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Bastille Day, Paris

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  • Fireworks are magnificent, if you are in Paris July 14-Be sure to look. Try to get close to the tower on the side of the waterfront Branley. The Show begins after 22 o'clock, but I recommend to come not later than 18 hours-otherwise then through the crowd will not last. We took a bottle of wine, food, sat down on the grass and arranged a picnic in anticipation. Fireworks are really worth it. Laifhak for the lazy: if you are in Paris a few days, among which July 14,-rent an apartment with a good view of the tower. Or look for Mitapah offers to watch the show from foreign windows.
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  • This day is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated each year because of its sumptuous celebration, especially in Paris with this incredible demonstration of strength that constitutes the prestigious military parade that brings together all the forces of the army French and other elite bodies that parade at a millimetre rate under the admiration and applause of the crowd. The countries that possess such a force are counted on the fingers of one hand and France is part of it. The French army remains the first in Europe, although with a diminished budget and a missing aircraft carrier. We can still boast of that in France. Who says national day, says very compact crowd and many lanes closed to traffic (thanks, leave your car in the parking lot for once in your life!). Stands are installed on either side of the Champs-Élysées, but they are crowded and in any case reserved for some people I believe. I had the chance to attend the parade several consecutive years at one of the best places since I was working at the Palace located in place de la Concorde. And as that day there is never much to do since all the customers admire the parade, and well I also took advantage with full open view on the presidential stands, on the parade that passed just before us, on the paratroopers who also land just ahead, and on the aerial parade with no tree to hide the view. You want a place of choice to attend the parade? Treat yourself to a breakfast in this Palace, then exit in front of the hotel or go to the first floor to take full advantage of the show;-) You are welcome... In the evening, do not miss the traditional Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. Always great show, thematic and music. If you go to the Champs de Mars, do not be discouraged by the crowd and do not hesitate to pass between and to stride, we always end up finding a good place to settle. Good on the other hand, as people are morons, instead of sitting on the lawn during the Fireworks, they stand up. They're looking to gain a few centimeters of perspective on the Eiffel Tower? And since not everyone is the same size, there are many who find themselves disliked...
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