July 14, 2015- Paris welcomes the world, or why I love fireworks

Dear July,

it is our national celebration of the Revolution, so : “Allons enfants de la Patrie, le jour de Gloire est arrivé!” … and yes, you can watch again the fireworks in this link: http://www.paris.fr/actualites/votre-14-juillet-a-paris-2747

I was there with a group of friends, at the Champ de Mars with many other people, enjoying this revolution of light, fire, music and each other’s company!

The main theme has been “Paris welcomes the World“, with some hints on the 2024 application of the city of light for the Olympic Games. And of course, diversity and multiculturalism. Mexico has been the honorary guest, with present of the Mexican President.

We were multicultural in our group, siting on the grass with some friends and other 500 thousand people. It was too good someone brought apricots and water…

Some were getting up and others would ask them to sit. There were even those who brought chairs from home and a table, naps and glasses for a dinner outside. It was much fun!

Why is it that we love fireworks so much? Is it the light, the fire that brings hope and festive feelings? May be it is the colour and fire in the darkness of the night, a certainty that things will be ok and somehow beauty is possible for everyone!

14 juillet

 

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July 13, 2015- Paris festivities start

Dear July,

festivities for the celebration of July 14 have started, and a friend of mine has just asked if I am going to join a group who will watch fireworks in the area of Versailles 🙂

Well, Paris might be more appropriate since Versailles used to be the king’s headquarters… in any case, I am here at the café, with my projects and writing, in front of my computer. Most normal people are outside, enjoying the beautiful weather.

Inside the café, two other people apart from me: a 55-year-old who is having a one to one relationship with his nose and an elderly couple who compliment each other on their looks.

What the f… are you doing there April? Get out, you might say, go to the fireworks, kiss someone, in the name of the revolution! The computer screen is cold and difficult to embrace.

A whole nation is celebrating. Your projects will still be there tomorrow. And after all, the sun will rise again and night will follow and a new dawn all over again.

Image:  French School, (19th century) - Celebration of the Quatorze Juillet at the Place de la Bastille, Paris, 14th July 1880 (colour litho

http://www.myartprints.co.uk/a/frenchschool19thcentury/celebrationofthequatorzej.html