Today is Bastille Day – which is how the rest of the world calls France’s “Fete Nationale,” or simply “le 14 Juillet.”

This day in 1789, the people of Paris stormed the Bastille (Louis XVI’s political prison) and started down a road that eventually led to France becoming a Republic, just a few short years after the United States of America. And though the government of France doesn’t always side with US foreign policy, France and the United States have been staunch allies for well over two centuries.

So feel free to eat a croissant or two today, wear a beret, pop open a nice bottle of Bordeaux, and even watch the Tour De France. It’s all good.

Joyeux Anniversaire, Republique Francaise. I miss not being there for your birthday anymore.