Sunday, September 21, 2014

Le 14 juillet

Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower

Either fireworks or the Eiffel Tower is on fire....either way super cool! ;-)
Holy cow that's a lot of fireworks! The French really know how to celebrate their national holidays, especially le 14 juillet. For those of you who do not know what this magnificent day is all about let me give you the deets (details for my older audience). :) Also known as Bastille Day, and officially in France as La Fete nationale, the 14th of July commemorates the start of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille which originally occurred the 14th of July 1789. It also celebrates the Fete de la Federation on July 14, 1790  which commemorated the first anniversary of the revolution and the unification of the French people as a nation once more. Well now you are caught up on a brief history of this magnificent holiday, if you would like to know more feel free to peruse these links at your leisure:

The crazy huge crowd at the Eiffel Tower for the concert and fireworks display, this doesn't even do it justice. So many people!

Enjoying a picnic with some pretty awesome people on the 14th of July
Left to Right: Malgo, Chloe, and Therese

Though I am never one to brave huge crowds, I figured that I should take advantage of such a rare experience to enjoy the 14th of July with friends in one of my favorite cities in the world in front of one of my favorite monuments in the world. It was well worth it. I joined up with a group of friends at the Eiffel Tower, the gang included: the Americans (Dee, Chloe, Tanner and I), the Fieschi's (Therese and Clarisse), the Italian (Mauro), the other interns (Jesus, Malgo), and the coworkers (Lily and Mikael). We had a picnic, catered mostly by yours truly who actually went pretty overboard buying delicious french picnic food. This included sausages, pastries, cheese (the stinky and un-stinky kind), baguettes (the most delicious form of bread to ever exist), soda, and loads of other good stuff. Because the French are classy they had a concert before the fireworks show, and not just any concert. There was a full orchestra, opera singers in fancy dresses, and all hosted by two very chic celebrities The video below shows just a little bit of that class, albeit from a distance as the orchestra plays the theme from Star Wars. 

After the concert, during which we ate and enjoyed each others company as well as the music being performed, the fireworks show started. Seriously the most amazing fireworks I have ever seen in my entire life! I'm not even sure how to explain it other than to say that there was a man in a white body suit that scaled the Eiffel Tower and did all sorts of crazy acrobatic stuff, what the crazy! Hope you enjoy a little taste of the awesomeness that are french fireworks in the video posted bellow:

Getting home afterwards was a mess, it felt like half the city of Paris had come out for the celebration and the metro was PACKED....but what a night! :)


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