Le quatorze juillet

July 15, 2009 at 1:37 AM | Posted in Paris 2009, Wanderings | Leave a comment

(which, if you don’t live here, you would better know as Bastille Day…see David Lebovitz’s hilarious post about the naming of the day).

Today I woke up to the sound of a French military air show

View of the airshow from my living room window

View of the airshow from my living room window

My neighbors across the way were enjoying the view as well (we exchanged a few friendly waves)

Note the bathrobe

Note the bathrobe

and the nice tight t-shirt

and the nice tight t-shirt

Next I went down to Invalides, which is Napoleon’s resting place, to say hello to him (the museum was free because it’s Bastille Day)

The Little Emperor is apparently buried in seven nested caskets like a Russian doll

The Little Emperor is apparently buried in seven nested caskets like a Russian doll

I watched the French military members display their prowess at helping little kids onto tanks and dressing up like chefs

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Then I started my long afternoon of picnic-hopping.  First, I went to my Paris podcast pals’ picnic on Invalides (no pics, sorry!), then met Blythe back at home, then went to Pont Alma to meet up with Dana and her friends, and finally we went back to Invalides for another picnic and fireworks-watching with Lisa (my advisor) and her friends.  From Invalides, you have a great view of the tower, but it’s not as crowded as the Champs de Mars (the park at the base of the tower).   It was a pretty amazing show.

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And the residual smoke in the sky over Pont Alexandre III wasn’t too bad either.

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