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Bastille Day

If you aren’t lucky enough to be spending this 14th of July in Paris watching the procession at the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, House and Leisure has put together some ideas to have a Gallic good time. How to start... No one does breakfast quite like the French, and that’s the first reason to get out of bed on Saturday. Grab a croissant, a pain au chocolat, or an omelette au fromage and sip on a real cup of café to start the day in the French way: with an over-the-top, but oh-so-good, breakfast. Try The French Corner Bakery in Joburg (frenchcornerbakery.co.za) or, if you’re in Cape Town, get  your petit dejeuner made by renowned pastry chef Patrick Moreau at Cassis in Cape Town (cassis.co.za). What to do… A fete of epic proportions, Franschhoek’s Bastille Festival is definitely the place to be for barrels of fun… And wine. Held in the Western Cape’s French corner, this annual festival has activities that range from markets and stalls to trail runs and barrel racing – ensuring everyone has a good time. Of course, the ubiquitous wine tastings can’t hurt, either, and there will be French winemaking experts on hand all the way from the Rhône-Alpes Region in France, who will be showcasing some of their finest wines. Tickets start at R150 and should be booked ahead of time. franschhoekbastille.co.za What to drink… While it’s expected that you’ll be sipping on the finest French wines and champagnes this 14th of July, the official liqueur of Bastille Day is Lillet, a bitter-orange French aperitif wine, made from wine and citrus liquers. Mix 120ml Lillet Blanc with two tablespoons of gin in a highball glass. Top with tonic water and garnish with basil leaves – a refreshing drink to commemorate La Fête Nationale. How to celebrate... Parisians can expect to see a magical display of fireworks to celebrate le quatorze juillet at the Eiffel Tower, but don’t feel left out: Capetonians have the opportunity to join the French consulate at the Cape Town Stadium along with DJ Didier from the French Connection for a firework display and party. Starts at 8pm, R50 will get you in. Where to stay… What is a day of French appreciation without a little love? End off your evening with a romantic stay at a boutique French-style hotel. Joburgers can enjoy the elegance and majesty of Le Châtelat Boutique, a private guest house in Sandhurst (lechatelat.co.za), while Cape Town’s La Grenadine offers traditional Provençal charm in a city setting. And if you’ve been wine tasting at Franschhoek’s Bastille festival, the Valley has a host of accommodation offerings (franschhoek.org.za). Text: Jessica Ross