July 14, 2009

Happy Bastille Day

Bastille Day is technically over where I'm at, although the Champ de Mars under the Eiffel Tower, and the Place de Trocadero across the Seine from it, will be hopping until well into July 15th. It's 12:30 AM on the 15th now in Paris, and Dana and I are happily ensconced at our Maison Zen digs after having participated in some of the Bastille Day festivities.

In the morning, the French air force, including several squadrons of sound barrier-busting Mirages, flew over the city -- and our building.

Then the army came out. As regiments and platoons waited their turns to make their way to the military parade down the Champs-Elysees, the soldiers posed for pictures and let little boys climb up on the tanks and look through the machine gun sights.

Night brought fireworks over the Eiffel Tower.