Saturday, July 13, 2013

La Fete Nationale 2013

Tomorrow, on the 14th of July, the whole country of France will once again celebrate its annual Fete Nationale / French National Day. In some countries, it is also known as Bastille Day. Which is in memory of the storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris. La Fete Nationale also has roots from La Fete de la Federation, which was on July 14, 1790 and was a huge feast and official event to celebrate the end of the French Revolution. Every year since then, celebrations are held all over France. It starts with the military parade on the Champs-Elysee Avenue in Paris in front of the President and other foreign dignitaries. Dad, who was in the French army, never fails to watch the military parade every year. After his military time, he joined a company that specialized in military aircraft and these aircraft are usually featured in the parade as well. So it's a double joy for him to watch. Through the years, I've found myself excited to watch the parade alongside Dad, whose love for his country is admirable. This year I promised myself that before I turn 30, I should watch the military parade live in the streets of Paris.

In celebration of La Fete Nationale, a little event was taking place in the town of Verny, France. SO is coming back home tomorrow from my sister's house, so this was MR's and my last night alone. We met up with some people we know who couldn't help but notice she was missing. LOL. I guess we do usually bring her everywhere we go.

Like in previous events held in Verny, this was done in the grounds of the chateau / castle.

You could have dinner here with your choice of grilled items such as sausages and hamburgers. There were also alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. We were full from dinner back home, but we looked for desserts. Unfortunately for us, there were no desserts! Boo!

So after grabbing a draft beer (3 Euros) and a soda (2 Euros), we walked around the grounds.
Kids brought their own firecrackers to light while waiting for the grand fireworks.

There was also an inflatable castle for children to jump in and a candy/toys booth. But that was it. I guess I was expecting an event like the one I went to in Morhange last year, but this one was pretty simple.

Some time before the sun went out, the organizers gave out lanterns to the children who wanted to join the short procession around the castle grounds.

At the same time, we made our way to the fireworks area to get front row places.  Looks like we weren't the only ones with that idea.

As soon as it was night time, the show started. And it started with a bang! Blue, white, and red - the 3 colors of the French flag.

For the next 10 minutes, I had my eyes glued to the high sky, admiring the colors, with an open mouth.
Right this moment, I felt like my 14 year old self. Fireworks have a way of lifting my spirit up and make me dream.

Vive la France!!! Vive La Republique!!!


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