If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Bastille Day with the French today, but can’t be in Paris by midnight, then, fellow Franophiles, we’ve come up some ways to feel a little bit French…
1. Watch a French movie
Sometimes it’s nice to take a detour from a typical Hollywood plot, and with so many gorgeous French films to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong. Top flicks include Amelie, The Intouchables and The Artist.
2. Visit an art museum
France has given us some of the most beautiful artworks in the world. But if you can’t get to the Louvre, then try out a local gallery. And if you’re lucky enough to have a visiting Degas or Monet exhibition near you, today is the perfect day to enjoy it.
3. Walk your dog
Dogs are a unique part of Parisian culture. They are dearly loved, treated very ‘humanly’ and allowed in places like cafes and shops. If you’re longing to get in touch with your inner Parisian, then take your favourite pooch for a stroll around a tree-lined street.
4. Visit a cafe
Preferably a French one, of course. The French are famous for their love of good food, and if there’s a French restaurant near you that you’ve been waiting to try, tonight is the night.
5. Have a croissant for breakfast
And if you want to be truly French, order a cafe au lait with that. Toasted baguettes and sliced brioche with butter or jam work just as well.
6. Ride your bicycle
Being the home of the Tour de France, Parisians love to gad about town on their bicycles. And why not? It’s a healthful, invigorating way to get from A to B, but also a relaxing and almost meditative experience.
7. Indulge yourself in some French luxury labels
If you were ever planning to splurge on a piece of high-end French fashion, today is the perfect excuse to do it. With brands like Hermes, Chanel and Dior, there are plenty of luxe labels to choose from.
8. Put your best beret forward
As the days continue to chill us, a beret is the perfect French accessory to compliment your wardrobe. Berets are pretty strongly associated with southwestern France and people wear them when celebrating special events.
9. Cook a typical French dish
We’ve already talked about how good French food is, but if you can’t get to a French bistro tonight, then bring the French bistro to you. For a cold night in July, try boeuf bourguignon or pot au feu. Bon appetite mrs amis!