This Saturday July 14th, France will celebrate its national holiday. Visitors to Paris can take advantage of the occasion and pay a visit to one of the most remarkable sites in the Parisian region. The Chateau de Versailles has long been a prime destination for visitors to Paris, and on July 14, 2012, the chateau will be hosting a lunchtime picnic, allowing visitors to eat on the grass in the park near the banks of the Grand Canal.
Those who want to participate should dress all in white, which is the dress code for the picnic. The event will feature the specialities of regional producers, allowing visitors to get a taste of different regions of France. Picnic-goers will be entertained by fanfares that will animate the banks of the canal starting at 11 a.m. A ‘bal musette’ will also be held to entertain visitors. Bal musettes were popular in the late 19th century, and involved local residents dancing to the sounds of the accordion. At Versailles, the ball will feature an orchestra playing traditional French songs and popular old-fashioned cabaret tunes.
After finishing with lunch, visitors will be able to visit an exhibition in the garden of the chateau called ‘Artonik.’ This exhibit showcases the recent history of France through choreography and experimental music — offering an unusual modern counterpoint to an otherwise very traditional atmosphere.
All of these events can be enjoyed between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the park of the Chateau de Versailles. Guests of the Hotel de la Tour Maubourg who wish to participate should not forget to wear white. Entry is free, and reservations are not necessary.