Friday, July 15, 2005
BastilleA few years ago, the family walked a few blocks down the road to watch the 14th of July fireworks around the Tour Eiffel. I remember, my son was so excited by the fireworks that he was jumping up and down with joy the whole time. My daughter, however, was three at the time and was totally flipped out by the loud noises.
Last year, we did not stay in Paris because the Tour de France was passing by my sister's place that same week. So we spent the day with my sister and her family -- no fireworks in sight.
This year we got to see the local fireworks from the comfort of our place in Brittany. The fireworks exploded over the local port and the show was magnificient. The French do great fireworks -- lots of noise and color. Even though it was 11pm when the show started, my children stayed awake for a long time afterward -- it was as though they'd just eaten a bowl of sugar. As I was trying to sleep with the windows open since it was so hot, I heard many local musicians playing their music. One song seemed especially popular ..."Summertime" .... Summertime and the living is easy....
-- said Auntie M in Paris
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