Bastille Day à l’américaine

I didn’t see fireworks on July 4th, but I did head to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff to celebrate Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, on July 14th.

Since none of my friends here are quite as nerdy nor French-obsessed as I am, I easily convinced my brother Grant and his friends Matt and James to go with. You might remember Grant and Matt from when they visited me in France for Christmas. The turnout was huge when we got there!

Lines were long and treats were expensive, but it was nice to walk around and see the traditional French courtyard game pétanque being played, a giant chess set being used by all ages, and a group of men being judged on the quality of their mustaches. The best part was having my ears perk up at the slightest sound of French being spoken. It happened more often that I thought it would! I even spoke with a member of l’Alliance Française in his native language as I hopefully filled out my entry to their sweet raffle.

Pétanque: Players stand inside a circle and throw their metal ball towards a small wooden ball on the other side of the court, trying to get it to land as close as possible to (and without hitting) it.

Matt playing on the giant chess set – he won twice in a row and decided to gracefully retire.
Some of the mustache competitors. They could’ve competed for beards, too!
Fancy kid street performer, showing off his plate balancing skills!
Mon frère et moi!

All in all, it was a great Bastille Day celebration! Obviously we celebrated with all things French: courtyard games, mustaches, chess, and kid street performers wearing stripes… the next best thing to celebrating in the right country.

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2 thoughts on “Bastille Day à l’américaine

  1. Cyndi July 23, 2012 / 12:15 PM

    The picture above is a new favorite of mine. Love you, and all of the excitement and enjoyment you bring to our family.

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