Marne River, two fishermen doze in a small wooden boat under the buzzing wings of insects. Awakened on a humid late afternoon, they raise a beer and shout, "Bonjour!" A little farther on, the riverside path winds toward a tiny island covered with trees, and the muffled sound of music. The trees break for a clearing, revealing a terrace set with red-and-white checkered tablecloths on picnic tables under wisteria-covered trellises.