At this time of year, the evening sky is regularly illuminated by a rainbow of colours. Loud bangs are followed by delightful explosions of bright lights, which delight anyone who catches a glimpse.
Fireworks suggest celebration, excitement and a sense of occasion. In November, we remember Guy Fawkes. We wrap up warm and head out in the dark to see the entrancing flames of the bonfire, before looking skywards for the fireworks extravaganza. We associate Bonfire night with the musty smells of autumn, toffee apples, sausages and jacket potatoes dripping with butter.
In a few months, we may watch other great displays to mark the end of the year and the start of 2016. Whether we join the crowds in cities around the UK or view the spectacle from the comfort of our sofa, we can’t help but let out the occasional ‘oow and aaah’. The occasion is often accompanied by champagne and the tune of Auld Lang Syne.
If you love fireworks, then a French holiday in July could be just the thing. Bastille Day is celebrated across France on 14th July. It marks the storming of the Bastille, which was a major event in the French Revolution. Even in regions which opposed the uprising and stood on the side of aristocracy, or those which were rural farming communities with little involvement in the political events of the day, celebrate with fireworks on this national day.
In France Bastille Day is generally referred to as ‘La Fete Nationale’ or ‘Le Quartorzo Julillet’. Rather than wrapping up in coats, hats, scarves and gloves, the Bastille Day celebrations can be watched on a warm summer’s evening. If you prefer the idea of sipping a glass of chilled Rose wine to a hot toddy, then this could be the way to observe the skies being lit up by fantastic firework displays.
In the coastal resorts near to our Carisma campsites //www.carisma.co.uk/campsites.html, the fireworks are typically let off over the sea. The lights are reflected on the Atlantic waves and this simply adds to the impressive effect.
So, if you have enjoyed Bonfire night and are planning a French holiday in July, put a note in the diary to head down to the local marina on Bastille Day.
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