Thursday, July 14, 2011

Le quatorze juillet!

Here is a pretty great round-up of Bastille Events in 2011:

Parties, Pomp & Circumstance! Ooh la la!

I've been in Paris several times on this day, and I love the way the French celebrate. An all-out parade down the Champs d'Elysees, featuring all the military and law enforcement paraphernalia France owns... really. Then a fly-over (see pictures), and then a huge picnic with the best free food anywhere... Then fireworks, on and on, everywhere.

And the night before Bastille Day (when Marie Antoinette was undoubtedly munching on said cake?) -- a Fireman's Ball (all the firehouses open and the firemen in full regalia ready to party!) and a huge outdoor gay ball in the Place de Concorde (where the guillotine was erected post-Bastille storming). Just to get us all ready for the flyovers and fireworks.

In case you hadn't heard, the U.S. women's soccer team defeated the French team to get into the semi-finals, playing either Japan or Sweden in the next few days. It was 3-1, and a kick-ass game. Our soccer team is really fine this time around, and worth keeping track of.

And the best version of La Marseillaise is the one from Casablanca... so many reasons!


  1. But now I don't know who to root for. The USA, because I'm American and I love that team, or the Japanese, because think of what they've come through after the earthquake and tsunami?

  2. Yeah, your soccer team is great!
    I'm gonna watch the final on sunday US vs. Japan.
    Good luck for the US Team - Japan is really strong.


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