Living France - - DÉCOUVREZ -

I have just read a let­ter in the Fe­bru­ary is­sue from Dave Pep­per who was a French teacher and had al­ways told his stu­dents what a great cel­e­bra­tion Bastille Day was in France, but was dis­ap­pointed to find, when on hol­i­day, that his near­est town didn’t re­ally cel­e­brate it. My hus­band and I have been trav­el­ling to France for many years and have en­joyed Bastille Day on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. One year in par­tic­u­lar, we ar­rived in Sar­lat on 14 July to find the square was set up for a con­cert and we en­joyed a great night sit­ting out­side lis­ten­ing and danc­ing to mu­sic with a great fire­work dis­play at the end. In 2015, we were in Bén­odet on the 14th and there was a stage set up on the beach ( pic­tured) and a great ac­cor­dion/brass band played all evening with danc­ing sim­i­lar to a Scot­tish cèilidh. Fire­works also ended the night. It is a fan­tas­tic cel­e­bra­tion to en­joy and I look for­ward to many more. Ca­role Boyd Belfast If you have some­thing you’d like to share, from anec­dotes to hol­i­day snaps, drop us a line at or to

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