Bastille Day in France

This was the first year I was able to visit the apartment in high season. I was keen to see how things were at this time of the year. It was interesting that even by 14th July that the area is far from full and that most of the french have not started their holidays yet.

This year of course was ruined for many by the terrible atrocity on the prom at Nice, a place I know very well and had walked along just a few days later. While this tragedy was unfolding I was  totally unaware of it 50 Miles up the coast in Ste Maxime.

We had gone to see the "Ceremonie Patriotique" and it was a very quiet and simple ceremony with a large crowd attending and a reception for the whole town afterwards. There are some pictures below.

 

Waiting for the ceremony to get started

Waiting for the ceremony to get started

 

 

War Veterans

War Veterans

Medal Awarded to old Soldier

Medal Awarded to old Soldier

Rose for all

Rose for all

After the ceremonies we had dinner and then went dancing. The town had laid on two "bals" one at the beach for the younger generation and another in the middle of the town for the "older" generation. Though not in the first flush of youth we preferred the one for the younger generation

free concert

free concert

At this stage the whole town was out partying. The fireworks were unfortunately called off due to high winds and the risk if starting a forest fire. while all this was going on we were totally unaware of the carnage in Nice and only found out about it the following morning when we awoke to calls from anxious relatives. So sad for France and its people.