Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th of July!


I know I have a lot of American visitors, so I thought I'd make a special post for their independence day which is... today, the 4th of July. I took a photo of our two flags just to fight the belief that the French don't like the Americans. We are always happy to greet visitors from all over the world and that includes Americans, needless to say. And, remember, we also gave you this, a long time ago; we cannot be that bad! ;) - See also a 4th of July photo in London.

36 comments:

  1. Great photo! And thanks for the special post! A few of us plan to party on the 14th. :)

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  2. Merci mille fois! That's the way the French and Americans should be: different, but side-by-side.

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  3. Eric, merci beaucoup for acknowledging a date so important to us!

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  4. Really nice of you Eric. Did you know that I still have American friends who ask me, "Do you have the 4th of July in France?" I always reply, "Yes, and the 5th, the 6th, the 7th, and so on..."

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  5. I will spend the day with an American to celebrate the 4th.
    French people do like the Americans they know and do not mind the rest of them. But do not ask them about the government and the Bush administration...

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  6. Have a hotdog and some potato salad and check out Frederick Douglass's perspective on American Independence Days @ ujimatoday.blogspot.com

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  7. Vive les gentils américains ! :)

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  8. Merci Eric!
    Without France, there would be no United States of America. It was with French assistance and encouragement that the American colonies undertook the war of independence with England. Yesterday there was a program on public radio that recounted America's love for and celebration of Lafayette and the French alliance--an alliance that people of our parents' generation understood and honored. My father, my uncle, and my father-in-law all fought the German occupation of France from Normandy, through the Battle of the Bulge,to the end of WWII. I am grateful France has remained a loyal friend who will speak the truth when it sees an old friend who is making a grave mistake. When hundreds of thousands of us in the US were marching in the streets to try to prevent our government from invading Iraq, French citzens were marching in Paris, too. We, the common American people, felt supported and encouraged by the French government's stand against the US policy of pre-emptive aggression. A good friend will tell you the truth. Good friends are hard to come by. Viva la France!
    -Kim

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  9. Oh Eric, another one of those clich… Oooops !! sorry !
    Happy 4th of July to Michael, Kim, Tomate, Buzzgirl and every nice American !!!!

    ;o)

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  10. Tu est maintenant "gentil gg!" Merci.

    Merci pour les sentiments, Eric.

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  11. Vive le gentil gg ! :) (mais...est-ce le même gg ?)

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  12. such great photos. i am always so plesenatly surprised and impressed by yor imagination and subjects for the photos. absolutely great!

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  13. Merci, Eric -

    Louis la Vache posted une petite histoire ici:
    http://louislavache.blogspot.com/2005/10/la-statue-de-la-libert-ddi-le-28.html

    Regardez aussi:
    http://louislavache.blogspot.com/2005/09/les-sites-de-paris-la-statue-de.html

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  14. c'est une belle attention...mais ne dit-on pas que les parisiens sont désagréables, malpolis et tout le temps grognons? Pour ma part, je ne le pense pas, puisque je suis parisienne et sans prétention, je trouve mon caractère assez agréable!

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  15. Excellent photo, Eric, and thanks for the good July 4th wishes!

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  16. Merci Eric, what a wonderful post and what wonderful comments too! It is sad these ridiculous notions exist about the French and Americans. Some of the loveliest people I have ever met were French and I know a few Americans that have lived in France and found it to be a very warm and kind country, as evident of your post today!

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  17. Eric, thanks so much for the kind words and beautiful, as usual, photo. We'd have no Independence Day without the French!

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  18. It really surprised me to see so many comments on a holiday like today. Lots of people celebrating, getting ready to watch fireworks...it's great so many took time to comment, especially gentil gg!

    Given this post, I decided to do a little search on the history of the American Flag and the origins of the French Flag. Really interesting!

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  19. Eric, thank you so much, you are toooo sweet! Also thanks to the other non-Americans here that are wishing us a happy Independance Day. As soon as my husband is out of the shower and dressed we're going downtown to attend the annual Fair St. Louis and watch the fireworks at the riverfront. It will be Owen's first display!

    kim---Yay! What great information. Perhaps I should show it to some of my family members who seem to forget about France's long stand alliance and who like to badmouth France just because the French had the balls to speak out against Bush and his bad choices.

    Michael, like we could possibly go a day without visiting PDP! I'll probably be checking in on Memorial day (unless we're camping where there's no internet connection), Thanksgiving, and Christmas too!

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  20. And of course it would be unbelieveably churlish to point out that the reason the French fought with the Americans was because they were fighting the British ;-)

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  21. Thanks/merci, Eric. This is a very nice sentiment. I had intended to phone you while I was in Paris, but I was really busy. So much to do and the heat zapped a lot of energy. I travel to Paris often and will DEFINITELY call you next time. LOVE ALL your photos. BTW, I use note cards that have both the French & American flags on them. One day, I'll write you a REAL note, Friendly Frenchman!!! Vicki Hofstetter

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  22. We love the French. Without the support of France, there would be no USA!!! Love the pics!

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  23. Thanks for the pic and thanks for "The Lady"!!!

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  24. Having just gotten back from our 4th Holiday, I am able to catch up on blogs and the first one I go to every day is PDP. Merci Eric and all your readers for wishing us a Happy Birthday! And thank you General Lafayette and his troops for your assistance.

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  25. So sweet of you to remember and make a point of it -- Bastille Day is coming up, they do have a bit of a celebration here, too - if there is good luck with the games for France you will have yet another celebration like the one in the prior post, except you may actually all explode with happiness like fireworks yourselves...

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  26. Where did you find it? Interesting read » »

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