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Newsletter July 2017
Photos from a morning in Burgundy.

July 14th in France (Bastille Day)
July 14th is known to many outside France as Bastille Day. In France, July 14th is called fete nationale or le 14 Juillet. It's a double anniversary, the storming of the Bastille on July 14th 1789 and Fête de la Federation on July 14th 1790. It symbolizes the end of the Monarchy and the beginning of what is now called the First French Republic.

French License (Kindle Edition)
This narrative non-fiction story covers the author's attempt, as a Californian expat, to obtain his driver's license in Paris. What appears simple enough becomes a tragicomedy as he confronts one obstacle after another. It has taken him so long, that he's able to steer the reader onto unexpected detours along the way. You'll cross funny town names, race against the clock, hear how to talk your way out of tickets, berate blasé customer service agents and bump into wildlife.

Traffic in France July 2017
As the school vacation starts on Friday July 7th so does traffic congestion on French roads. Every weekend in July has a day that is Red or Orange.

Black Saturday (Samedi noir)
Black Saturday - Samedi noir is the worst traffic day of the year in France. It's the only black - very heavy traffic day, so the name - Samedi noir.

Juillettistes, Aoutiens and the Chasse-Croisé
Summer is the time of year that the French get divided into two groups - Juillettistes or Aoutiens. Juillettiste are those that go on vacation in juillet - July and Aoutiens are those that go on vacation in aout - August.

Traffic in France June 2016
2017 sees a calm June with only the first weekend of the month and the last Friday to look out for. Other than that the month is all green.

Summer Sales in France 2017
The 2017 summer sales in France start nationally on June 28th and run six weeks until August 8th. The exceptions are departments Alpes-Maritimes and Pyrenees-Orientales that start July 5th until August 15th and on Corsica sales start July 12th until August 22nd.

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