Saturday, July 14, 2012

Le quatorze juillet

Today is La Fête Nationale, more commonly known in the English-speaking world as Bastille Day.  This day commemorates the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789 and the French Revolution more generally.  On the same day in Chantenay, in what is now the city of Nantes, my sixth great grandparents, François Ridel and Jeanne Saulny were married.

1 comment:

  1. Just reading your short post brought back memories. I have been to Paris twice in the last year and stood at the site of the Bastille. I haven't been able to accurately track any of my ancestors to France, but it feels like home to me so maybe I will some day.

    Betty Taylor