Today is quatorze juillet, the day in 1789 the revolutionaries in Paris stormed the infamous jail called La Bastille; and so the day that France celebrates as the birth of the French republic. It marks the start of the [rather bloody] revolution which saw France get rid of the old monarchy.
So all over France festivities are laid on; some villages held their events yesterday on the eve of 14 juillet. In 1993 we were on vacation in this area and went to Loches to see the firework display. We stood right in front to the recently restored church of St Antoine--now home of the Caravaggio paintings. Little did we know then that we would, one day, end up living here!
Here in Charnizay everything happens today. All the residents received an invitation from the Mairie--ours came by email. From 3pm we will, by the looks of it, be busy..... photos and report of events to follow.....