Bastille Day, July 14, is republicanFrance's foremost secular holiday, and merits a visit to the chunk of real estate where it all began. On the Right Bank of the Seine several blocks away from the Place des Vosges, the Bastille neighborhood has for a number of years now a favorite destination for Parisians (and increasingly for visitors as well) for various reasons. Named for the infamous medieval prison whose storming on this date in 1789 was a key moment in a world-changing event, the French Revolution. Within a year it had been demolished by the revolutionaries, and today the site is marked by...  keep reading

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