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Bastille Day

Coppell, Texas
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Bastille Day

We arrive in Paris on July 13th. We were thinking of taking a side trip to Chartres or Fountainbleau on July 14th. How crowded are the train stations on Fete de la Nationale? Are some stations closed. Is it best to avoid traveling on the 14th?

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Kingston upon...
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Would you not be better off staying in Paris & watching the Parade

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Some metro stations are closed, at least in the morning for the military parade. (the ones right near the Champs-Elysees) I think some are closed in the evening for fireworks, also, I forget.

No regular train station is closed just because it's this holiday or any other holiday.

Long Island, NY
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I'll be there that day. Tell me more about the parade.

Kingston upon...
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It is a big military parade which goes down the Champ Elysees start at 10am If I remember correctly, If you look at you tube you will get a better idea of what it is like

Long Island, NY
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Any suggestions on good spots for viewing?

Versailles, France
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yes : arrive early ! There are lot of people.

Sydney, Australia
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>>Would you not be better off staying in Paris & watching the Parade<<

Not unless you enjoy big boys' toys. The parade is full of self-important men in armoured vehicles. I would much prefer Chartes or Fontainbleu.

Kingston upon...
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I personnally would prefer Chartes over Fontainbleu, I suggest the parade because it is a once a year event.

Also a lot of people enjoy big boys toys.

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