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Bastille Day Street Festival 2014 in Remuera, Auckland

Bonjour! went the greetings from revelers and performers of the Bastille Day Street Festival in one of the most upscale suburbs of Auckland in New Zealand. This was initially scheduled on 12 July but due to heavy rain has been rescheduled it to 19 July, which I’m very glad they did. This time, I was with the Auckland All Sorts Meetup group for this particular event.

Although it’s already the third time the Remuera Business Association hosted this event, it’s actually my first time I came. I never had an interest in anything French until I tasted one of their pastries many months ago in Takapuna. Because of that, I got curious as to what the French culture and cuisine is really all about.

So we all met up at the Remuera Library at 11am, and then walked slowly within Remuera Road to see what’s on offer. Here are the photos.

A group of ladies with bicycles. Not our group, I’m afraid!
Remuera Road decorated with flags of New Zealand and France, with balloons
Lampshade covers, bags, small picture frames, pillows
More pillows, table serviettes or napkins, small notebooks
Would you believe a few French properties promoted from this Remuera real estate agency?
Remuera clock tower
Accordion player

A group performing French songs

 

                                 A mime artist passed by the same group performing French songs

Selling sweets
French pastries from Panetton Bakery
Another stall selling different types of cheese, more pastries, jams
A balloon artist making the kids happy with his creations
               Dogs and boots

A hula hoop performer

 Classic cars on display

 

This one of particular interest to me due to its “fangs” on the car’s front bumper, as if to say, “Don’t mess with me!”

 

One of the sketches made by …
… this artist!
One of the many balloon poodles made by a balloon artist
More homewares
Moi with Napoleon Bonaparte
Auckland All Sorts Meetup Group with Napoleon Bonaparte
Picture frames
Pics of when the Eiffel Tower was constructed
Funny message in Stable & Yard, where we had lunch
Bouef (Beef) Bourguignon with French bread. First time I had it, and it was really flavorful!
Bella Hill’s French outfit
Candice’s lovely ring from a real shell

Interesting wall decors inside Stable & Yard Cafe

The building where the above description of the former Remuera Fire Station is placed

Charleston Dance

Moi with the artiste
Moi with Marie Antoinette
A guy with the Steadicam equipment

This event was really awesome for me to get a feel of the French culture and food. Now this encourages me to travel to Europe at some point. If you have missed this one, definitely go next year.

Until next time, Au Revoir!

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My name is Charica Roche, a writer, food lover, adventure seeker, color addict, and curious-driven person who truly believes in personal and spiritual growth. Writing helps me become a better person because it makes me feel grounded and it encourages me to be honest about things. Currently based in New Zealand, I'm constantly searching for and following my curiosities through books, art, music, dancing, and other aspects of a life well-lived through my own terms.

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