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How to Celebrate Bastille Day This Side of the Atlantic

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How to Celebrate Bastille Day This Side of the Atlantic

"Prise de la Bastille" (Storming of the Bastille) by Jean-Pierre Houël (Public domain courtesy of the National Library of France via Wikimedia Commons) On July 14, 1789, in response to widespread unrest and economic crisis during the rule of Louie XVI, hundreds of French commoners stormed the Bastille prison in Paris. The prison was a symbol of royal authority, so overtaking it sent a clear message to the aristocracy: enough is enough! Although Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution, the whole world likes to join in the party. Down with monarchy! Long live democracy! Here in the...

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When in Paris: Three Must-See Museums That Aren’t the Louvre

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When in Paris: Three Must-See Museums That Aren’t the Louvre

Part of being an artist means knowing places in your city where you can go for inspiration. These are the spots most mentioned by the artists in The Tall Trees of Paris: 42 Independent Artists Share Their City and Their Work by Matt Wagner. 1. Palais de Tokyo (established in 2002) is located on the banks of the Seine in an enormous shell of a palace created for the 1937 International Exhibition of Arts and Technology. This self-named “anti-museum” features an ever-changing array of art on the frontlines of contemporary creativity. Besides housing art that can’t be seen anywhere else,...

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