Paper art by Sydney-based French artist Marine Coutroutsios
Have you guys already planned your Bastille Day this year?
More and more exciting things happen in Sydney for the occasion, and it’s great to see Bastille Day so wholeheartedly embraced by Australians & French expats alike every year!
Bastille Day is upon us! AGAIN!
Weeks have passed so fast that I’ve only just realized I’d never posted the pictures of last year’s Bastille Day celebration we had with my girlfriends. Since I’m not doing anything this year for the 14th July (I know: what kind of a French woman am I!), I will this time stick to reminiscing on our beautiful little picnic.
My friend was in charge of bringing the red wine and the saucisson, and I was in charge of the baguettes, which I bought from Bourke Street Bakery: love their semi-sour baguettes! Then I saw the Crème Brûlée Raspberry & Vanilla Tarts and didn’t think twice about it: there was our dessert!
We then met at Formaggi Ocello in Surry Hills for this crucial step in our shopping spree. There was no way that I could leave the shop without some Comté, my favourite cheese in the whole world! We also bought a soft Italian goats cheese, Brunet, which I liked a lot the look of!
Cheeses: Brunet goats cheese and my beloved Comté
I have never really celebrated Bastille Day much back in France. To me it was mostly a public holiday which also happened to fall on my Dad’s birthday, with all the accompanying jokes that the French army was marching in Paris to salute him. As a kid, it was also the day for fireworks, where it was de rigueur to exclaim after each blast: “Oooh, la belle bleue, ooooh la belle rouge!”
I was very pleased and surprised to see that Bastille Day was commonly celebrated in Australia and decided to have my own little Bastille Day dinner at home this year.