As much as I would love to write about how great Bastille Day was, we need to take a moment to pay our respects to those who lost their lives in Nice. My heart goes out to the families, France and the entire world, really.
Bastille Day Festival in Melbourne is only in its second year and Mum and I had such a great time last year we couldn’t wait to go back. She was a little worried about going to this year’s festival, which is completely understandable, but I told her we can’t let these people win. So off we went.
I won’t lie, even I felt a little nervous going. I messaged my partner saying if anything happens, I love you.
Firstly, congratulations to the festival for making all their visitors feel safe. The security at the event was amazing, along with strict bag checks, it made the environment feel a little safer, so that kept our minds at ease.
We paid our respects at 11am, listening to speeches, meeting the French board and a few politicians, and had a minute’s silence for those whose lives were lost.
Despite the somber atmosphere, the festival was still in good spirits.
We enjoyed looking at French goodies, entered the draw to win a holiday to France (#pickusplease) and ate some delicious French food from Frencheese. SO, so good. I really want to try and make this at home. We sampled wine and cheese and purchased a few treats to take home.
I was invited to attend a master class but couldn’t make it unfortunately. The festival is held at the state library in two rooms, with lots of French movies, conferences and master classes to try. I highly recommend attending if you love all things French. For me the best part is seeing Mum interact with ‘her people’, speaking her language and showing me all things French. I come from two different nationalities, Turkish and French, but am definitely more French at heart, hehe! Thank you for continuing to teach me your culture, Mama. If I ever have a child, I promise to raise her with all things French and keep your culture alive.
For more information on the festival, visit the official website here.