5 apps for Bastille Day: Celebrate in 2011

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Google.fr is celebrating Bastille Day by way of an fête nationale du 14 juillet Google Doodle, but we have to point out that it is a half-hearted attempt. This seems as bad as the one for the Fourth of July – we have to wonder if Google is now running out of ideas. Do not let this get you down though, as we have found 5 apps that will let you celebrate Bastille Day 2011.

First up is Paris Travel Guide and makes is much easier if you are traveling around France on this very special day. We have to warn you that it is currently 21 Celsius, sunny with a bit of cloud, so not the perfect day in Paris. However, do not let that put you off. This mobile guidebook will be the perfect companion for walking around some of the most famous sites. The app not only uses GPS but also has an offline mode, so you will not incur high phone bills.

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While you are out and about maybe you should consider having the France Castles app installed on your iPhone, as this will give you the opportunity to visit some of these old yet wonderful buildings – something that you will never see in the US. If you find castles a little boring then do not worry, as the app will also help you search out churches, gardens, old halls and so much more. Trust us, you will never get bored in France, as long as you have the right apps with you.

France Facts costs just $0.99 and is an informative app that will give you detailed facts about this charming country. You will not only learn about all the major places that we all know, but also information of a number of regions that are important to France. One of the key features on this app is how you can interact with the map to learn about points of interest near your position.

If you are lucky enough to be staying in France in a villa during Bastille Day, then there is a way where you can fit in perfectly, and that is to learn to cook their foods. The perfect app for that is called A French Video Cuisine How To, and as you guessed will teach you how to cook some of the most amazing dishes. We know that France is world renowned for its fine dining, which is a lifetime away from the fast-food that we are so used to eating.

Finally we have Learn French, and does exactly what it says on the box. There is nothing worse than visiting a country and not learning a few key phrases. If you can manage to say hello, goodbye, thanks and other basic phrases this will go as long way to how you are treated when staying in France. Maybe you should learn “Happy Bastille Day” it could get you a better service in a restaurant this evening?