Friday, July 13, 2012

Frugal Ideas for Bastille Day

I'm ending the week with thoughts on how to make the most of tomorrow, July 14th.  For those Francophiles out there, you know that it marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and the end of the French Revolution.  A national holiday I had the pleasure to first enjoy back in 1996 while travel in France, I make an effort each year to pause and savor life on that day...and toss in as much French culture as possible.  Here are some low cost ways to join the celebration:
  • If you are in Madison, visit La Baquette on Mineral Point Rd.  You won't regret it.  The owners are French and the food is superb;
  • Pick up a bottle of French Red Table Wine at a Trader Joe's, cost is about $4.99 a bottle;
  • Check out a french film from your library on on-line vendor;
  • Whip up your own french food using The French Slow Cooker cook book (I'll be making a roast pork dish over the weekend);
  • Seek out a french celebration in your area (Madison has Fete de la Marquette and Milwaukee has Bastille Days); and
  • If you are within driving distance of Milwaukee, check out the Posters of Paris an the Milwaukee Art Museum -- I'm headed there Saturday with my two small children, the perfect introduction to museum visits!
Bonne Fete!

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