July 14th is Bastille Day, the the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison in Paris, which precipitated the French Revolution. Think Independence Day in America, but oh-so-French.
To celebrate the revolutionary ideals of liberté, égalité and fraternité, Paris -- and the whole country, really -- erupts into celebrations (check out photos from last year's fete here).
Historically-minded travelers can head towards the Bastille section of Paris to see where modern France was born. Starting at the Place de la Bastille, where a monument stands on the spot where the prison crumbled, visitors can explore a neighborhood that was once the sorrow of the French, and now shows Paris at her best.