Posted by: ktzefr | July 15, 2011

Celebrating Bastille Day, Bookstores, and Fair Trade

That's me (on the right) with my friend and fellow writer, Beth Greenway. Photo:JLudwick

We had a great lunch at Le Cote D’Or in Arlington, VA, watched the annual waiter’s race, and went home with new boaters! 

Bastille Day, the French national holiday, commemorates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, the event that marked the beginning of the French Revolution.  The red, white, and blue hatband represents the Republic’s three ideals — liberty, equality, and fraternity.  After gathering on “the porch” to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “La Marseillaise,” we watched the race for Paris (the winner of the waiter’s race got a free trip!).

After lunch, we stopped by the new bookstore across the street — One More Page Books — and perused their excellent selection of contemporary and classic reads.  The shop also hosted a Fair Trade Awareness event last night with coffee, chocolates, and a wine tasting — with a front-row view of the Bastille Day fireworks at Le Cote D’Or.   





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