Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bastille Day, La Fête Nationale

What exactly is Bastille Day? My definition is that it is the perfect day to celebrate all things French. (Actually, it is the French national holiday commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris, and the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789.)

France is just a short train ride away at the Chicago French Market. Your family can take the train from in front of the Library to the Ogilvie Transportation Center. The secret to getting to the market is to use the stairs located at the BACK END of the train platform to go down to Metra’s street level Suburban Concourse.

If you plan your trip for for July 11, you can visit the Chicago French Bastille Day 2010 celebration & games at Soldier Field. The event is part of the Chicago World Cup Festival.

If you would like to learn a little French to share with your children before you leave, try our Mango Languages online language-learning system. Maybe you'll learn to say "I love crepes".

When you return from your trip abroad, encourage your child to read a classic French tale by Charles Perrault. His collection of folklore was first published in 1697. My favorites include Puss in Boots, and Cinderella, and The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault which includes Little Red Riding Hood and The Sleeping Beauty.

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