Bastille Day 2014 in Chicago – I love France #99

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Bastille Day 2014 in Chicago

Paris in July 2014

As last year, and as announced here earlier on, here is a special post on the way we celebrated le 14 juillet in Chicago, or Bastille Day as American people prefer to say!

I believe this was the 3rd time it was organized on Daley Plaza, and the best so far! I could really feel the ambiance of le 14 juillet in my little village. What made the big difference is that, apart from music and food, I’ll get back to that, there were games for the first time!

Yes, there is indeed a Pétanque Club in Chicago and the suburbs! So they had set up 2 pétanque courts (on fake grass, sorry for the purist, as we usually play this “national French sport” on sand). Everyone was allowed to try and get a free lesson. It was really neat to see young and older people, from all parts of the world and all walks of life, discover the game or renew with an old tradition. I had a few great shots myself.

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And the other really funny event was la course des garçons de café [the bartenders race]: the idea is to run with a tray carrying glasses full of water. The winner is the one who arrives first and without spilling!

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And of course there were great crêpes, sweet and savory (with ratatouille!), croissants, baguettes, wine and Champagne.

When you had enough of these delicious things, you could go for a very French picture.  I have to say it looked really bizarre for me that one would want to have that type of picture taken, but seeing the success of that booth I can definitely say that the American passion for everything French is quite alive!

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 As usual, there was a short discours by the French consul in Chicago, in both languages, and both national anthems were sang, so beautifully actually by a young soprano.

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Neat reflections on the Chicago buildings

And then it was the turn for music and dance. There was quite a wild ambiance, thanks mostly to the French group HK et les saltimbanks – HK is Kaddour Hadadi, a French rapper. He was born in France, his Dad is from Algeria, so his idea was to combine both cultures. He revisits old French songs and gives them a popular Algerian flavor. It really works, and the audience loved it!

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As you can see on the bottom right corner of this video, it’s never too early to start dancing on French music!! Here the Salimbanks are revisiting a very famous song by Jacques Brel, starting with the original melody:

If you want to listen more of this great group, you can try this link, with a 45 mn concert. Enjoy!

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Paris in July 2013

Paris in July 2013

BookBath and Thyme For Tea are doing again “Paris in July” this year.

Here is their presentation:

The event will run from the 1st – 31st July and as always there will be no rules or targets in terms of how much you need to do or complete in order to be a part – just blog about anything French and you can join in. Some ideas for the month might include:
– Reading a French book – fiction or non-fiction
– Watching a French movie
– Listening to French music
– Cooking French food
– Experiencing French art, architecture or travel (or remembering travel experiences)
– Or anything else French inspired you can think of…
Which is basically the same as my weekly French meme, I love France (see in the right side bar), but only in July.
Anyway, I decided to link my posts there this month.
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I will post a recap of my posts here:

  1. Review of The Promise of Provence, by Patricia Sands
  2. ARC giveaway of Studio Saint-Ex, a historical novel on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry!
  3. Review of The Cross And The Dragon, by Kim Rendfeld
  4. Review of From Absinthe To Zest, by Alexandre Dumas
  5. Interview of Helena Fairfax, author of The Silk Romance, taking place in Lyon!

That’s all, I had other plans but did not have time for the following. They will come eventually

  1. Review of Micmacs
  2. List of the latest book added to my France TBR on Goodreads
  3. My own French sorrel sauce recipe for fish
  4. Celebrating Bastille Day 2013 in Chicago! – darn it, I have fantastic videos, but have not taken time to upload them!!
  5. and maybe more!

I love France #25: Bastille Day in Chicago

I LOVE FRANCE!

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In France, we celebrate “le 14 juillet” (July 14th), but in the US we say we celebrate Bastille Day!

To celebrate that day, we went first to our favorite French cheese place: La Pastorale, in the French Market under Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago,

…and bought some nice Comté.

With some nice baguette, we were ready to eat under the Eiffel Tower!

Then we went to Daley Plaza, where a sort of block party was organized in honor of Bastille Day.

Here is the video banner of the event

There was food – nice crepes, drink – good wine, and even great music. Here is a short excerpt of 2 fantastic French singers.

There was even French cancan!!

It was neat to meander among the crowd and hear people talking French together. it was a beautiful afternoon, and the architecture around fit the nice ambiance

DID YOU CELEBRATE BASTILLE DAY?
WHY?
HOW?

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