15 July 2012

Bastille Day continued...

Alanna perusing auction items

Here, are some photos from the Bastille Day fête last night at the French Legation Museum. They are not the best quality, in fact, they are quite pas bien. I decided to share them anyway. The weather was much more tolerable than in years past; the clouds saved us from heat stroke. However, the band did end a bit early due to the lightening headed our way. We didn't get to sing La Marseillaise - quel dommage!

My classmate, Alanna joined me, as did my friend, Nicole.  Un bon temps a été pour tous!


The Alliance Française d'Austin
Christine Albert French Show
 chat français sympathique (friendly French cat)

14 July 2012

Joyeux 14 juillet!

My favorite holiday is here! What I wouldn't give to be in Paris this weekend. The feux d'artifice (fireworks) are utterly incredible. Every year is a different musical genre, this year is disco! They have even hoisted a giant disco ball underneath the Eiffel Tower.

Everyone can watch the fireworks via live web cam here. Around 3:30 - 4:00 cst should be about right. It doesn't get dark in Paris until 10:30!

As I am scrambling to finish my devoirs de français, I'll trust you to follow the links and read up on the Bastille Day activities in Paris.  Wait until you see the playlist of disco classics! You may as well refresh your memory on the French Revolution while you're at it.

"The City of Paris has given this year to the company and holiday lights, the design of the fireworks of July 14 dedicated to disco. An exceptional evening that promises to fever invite with a fireworks explosive neon colors , dazzling lights and installing a giant mirror ball of 7.5 m "the mistress of the Eiffel Tower" and 1200 mirrors , created by artist Michel de Broin!
A unique show where everyone can dance and sing the greatest hits disco domestic and international, on the Champ de Mars transformed for the occasion into a huge nightclub cheerful, friendly and feverish."  (Google translation,not mine)

Bastille Day is the French National Day which is celebrated on 14 July of each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution. Festivities and official ceremonies are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, French officials and foreign guests.

Place de la Bastille - Photograph by Getty Images

Vive la France!

08 July 2012

La Plage! La Plage!

Paris Plages ouvrent en juste deux semaines!
(Paris Beaches open in just two weeks!) 

Every year, Paris Plages begins around July 20th, and lasts four weeks. The 2012 edition of Paris Plages will take place de 20 Juillet en 19 Août (from July 20 to August 19). The beaches are open non-stop from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. 

Tons of sand (3,000 to be exact-ish) will be spread over the roads that line the banks of the Seine in central Paris from the Tuileries to the Île Saint-Louis

Sandy beaches, deckchairs, omniprésent ice cream sellers, and concerts for French and foreign guests is what Paris Plages is all about. Play beach volley, or kayak around the lake - or, of course just bask in the Paris sun and enjoy. The beaches are spread across three spots (Louvre/Pont de Sully, Port de la Gare and Bassin de la Villette).  

This video shows the constructing of the 2011 Paris Plages in warp speed. So cool!

Paris Plages vient d'ouvrir, on attend votre... by mairiedeparis

Along la plage you will find: bars, petanque, pedal boats, tube rollers (also known as bubble spheres), mini golf, mountain bike lessons, and yes, surfing.

Musically, the festival welcomes Fnac Live at the Town Hall  July 19 to 22 for four days of free concerts.

Bathers can also follow the entire Olympic Games in London on the big screen. I'm thinking that will be a first for most.

particularly like the manta-ray-shaped inflatable boards.

Ne pas oublier la crème solaire!
(don't forget the sunscreen)

bonne semaine ~