Shortly before 8:00 pm - We arrive at at the security checkpoint at the Champ de Mars with a bottle of wine, some cheese, bread and prosciutto. When the policeman checks Stéphane's backpack, our wine ends up in the garbage. Mince, alors! After we're settled, we notice many of the people around us are drinking wine and overhear a woman say that she snuck the bottles past the policemen by pretending that she was pregnant!
One of the most important lessons that we learned is that people won't encroach on your space if you have a picnic blanket, although the woman on the left came as close as she dared. By the time the fireworks started, there wasn't an inch of free ground around us.
9:10 pm - The crowd continues to gather.
10:45 pm - The energy is amazing as hundreds of thousands of people rise to their feet and start singing along with Grace Jones, Abba and the Bee Gees.
And now it's your turn to sing along! In honor of our first Bastille Day in Paris, Stéphane made his first YouTube video. You'll hear me singing "I Will Survive" with Donna Summer and the rest of the crowd around 0:50 on the video.
Click here to watch the official video of the fireworks display.
|Photo credit: Stephane|