We were at the Bastille the other day, doing some paperwork for our long term visa and we got a little hungry. I have had a number of inquiries about where to eat when going to the opera, so I thought I would do a couple of reviews. I decided to start with the restaurant next door, Les Grandes Marches. Les Grandes Marches was closed for renovation for some time and has just re-opened. The interior is elegant, with fine wall panelling and pictures of opera stars such Maria Callas. The menus is upmarket brasserie, with an emphasis on seafood, including a wide selection of oysters, as well as steak options such as a gargantuan 400g rib-eye.
Because it was Bastille day recently, Lisa and I set out to see what was left of the Bastille. When we arrived at Place de la Bastille we found this tower and no trace of the old prison. So here is the story…Within hours of its capture, the Bastille began to be used as a powerful symbol to give legitimacy to the Revolutionary movement in France. It was stormed by a crowd on 14 July 1789 in the French Revolution, becoming an important symbol for the French Republican movement, and was later demolished and replaced by the Place de la Bastille.