Bastille Day may be France's national holiday, but people all over the world seem to enjoy celebrating 1789's most infamous prison break. For example, cities all over the United States (even Milwaukee!) hold block parties, stage Bastille-storming reenactments, and drink plenty of celebratory wine.
For my own July 14th celebration I'm hosting the first Parisian Spring Bastille Day Contest! You could win one of my favorite books about the City of Light: "The Sweet Life in Paris," by David Lebovitz. His observations on life in Paris among the Parisians will ring true to anyone who has spent time there (or inspire anyone who hasn't spent time there to buy a plane ticket already), and the recipes that accompany each chapter are easy and delicious.
Of course, Bastille Day isn't really about food, but it is largely about the French military (see: impressive military parade on the Champs-Elysées), so I'll also throw in mousepad with a World War I-era French propaganda poster. Vive la France!
You know you want to read up on la vie Parisienne while baking a French gâteau and gazing at your tri-colore and Marianne inspired mousepad, so...how do you enter the Parisian Spring Bastille Day Contest?
It's easy! Just leave a comment below telling me how you plan to celebrate Bastille Day. And since this French-inspired contest is blissfully free of French bureaucracy, I'll accept any comment that has any French theme you can think of. Not celebrating Bastille Day? Tell me what you love about France, or a French word you know, or a French city you'd like to visit. No red tape here, just prizes.
A few important details:
1. The Parisian Spring Bastille Day Contest starts today and ends at noon EST on July 14th.
2. I will select a winner using the tried and true method of picking a name out of a hat.
3. Be sure to leave your email address with your comment so I can contact you if you win.
4. If you also tweet this contest and mention @TanyaBrothen I will enter your name into the hat twice.
4. I will ship the prizes anywhere in the world.
5. Have fun! We are celebrating liberté, égalité, and fraternité, after all.
So, what are you doing this year to celebrate Bastille Day?