Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bastille day (14 juillet) march


For once you will see a photo of the 14 juillet march on... the 14th of July! How is it possible, considering that I'm posting this photo on the eve of Bastille day? Well simple, like I mentioned a few days ago, I happened to find myself near the Trocadero last Saturday and came across the rehearsal of the pompiers (firemen) for today! Needless to say that I grabbed my camera and took as many photos as I could (check for yourself on the PDP channel) and even a pretty hilarious time laps video.

19 comments:

  1. Lucio said:

    Vive la France!

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  2. EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

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  3. Ohhhh, baby, get me to their annual party tonight. One year I am going to buy a ticket.

    We depend on you, Eric, for being at the right place at the right time.

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  4. Oh my. I think Paris firefighters are the prettiest firefighters of all. Time to put my new version of La Marseillaise (by Les Sans Culottes) on repeat and celebrate. Happy Bastille Day everyone.

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  5. Oh good, I was afraid to mention it thinking it was undignified - but since the other ladies went there already allow me to add my own OOOLALALALALALALA! I'm bringing a box of matches to Paris next time I'm there. Somebody call 9-1-1.

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  6. Very nice. I find it interesting that they have a rehearsal for their march. But when I watched the video, I can see why they would need it. There are a lot of people to arrange!

    LOVE the music on the time lapse video! So fun.

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  7. Why are the pretty firemen carrying guns?

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  8. The time lapse is great and I really like the pic from the video sequence with the officer seen through the marching legs. But why Firemen and with rifles and fixed bayonets?

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  9. @Stewart and Mrs Vandertramp "why Firemen and with rifles and fixed bayonets?" Yes I realize it's a bit surprising, but there is an explanation! In Paris (for these are "Les pompiers de Paris") firemen are actually soldiers and on these special occasions they have to carry their guns.

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  10. An excellent photo -- I love our firemen.

    Joyeux 14 juillet everyone!

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  11. J'adore les pompiers! And their parties on the eve of Bastille Day. Mrs. Vandertramp, the lead singer of the Sans Culottes lives in my building (and he looks just like John Lennon). I'm playing catch-up and just have to say that I'm green with envy over your fabulous new camera, Eric (a Nikon D7000? Wow!!)—but also looking forward to all the great pictures you'll take with it!

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  12. I knew Les Pompiers were also paramedics, but not that they were part of the army - and apparently they are pretty as well. Is there anything these guys can't do?

    Enjoyed the videos.
    Have good Bastille day.

    Roll on the revolution!

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  13. Comme Alexa, j'adore les pompiers, et les Pompiers de Paris ont vraiment un corps d'élite, pardon, sont une corps d'élite !!
    Et leurs bals de grands moments !

    Maintenant,j'attends avec impatience les photos du feu d'artifice, ainsi que la surprise que tu nous as promise. J'ai une petite idée là dessus (y a des sites vraiment indiscrets) mais je ne vendrai pas la mèche.
    Bon 14 juillet !!

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  14. Alexa--That is so cool! Tell him "Allo, Allo" from me, and that "Tous Va Bien." I love that band.

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  15. Ooh les pompiers...I need a ticket to that party too Phx2cdg!

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  16. Drummond: so far, one thing they can't do is invite me to Paris for Bastille Day. I'd even go to their party to thank them.

    Fun photos, and thanks for the explanation about the weapons.

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  17. Loved the video, I especially liked the music you chose to go with it haha!

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  18. Just want to inform you that i used your firework film on my blog http://gerritendekrekels.blogspot.nl/2012/07/le-quatorze-juillet.html

    If you have any problems, pleasse contact !

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