Happy Bastille Day to all who feel oppressed... although the storming of the Bastille was more important as a rallying point and symbolic act of rebellion than a practical act of defiance- apparently there were only 7 prisoners of lesser importance IN the Bastille, on the day.
|my granddad is the handsome standing gent|
I mention this because of two connections- the first is the Belgian one: During the first World War, Liège, in Belgium, surprised the German invading army by putting up a fight. Enough of a fight to give France (and their British allies) enough time to regroup and realign its defenses on the Marne River.
It may be that it didn't really delay the Germans at all, but it was all about morale at the time, and the two day delay gave the defenders a shot in the arm.
The French president at the end of the first World War, bestowed the légion d'honneur on the city, for their bravery.
Therefore Belgians celebrate Bastille Day too.
My grandfather fought in the first world war as a soldier. In the second world war, he fought as a resistance fighter.
The second reason to celebrate Bastille Day is our good friend from Athens is arriving in Corfu for a two week holiday with his family. We will be spending time with them and hopefully showing off our beautiful island. (They're the ones staying at the beautiful Eva Palace Hotel!)
So "Cheers" to all and I'll raise a glass of wine to you on this holiday of some special meaning- to me anyway.