Welcome to Katie's Travel Blog. This is really Jenny-doesn't-get-to-travel blog where I (mom) keep track of Katie's adventures so I can have some vicarious enjoyment! Here's a look at what one globally-aware kid from little Santa Cruz, California gets to do these days if her mom's willing to keep working!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Day 16: July 14 is Bastille Day in France!

The kids were supposed to play baseball today with The Bootleggers in Argancy. But it's been cancelled. Someone didn't do the math properly because our kids arrive in Paris for Bastille Day!

Foot fest in Austria.
Every year, France celebrates the 14th of July as Bastille Day, also known as “ La Fête Nationale.” Bastille Day symbolizes the overthrow of the monarchy and the beginning of a new French Republic. On July 14, 1789, the common people of France stormed Bastille, a military prison, to show their opposition to the tyrannical rule of the French aristocrats. Traditionally Bastille Day is celebrated with a military parade, the largest of which is held on a famous Paris street, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, where the head of the state and other prominent people are present.  In France people celebrate the holiday in different regions by organizing local dance and fireworks displays during the evening. The history of this celebration is rooted to the significance of the birth of the republic.
While they will be in transit a portion of the day, I hope P2P have figured out some way the kids can participate in the celebration. When they day is over, they head to their final hotel, the Quality Inn Rosny-sous-Bois right outside of Paris. Maybe they will at least get to enjoy some fireworks!
Folk dancing lessons.

Judy, the delegation leader, send along a few photos of the kids (and Katie). Love getting them.

I also discovered they ate at Burger King today in Lucerne! I saw a charge come through for the most expensive fast food ever.Katie called and said they wanted American food so badly they decided to eat there. P2P gave the kids money - 10 Swiss Francs - but the food cost more than that so Katie had to charge and now she's got 10 Francs she can use anywhere because they are in France.

Luzerne Burger King
Katie said Lucerne was amazing and they did get to see the Lion of Lucerne. It was as beautiful and tragic as it appears and she couldn't stop taking photos of it. They did spend a lot of time in transit and were feeling pretty squirrely when they got to the hotel (she called late and was wound up and pretty silly). It was a great call and the excitement about France was tangible.

Bonne Fête Nationale!

People to People Itinerary: SATURDAY, JULY 14: Paris, France
  • Share a real People to People Moment with a French baseball club and enjoy a friendly game together.
  • Enjoy your lunch in Argancy with your new French friends, from the baseball club "The Bootleggers!"

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