Feux d’Artifices d’Annecy-le-Vieux et de Paris

A lot of the smaller towns in France have fireworks for Bastille Day the night of July 13th instead of on the 14th. Last night we went to Annecy-le-Vieux for their fireworks, and we were also treated to a rock concert for an hour beforehand. The band did covers of nearly everything – Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Police, U2, etc. -and they even changed costumes several times to match the music and bands. Of course every single song was in English so it almost felt like I was celebrating July 4th, except for the people speaking French and drinking wine and beer on a public beach.

We wasted about 30 minutes waiting in line at the snack bar (because there’s only one open that late – Annecy-le-Vieux isn’t exactly a happening place…) where David got an “Américain.” What is an American sandwich according to this greasy place? A baguette filled with two hamburger patties and french fries, with ketchup, mayo or barbecue sauce. I almost want to puke just thinking about it.

We made it back to the beach just in time for the fireworks, which also had music accompanying them. They set them off just a little ways into the water, so we were really close.

We should be able to see Chambery’s fireworks tonight from our back balcony, but I might watch the Paris fireworks online instead. Anyone can watch online through the site http://www.14juillet2009.com/ to celebrate the fact that the Eiffel Tower is 120 years old. Fireworks start at 10:45 PM French time, so 4:45 PM eastern time.

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  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    In my opinion, Bastille Day is best celebrated in smaller cities.

    Love the fireworks!
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..The “Feel Good” Contest =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    In my opinion, Bastille Day is best celebrated in smaller cities.

    Love the fireworks!
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..The “Feel Good” Contest =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,

    It sounded like a very calm celebartion at Annecy-le Vieux. I like that better than being with huge crowds.
    14th for my house usally means a chill out day.
    Une Americaine ?? Never ate that & most like will never ! I have lost any taste I may have had for burgers a long time ago.
    Funny you mentioned food; I’ve been tagged with that ( up this aprem or tomorrow).

    Cheers !
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Joyeuse fête du 14 juillet/Happy Bastille day ! =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,

    It sounded like a very calm celebartion at Annecy-le Vieux. I like that better than being with huge crowds.
    14th for my house usally means a chill out day.
    Une Americaine ?? Never ate that & most like will never ! I have lost any taste I may have had for burgers a long time ago.
    Funny you mentioned food; I’ve been tagged with that ( up this aprem or tomorrow).

    Cheers !
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Joyeuse fête du 14 juillet/Happy Bastille day ! =-.

  • Yvan

    Awesome pic ! Did you take it ?

  • Yvan

    Awesome pic ! Did you take it ?

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    @Yvan: Yeah, my camera has a fireworks setting that works well apparently! I took some video too, and they turned out as well.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    @Yvan: Yeah, my camera has a fireworks setting that works well apparently! I took some video too, and they turned out as well.

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    I have never succeded in taking fireworks shots like that, what sort of camera is it?

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    I have never succeded in taking fireworks shots like that, what sort of camera is it?

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