Tuesday, 14 July 2015

It's Bastille day!!!

Bastille day is a massive celebration in France, and it occurs every year on the 14th July. Pretty much every single place in France has big celebrations, and this year we're joining in by going on a boat in Grau d'Agde and watching fireworks. Seeing as that's happening tonight, I thought I would share what I did last year with you!

There's a cute little town called Cazouls, only about 20 minutes away from my house, and every single year without fail, they put on some sort of village party. Now, I can't stress enough how this really isn't the type of places that 20 somethings will enjoy, I've personally been quite bored here for the past few years but my mum and her friends always have the best time, so this blog post is really for people over 40.

Cazouls hosts a Bastille Day party/dinner for anytone and everyone who wants to go. If you buy your tickets early, you're guaranteed a seat at one of the big tables, a meal and some drinks to go along with it. The food is no five star meal, but it's pretty good none the less. You're usually given a starter which can consist of anything from a selection of meats to melon with dried ham; your main meal is usually some sort of meat (that they roast of a fire in front of you) along with some vegetables such as beans or carrots, and last but not least is the dessert which varies loads, last year we were lucky enough to have some cheeses as well as a slice of Tarte Tatin (apple tart). You're also given quite a lot of bread, as well as some red, rosé and white wine, and of course some bottles of water.

If you're not up for a sit down meal, then instead of dishing out 13 euros for the tickets, just go along to the bar area and you can get some hotdogs, burgers, chips and crisps for a pretty good price. As for the drinks, there are a few to choose from - beer, cherry beer, wine, soft drinks and even some stronger stuff if you're lucky.
All of this takes place in a large field that has been converted into a little party area. As you walk through the gates, you're greeted with traditional French music, which then turns into a live band as the night goes on.

At the back of the field, behind the cooking station is a big fair where all of the kids can go and keep themselves occupied, there are loads of coin machines and a few rides.

The best and most popular part of the night is definitely the fireworks. They're accompanied by some loud music and go on for about 10 minutes. They're let off in the field next door so they're quite close.

This event is around every single year and it's always loads of fun for the young and old (again, I wouldn't recommend this place for people between 17-30).