Liberte! Fraternite! Egalite!
I had the pleasure of seeing the fireworks over La Tour Eiffel for Bastille Day. It was fantastic! My host was kind enough to meet me, and we grabbed a drink before the fireworks. It was already a pretty big day for me walking-wise, because I went to Versaille with my cousin. It was a pretty great experience, but very tiring. It was an extremely hot day, and we walked further than I did when I visited Versailles last year.
Luckily, my host is as much of an excited six-year old as I am when it comes to big crowd events. So, we spent the beginning of the fireworks trying to get closer and get that better view, and it actually paid off. We were able to see almost the entire tower, and have a nearly clear view (minus some tree branches which I did not mind), of the entire show.
The music was timed to the fireworks, and every once in a while they worked a speech about freedom into the soundtrack. It was beautiful, and inspiring. It did amaze me how many songs were from American bands, and in English, considering we were celebrating France’s independence day.
Then, my host and I headed back in the sea of people. At times it reminded me of an apocalyptic scenario-all the stores and restaurants were closed down, and everyone was headed in the same direction, but could barely move. It was strange because in my country when there is a national holiday like this, arrangements are made-the metro is open longer, bars and clubs stay open. In France it was all the same, and my host had to rush to make the metro back home.
She walked me back to my apartment and showed me that there is an entire street I have not yet discovered. She also showed me that there are places to get liquor late at night, more bars than I thought, and snacks, too! We parted happily, and have plans to hang out again. That makes me happy because I get to practice my French, and I am making a local friend!
Vive la France, et vive Liberte!