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Thursday, July 19, 2007

How Was It? Bastille Day

posted by on July 19 at 16:12 PM

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which took place on 14 July 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison and a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis the 16th’s Ancient Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king’s power was no longer absolute: power should be based on the Nation and be limited by a separation of powers.

What does this mean to Seattle? Hell if I know. But I tried to find out. And because this city, weirdly, decided to celebrate the holiday on Sunday the 15th, from 11 am-6 pm at the Seattle Center (?), I thought I go out and talk to some people Saturday night. I ate a big hunk of super gooey Brie (yum) then drank a whole bottle of Two Buck Chuck (oops) and stormed the biggest Bastille Day celebration I’d heard of - The Comet Tavern. The music was perfect, and members of local band Romance were especially nice. And patient. I can’t believe how many times I asked them to try to sing the French National Anthem…

“Fête Nationale” How Was It!

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I always celebrate it by watering our furrows with unclean blood, pretty traditional really.

Posted by kinaidos | July 19, 2007 4:39 PM

That girl wearing black, hanging out with the gentleman of questionable moral character, has the most adorable laugh in the history of laughing.

Posted by qulib | July 19, 2007 6:56 PM

It was a very bloody revolution followed by a very bloody Reign of Terror

Over the next 75 years, France was ruled and governed by a republic, a dictatorship, a constitutional monarchy and two different empires before the 1900's.

Posted by Simon | July 20, 2007 1:47 PM

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