France brought us wines, cheese, cuisine, painting, philosophy, painting, photography, a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the TGV, french fries and wonderful architecture to name a few. Today, France celebrates Bastille Day, it national holiday that commemorates the 1790 anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison. This is seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation of France. I spend what I would consider the best year of my life in this great country where my learning expanded and progressed me into a modern man. Today, to all my French friends and friends of France, I say, merci et viva la France!!