Thursday, July 10, 2014

Preparing Bastille Day (14 juillet)

Pretty soon it' will be Le 14 juillet (Bastille day), the day the French celebrate their revolution (which took place in 1789). There will be a huge march on the Champs Elysées, an air show and, of course, huge fireworks. Preparaing all this takes a lot of time, you need to install the seats on the champs Elysées, the equipment under the Eiffel Tower (for the fireworks!) and... street signs to help military vehicles reach Les Champs Elysées! That is precisely what these two guys were doing, when I caught them in the act near La Republique square.


  1. Preparations, and takedowns, for these things, always takes time.

    1. It's amazing. But I suppose it's necessary to show off from time to time ;-)

  2. I was part of the Bastille Day march on the Champs-Elysées in... '88!!
    Great memories!!

  3. Bonjour Eric,

    Sur "secrets d'histoires" :« Même la fête nationale recèle ses surprises ! » Dont une déjà copieusement éventée : tous les 14 juillet, c'est autant la fête de la Fédération de 1790 que l'on commémore que la prise de la Bastille, un an plus tôt.
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    une des anecdotes dont je ne connaissais pas :-)

  4. As always, you are our man on the scene!

  5. I was there at 6 pm! Wish ai saw you. Wish this prints, too, let's see

  6. OMG I can speak again!!! I don't know what i did differently!