We hope everyone in Paris for Bastille Day had a marvelous time celebrating and watching the outstanding fireworks display! One of our friends shared with us an incredible Paris From Above photo gallery with gorgeous aerial photos of Paris and the Bastille Day celebrations by Reuters photographers Charles Platiau and Gonzalo Fuentes. We know you’ll love it, too! Click here for a unique look at Paris seen from the sky – including the famous landmarks, Bastille Day military parades, parks and gardens and the fireworks behind the Eiffel Tower after dark. Ooh la la!!
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The 2013 Tour de France is underway and each day brings the riders closer to the finish line along the Champs-Élysées in Paris. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France, the world’s most notable cycling race, and takes the riders through 21 stages in Corsica and the French mainland covering a total distance of 3,404 kilometers. That’s just over 2,115 miles! This Sunday, July 21st, the excitement of the Tour de France hits the capital as the riders head toward the finish line right in the heart of the Paris.
The final stages starts in regal Versailles and takes the teams along a route of 133.5 kilometers into the center of Paris to the grand finale laps around the Champs-Élysées to Place de la Concorde and along the Seine. There will be huge crowds around the best spots, but if you’re a cycling enthusiast this is an amazing experience you’ll never forget!
If you’re new to cycling and would enjoying finding out more in a fun and heartwarming way, check out A Tour of the Heart: A Seductive Cycling Trip Through France by Maribeth Clemente.
Image Credit: Tour de France in Paris by F.d.W.
It’s just about that time again when France celebrates French National Day, or Bastille Day, on July 14th. This historic celebration dates back to 1880 and commemorates the birth of the French Republic and modern France. Similar in spirit to Independence Day on the 4th of July in America and Canada Day on July 1st, Bastille Day features patriotic events, parades and one of the most outstanding fireworks displays you’ll ever see.
Even though it’s a national holiday, there are still plenty of fun things to do, including the chance to see a grand military parade that starts at the Arc de Triomphe and passes down the Champs-Élysées to Place de la Concorde. Many museums stay open for the holiday, and the Louvre will be open for free entrance on Sunday, July 14th. Just be prepared for crowds! In the evening action centers around the Champ de Mars gardens in preparation for the fireworks display, which takes place at 11PM and will last about a half and hour. To entertain the crowds gathering for a good view, there will be a concert in the Champ de Mars by the French National Orchestra and the Radio France Choir from 9:30-11PM.
One the most spectacular events of the year in Paris is the huge fireworks display around the Eiffel Tower for Bastille Day. The fireworks will be launched from the Trocadéro just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. There will be over 25,000 fireworks shot off, of which over 4,000 will be grand fireworks to fill the night sky over Paris. The Eiffel Tower will also play a part of this year’s theme and will be illuminated with fireworks evocative of the French Revolution. There’s a theme for the Bastille Day fireworks every year (last year was disco!) and this year’s theme is “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Paris celebrates the Republic.” If you’ll be lucky enough to be in Paris this year, here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store for you on Sunday night.
Read more about all the fun things to do on Bastille day in Paris on the Paris Perfect Blog. You can also find the full program for the events this year (in English!) by clicking here. Whether you’re joining the crowds in the Champ de Mars or sitting on your Paris Perfect apartment balcony, we hope you’ll enjoy the marvelous fireworks display and have a fun and happy Bastille Day in Paris!
Image Credits: Eiffel Tower Bastille Day Fireworks by margory.june
Paris is gearing up for one of the most exciting events in the horseracing world, the Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. This highly anticipated race will take place on Sunday, May 19th at the Hippodrome d’Auteuil. The hippodrome, nicknamed the “temple of jumps” is located just across the western border of Paris in the 16th arrondissement. The race was first run by talented horses and jockeys in May 1874 and since then has been one of the city’s most prestigious spring events.
The Grand Steeplechase of Paris is the most acclaimed jumps race in France, and one that both horse trainers and jockeys dream of one day competing in. The race stretches over three miles and challenges the horses to leap over an impressive twenty-three fences. Audience members hold their breaths in excitement as the horses leap over each of the race’s jumps. Horses must be five years old to participate and clearly at the top their talent. This year fans will be watching to see if three-time winner, Mid Dancer, will be victorious once again and make history as the first horse ever to win the Grand Steeplechase four times.
The event will be enjoyed by attendees of all ages and even offers a merry-go-round for its youngest guests. For the full experience, visitors can sign up to walk the course before the race to see the event from the horse’s perspective and gain a deeper appreciation for their talent. Doors open at 12:00PM for the main event, but book a spot in advance to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Paris has much to offer throughout the spring season, but for a heavy dose of excitement, history and culture make sure to check out the Grand Steeplechase Race!
Hippodrome d’Auteuil- Route des Lacs- Paris XVI
Metro: Porte d’Auteuil (line 10)
Bus: Porte d’Auteuil (PC1, 52, 123, 241)
Car: Ring Road, Porte d’Auteuil exit
Image credit: Grand Steeplechase by LALLA-ALI