Take your places, it’s almost time for the celebration of the end of the French Revolution with huge firework displays which will take place everywhere around Lake Geneva on Wednesday, July 14. Since the border of France and Switzerland runs right down the middle of the lake, you can be sure there is a great deal “culture merging” in this region. So don’t think that the fireworks will only take place on the French side. They’ll be everywhere! However, for a closer view, you could take the ferry over to Evian. Leave just before sunset which is gorgeous, have a bite to eat or bring a picnic and stay on the shoreline for the big show when it gets dark.
Or you can watch from Lausanne Ouchy on the shore of Lake Geneva or higher up the hill in Lausanne center such as the open esplanade behind the Casino de Montbenon. You will see fireworks all along the French shoreline across the lake usually starting at different times so you can focus on one place at a time. Join the French in Lausanne in the local bistros and terraces for more celebrating. The weather is hot and the atmosphere is festive. After all, it was a major accomplishment for the French to “eliminate” Queen Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI and start their own democratic Republic! Sante!
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