For today’s Daily Escape, we take you to Place de la Bastille, a square in the heart of Paris, in celebration of Bastille Day. But what is Bastille Day? Well, Place de la Bastille was where the notorious and oppressive Bastille fortress, which was used by many kings of France as a state prison, once stood. Then came the fateful day of July 14, 1789 – Bastille Day — when it was stormed by a crowd of workers, mutinous soldiers and traders, triggering a major flashpoint in the French Revolution. That single moment turned what was once a symbol of autocratic cruelty into a spirit of defiance.
This Bastille Day, you don’t have to be French to appreciate this vibrant history — and the universal values it imparted of liberté, egalité, fraternité! Feel that spirit as you walk the square, brimming with a colorful scene of open-air markets, a marina filled with lounging seafarers and the July Column– a monument that stands in remembrance of a later call for liberty.
How are you celebrating this Bastille Day? Let us know in the comments!