Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy 4th of July!


I know some of you will find it unfair that I celebrate the US Independence Day and not other countries' national day. I have an overwhelming amount of visitors from the US, compared to the rest of the world. According to Google Analytics, over the last 30 days I have had 19,283 visitors from the US! France is second (4,810) then Canada, UK, Australia, and the list goes on. Within the US California is first (4,016 visitors) then NY, PA, TX, FL, MA, IL, OH, WA and NJ. Now you know (almost) everything! And I'm sure you will all understand why I can wish to all my American visitors a happy 4th of July. BTW, this photo shows a little bit of the US in France; it's the American Embassy in Paris, at Place de la Concorde.

48 comments:

  1. And at least one visitor from Sweden!

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  2. Thank you very much, Eric. I hail from New Hampshire. Only 10 days and your US visitors can return the wishes on Bastille Day.

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  3. Wow, I'm one of the 4,801 French visitors, over the last 30 days!! Congratulations Eric for such good stastistics.

    Yes, the US part is truly overwhelming. Somewhere, that's kind of logical proportionally to the size of the country, isn't it? But still, quite good!!

    Happy 4th of July ! How is this Day celebrated ? Lots of Parades everywhere? Is there a scheduled celebration with Barack Obama like in France with our President for our 14th of July celebrations?

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  4. And a single one from Denmark too.
    But I would also like to wish all the American PDPers a very happy 4th of July ;o)

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  5. @Steffe. LOL. Well Sweden was not in the top ten list ;-) (Brazil was the 10th). But surely in the top 20 ;-)

    @Scooter. Yes! Same flag colors, different pattern!

    @Flore. True... And you're only counted once, since analytics keeps tracks of who's visiting (not namely of course, but with a cookie)

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  6. Oops, you were too quick Bettina, I did not see you! Yes Denmark, I'm sure, is also in the top 20 ;-)

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  7. We're in the top ten?!!!! Really?!

    How great that Brazil has a rather good position in the rank.

    Well, lists aside, you know you'll always have me as a faithful visitor!!!!

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  8. Thanks, Eric! And hello from MA, USA, where you have more than one friend. ;-)

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  9. merci beaucoup! seulement 10 jour pour vous!

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  10. Merci Eric! Je suis une americaine de la California et j'adore ton blog!

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  11. Thank you for your good wishes from Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

    I will raise a glass to you on July 14th!!

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  12. Thank you, Eric! And I think it is very proper; thanks to the French Americans have our independance.

    I'll remember you on Bastille Day!

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  13. Love the stats, very interesting. How did you shoot this picture without the police shooting you?
    And, thank YOU France, for the Statue of Liberty,even tho you have more of them around Paris than we do in New York.

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  14. Flore, come to think of it, Presidents don't play a big part in our 4th of July celebrations.
    Lots of picnics hometown parades and LOTS of fireworks.
    One year, my girlfriend and I were asked to be baton twirlers for a band in a 4th of July parade. Unfortunately, we didn't know the first thing about baton twirling. There was a TV clip of me on the nighttime news running after my airborn baton, and people running away from me.

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  15. LOL Phx! That I would have liked to see!

    I always say that if you love the US you must love France cause thanks to the French . . . well, you know the story!

    And how did you take this photo? The police didn't give you the ol' finger wag? ;-)

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  16. Merci Eric! I am a PDP fan from Colorado Springs, Colorado and I love your blog :)

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  17. Oh merci mon ami Eric. You know we in the U.S. LOVE PDP!!! I'm sorry Alabama wasn't in that elite group. I'll have to work on that.:) And not to worry. I worked very hard to find a good photo for Bastille Day for you and all my French amis that j'adore when I was in Paris recently! I was so very lucky to spend Bastille Day right there on a bridge watching la Tour show her stuff. I won't be there this year but will be in spirit. You can bet on that.
    V

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  18. Ahh the American Embassy. Spent some time there in 2008 when my friend had her wallet stolen, with her passport. After some questioning, they were so very helpful and she left with a new passport......on a Friday afternoon.
    V

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  19. Thanks so much for the Independence Day wishes! You can be sure that I'll be celebrating on Bastille Day as well!
    Greetings from California. And as we say in the French-language blogging universe, bisous.

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  20. Thank you for the Independence Day wishes, Eric. I've been a silent observer of PDP since 2002 when I took a 3 week trip to France with my daughter, who teaches French language here. I fell in love with the country, especially with Paris. Sadly, that has been my only trip to Europe. So your photos are very important to me. You are on my Google main page so that every morning I can have a bit of France to savor throughout the day.
    My husband and I enjoy watching the Tour de France. I'm more interested in the countryside views surrounding the bikers, but each year the race actually gets more and more exciting, too! Hoping you'll have some of the race to post this year.
    Again, thanks for being so dedicated to giving us some of the best Daily Photos on the web! Some of us must "live in Paris" through your photos. Merci, merci, merci beaucoup from Washington state

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  21. PHX - funny story!!

    Eric - yes, who did you bribe, umm, I mean, how did you get this shot!!? I'm reading a book about Americans in Paris during WWII and this building figures prominently.
    Thanks for your thoughtfulness, once again!! C'est tres, tres gentil.

    Vicki - I think le Tour is pretty exciting,too! Today was fun to watch. As of Thursday, I'll be a PA visitor for 6 or 8 weeks. That means I can get up at 6 am and not miss 3 hours of peloton pedaling!

    And the computer will log me in as PA instead of CA! Amazing -- so that's what they mean by a smart cookie!

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  22. -Eric : "True... And you're only counted once, since analytics keeps tracks of who's visiting (not namely of course, but with a cookie)"
    Woooow, that's even more impressive since I check PDP very often I thought (you guessed right) that I was counted more than once for France! I'm sure that I'm counted more than once if you speak of connexions number per day but please shhh... :)

    -Phx-Cdg, LOOOOL : the story about your baton twirling first experience is lovely and I'm sure even if not perfect you let people enjoy and see the nice person you are! Thank you for answering too about US celebrations. That's what I thought : US Presidents are not involved as much as ours are for Bastille days celebrations. And I'm not surprised at all for "Lots of picnics hometown parades and LOTS of fireworks".

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  23. Super photo!

    Congratulations on your Independance Day, US readers, from a French one.

    @Eric, how many visitors are we from Paris itself? Can your cookies tell?

    Count me for one who does connect every day, you are my very first look at the World Wide Web when I start my computer
    Then I visit some other blogs and then, well, start whith what I must do ;o)))

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  24. Ah yes, Eric, but marketing practise says you must pay attention to NEW custom, not just look after your existing ones! hehe, I'll try anything... true though.
    Funny isn't it, you'd think my amount of commenting in the past would more than make up for those in the UK who have not yet discovered you! lol. Anyway, seeing Britain so far down your list behoves me to do something about it. Thinking cap firmly on. I can't keep Eric to myself any longer and must inform the British public at once... dun dun dur.

    Happy 4th July, all! I just read somewhere that two first presidents of US both died on 4th July 1826. Can this be true? Sorry...I'm a happy little soul really... :) just thought an intriguing fact if true.

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  25. What a beautiful tribute, Eric ~ and yes, a very Happy 4th July to all to whom it applies.

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  26. Oh, how about we ALL have a Happy 4th July. :)

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  27. The wonderful thing about the 4th of July is that everyone can celebrate--(it's a day, you don't need a reason!) Here we have parades and fireworks, although almost every community has fireworks now and they have to stagger them to not compete! My hometown works with the town across the bay from them to see who gets to set off the first barrage of fireworks. They play games, (Battleship, Twister, Backgammon, etc) to see who gets the honor that year. This year, Petoskey! Woohoo! But first, 2 parades, an old time baseball game sans gloves, and lots of cookouts! Here we go!

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  28. From one of the 19,000+, thank you for this post.

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  29. What Christie wrote in first sentence reminds me of a little joke that young children like making to adults (in a game called by them an 'intelligence test'!) :
    - They ask candidly to people : "hmm do you think the 14th of July exists in England?"
    And usually adults answer seriously - sure they're going to learn something to a young ignorant child - :
    - "Of course, no! The 14th of July is because of the French Bastille Day which does not involve England".
    And the young winner to reply : - "All wrong! The 14th of July exists in all countries, it is a day, like another" ! Ha ha ... When you know the trap it is funny but how many have been caught?!

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  30. Thank you for acknowledging July 4th--this coming from one of your many fans in PA/US. I will be thinking of you on July 14th.

    And thanks again for your fun and informative blog. I hope to visit your fair city in the next year or two; I can't wait.

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  31. Thanks for the image Eric. I worked at the US Embassy from August 1969 through February 1970. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

    Happy Fourth!

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  32. Thanks, Eric. I'm a U.S. subscriber, but I wonder if I'm the only one from New Mexico?? -- Elizabeth

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  33. Thank you very much! Wonderful shot of the embassy. I've never seen it up this close.

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  34. Merci, Eric!
    Lynn: Only two signers of the Declaration of Independence became President of the United States: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They both died on July 4th hours apart.

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  35. Merci Eric for a nod to our fun American holiday. We're in Arkansas but would really rather be in Paris! Always appreciate your sharing your beautiful city.

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  36. One visitor from US/Oklahoma Eric! I love your city and your blog..thanks for celebrating the 4th with us.

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  37. Elizabeth--You are not the only New Mexican! I'm in Albuquerque.

    Merci to Louis XVI, General Lafayette and La Belle France. Without you we might not be celebrating. And merci to Eric for this lovely photo.

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  38. Merci beaucoup, Eric! This is a lovely photo. It appears to depict a calm spot, but I bet there are times when the place bubbles with activity. I live in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. By the way, the other national birthday I always make a point of recognizing is Bastille Day. ;)

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  39. Eric:

    I also am reading a book titled "Americans in Paris: Life & Death Under Nazi Occupation" by C. Glass. Most interesting, and does mention the Embassy and it's staff along with an American Library and the Shakespeare bookstore along with lots more.

    Have a great Bastille day and perhaps share a shot or two of a Firemen ball held in the fire house. I think you posted one or two in the past. Love their chrome helmets.

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  40. merci! one French visitor from Denver CO. I wonder where exactly you took that picture...from one of the windows inside the American Embassy ? are cameras allowed inside? I am myself waiting for the evening to take nice shots ;-) we have 8 hours of difference.

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  41. I visit your blogg from the UK but I'm an American. Really enjoy your blogg/
    Gary

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  42. Thanks you, Eric. It is a nice photo and a nice ecumenical gesture. One of the things I love about the Daily Photo idea is that we all get to view the world from the ease of our homes.

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  43. @ PHX "Love the stats, very interesting. How did you shoot this picture without the police shooting you?" and others who wonder...
    Susssshhh! It's my secret! (-but no, Carrie, no bribery, it's against my ethics.

    @Lili. 2 724 visitors from Paris, but that does not include places like Montrouge (55), Neuilly-sur-Seine (59), Vanves (49)...

    @Lynn. "Ah yes, Eric, but marketing practise says you must pay attention to NEW custom, not just look after your existing ones! " VERY TRUE!

    @Ken "Thanks for the image Eric. I worked at the US Embassy from August 1969 through February 1970. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. " Wow. I bet it must have been. Lucky you!

    @Elizabeth "Thanks, Eric. I'm a U.S. subscriber, but I wonder if I'm the only one from New Mexico??
    >>> Well precisely 176 visitors from New Mexico. See, you're not alone ! (ANd that includes Mrs Vandertramp too!)

    @Steverino "I also am reading a book titled "Americans in Paris: Life & Death Under Nazi Occupation" by C. Glass. Most interesting, and does mention the Embassy and it's staff along with an American Library and the Shakespeare bookstore along with lots more." I bet it must be interesting.

    Thank you all for your nice comments. I'm glad you appreciated my post. As you probably guessed already I'm rather Americanophile...

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  44. Merci Eric from Californie aux Etats Unis...LOL!! I'll bet a lot of people who check you out from CA might be French. The Bay Area has the largest Expat French community in the US..over 130,000 and counting!

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  45. Paige - Santa Fe, TexasJuly 5, 2010 at 5:48:00 PM GMT+2

    Merci pour cette photo.

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  46. @Tonton "The Bay Area has the largest Expat French community in the US..over 130,000 and counting!" I know, isn't that crazy?! Mind you, if I were to pick a city to live in the US I would probably go for SF too!

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