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Firey French Connection

It’s a Family affair. With relatives you’ve never seen before.  And not the distant Uncles, Aunts and Cousins variety. But relatives you’ve never met, and almost certainly – will never meet again.

Your relatives are incredibly welcoming, friendly and accomodating. They’ll do anything they can to help.  And they’ve just met you!  They’re not trying to impress you with their car, their clothes, their iphone, how much money they make,  or how important they are. After all – they’re Family!

A human family of thousands. Coming together to collectively gaze into the sky for 20 minutes and be awed, amazed and overwhelmed by the ritual we call :  Fireworks.

Wrongly classed simply as entertainment, Fireworks have a much more profund and significant importance. They are genetic memories. Memories, rekindled, of our Human origins. Re-connecting us to our prehistoric ancestors. Those cave dwelling, club toting relatives who marvelled at the night sky ruminating on Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of the Wooly Mammoth.

Fireworks allow us to enter, albiet briefly, the tent of (apologies to Freud) “Collective Consciousness.”

Although, as in every Western country, Fireworks are ubiquitious during the Summer months, the major firey fiesta here is July 14. Bastille Day. Celebrating the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution by peasants who were “mad as hell and were’nt going to take it anymore.” (Yes, Virgina, the equivalent of your fourth of July.)

In major French cities(Paris, Lyon, etc.) Bastille Day fireworks blast off precisely on the Anniverary date. (July 14.) But in lesser sized Hamlets, the firey event is at the (pardon the euphemism) “discretion” of local politicans. Thus, depending on your location, “Le Fete National can go up in lights anywhere between July 13 – 16. (Now that’s flexibility!)

This time around, atypically, DA BG was not in a tiny village down a country road. But in a  medium sized city.  Angers(pro : “on-zjay”) on the Loire.

Having heard of no deaths, suicides, divorces, break-ups, injuries, fights or car crashes, I’m relatively confident in proclaiming : “A good time was had by all!”

Don’t you wish you were there?


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9 Responses to “Firey French Connection”

  1. david cameron says:

    yeah….I DO wish I was there!

  2. carson gavos says:

    Like the way you started this post off…….would never have guessed from that it would be about fireworks.. Nice images too!

  3. gerri walter says:

    the world needs more fireworks!

  4. wynn phillips says:

    I was lucky enough to be in Saumur while you were in Angers, so I saw a great show too!

    Anyone who has’nt been to France is in for a treat with the way they do fireworks here.

  5. pam wilson says:

    really enjoyed the feeling of community your post generated. it’s a shame in a way that it takes a special event to bring people together without all the usual personal agendas.

  6. andrew hammersmith says:

    i was in Carcassonne that night…..incredible display….think it was on tv…..so maybe it’s available on youtube?

  7. helen udavanish says:

    Great photos!…..especially the last one….very cool effect….
    like to see more in that style…….ok?

  8. curtis maybury says:

    when I visited france, seemed like almost every fair/festivzal ended with fireworks. yet another great reason to be there!

  9. larry vana says:

    nice images….really give me the feeling of being there.

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