The Day We've Been Waiting For

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The Classic Metro Sign Shot

Today would be Lori's Birthday, Bastille Day and above all else....the day we have all been waiting for.....the day we get to see James Blunt live in concert!!

Where can I go from there really?? Thats like blogging 101, do not write about the best part of the blog in the very opening line!

While Lori slept and the rest went to Pére Lachaise (why did I have to go yesterday), I decided to simply set off on foot and see where my feet take me. Evidently this led me straight to the Louvre and the Seine. This provided me with an opportunity to take all the cool photos that I never took the last time that I was here 4 years ago and to make up for all those that I lost back then when my memory card broke. In fact I only have one photo of Bill (my then light bulb).

Near The Louvre

I also finally saw the Centre Pompidou and was incredibly disappointed. I had heard about its award winning architecture but at the end of the day am I not correct in saying that it is an ugly building??

I did however stumble across a beautiful church which such an amazing roof that made up for my early disappointment. Outside of the church was a really odd statue of a head resting in its hand.

Back in the hostel the others had bought lots of stuff to make baguettes for dinner so Ruby helped me to make mine. Unfortunately I must admit that her half off my baguette put mine to shame. We had so much fun sitting on the grass between the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower waiting for the concert to begin. It would have been nice if the shop owner across the street informed me after spending €40 on alcohol that it is forbidden to bring any into the field.

Myself & Jeff tried in vain to sneak it in but the police were everywhere. One officer told us to open the wine and drink that, which we obliged him in. Unfortunately Jeff had to pour all the beer down a gutter...what a waste.

As the sun began to set, we realised why we all loved Paris and why each of us had been before. Sat in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, you cannot not help but fall in love with the city. It was only a shame that the free concert put a slight downer on the evening. Lori had told us that they generally had big acts to play but for some reason Bondy had a distinct feeling that unfortunately James Blunt would be playing......

The music was not the most lively that I have ever heard. Even the musical delights of the living legend that is Mr James Blunt could not pick things up!! He didnt even play beautiful!! Whats that all about???

After the "wonderful" concert, the entire field of people turned in the opposite direction to face the Eiffel Tower when apparently somebody started a chant to get everybody to sit down.

Bob & The Louvre
It was amazing to see roughly 100,000 people all sitting down at the very same time. The fireworks were set off from the river using the tower as the perfect backdrop. My videos do not do the fireworks display justice at all. They were accompanied by classical music pieces and also the national anthem at one point.

Although the display lasted a brilliant 30 minutes, one of the highlights was seeing a man in front of me bottle somebody merely because they stood up during the show!!! Thats about as hard as they come. Bobby Carlisle in Trainspotting is nothing in comparison.

When we eventually found our way back to the Bastille area, we were apparently too late for most bars but managed to find one. The guy at the door said the place never closed.

Bob & The Louvre
Why do some people lie?? I hate that guy! We had just ordered our second round when they tried to kick us out!! That essentially put an end to our night right there.

Most of the others dropped off to bed but Lori, Kyle & Bondy came back to my & Jeff's room to have a  few beers that Bondy managed to organise from the restaurant next door. Lori & Kyle soon fell asleep but the 3 of us left stayed up talking about everything under the sun. I think at one stage we solved all lifes problems and in the same sentence shattered our newlyh created world peace.

It is at this point that I, on behalf of myself & Jeff, feel that I should apologise to Bondy for missing his bus due to lack of sleep!! Sure wasnt it worth it in the end??

When Bondy was leaving, I truly felt that we had known each other for a long time, far longer than the two days that we really do. We made plans to meet up in Dublin sometime and of course for me to visit the legendary Chesterfield some day.

emmllerg says:
Enjoy your next vacation to Paris
Posted on: Jun 02, 2013
derekbilldaly says:
Ah why sleep when there is still fun to be had!
Posted on: Aug 22, 2008
martiana says:
I'm loving your Paris Blog Derek! It sounds like there is a distinct 'lack of sleep' theme running through most of your trips?! I'm not a big fan of sleep either :D
24 days to go...
Posted on: Aug 22, 2008
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The Classic Metro Sign Shot
The Classic Metro Sign Shot
Near The Louvre
Near The Louvre
Bob & The Louvre
Bob & The Louvre
Bob & The Louvre
Bob & The Louvre
The Desputed Louvre Pyramids
The Desputed Louvre Pyramids
Much Smaller In Person
Much Smaller In Person
This Is A Nod To The Photos In My …
This Is A Nod To The Photos In My…
Deserted Streets
Deserted Streets
Bob, The Seine & The Eiffel Tower
Bob, The Seine & The Eiffel Tower
Bob & Some Wierd Statue In Front O…
Bob & Some Wierd Statue In Front …
Classic Church Candle Shot
Classic Church Candle Shot
And Again
And Again
An Old Grandad On The Side Of The…
Jeff & Bob
Jeff & Bob
The Crowd Waiting For The Celebrat…
The Crowd Waiting For The Celebra…
Snacking
Snacking
The Sun Setting
The Sun Setting
Ruby Ruby Ruby Rubyyyyyy
Ruby Ruby Ruby Rubyyyyyy
Me!
Me!
Bob & The Setting Sun At The Eiffe…
Bob & The Setting Sun At The Eiff…
Bob & The Setting Sun At The Eiffe…
Bob & The Setting Sun At The Eiff…
Bob & The Setting Sun At The Eiffe…
Bob & The Setting Sun At The Eiff…
Bored Out Of Our Minds
Bored Out Of Our Minds
Overly Happy
Overly Happy
Laughing At Each Other
Laughing At Each Other
Posing Ever So Nicely With Lori & …
Posing Ever So Nicely With Lori &…
Anna & Ben In Deep Conversation
Anna & Ben In Deep Conversation
Classy People
Classy People
"Enjoying" James Blunt At Bastill…
Bob & Hobo Me After Crawling Out O…
Bob & Hobo Me After Crawling Out …
What A Back Drop For A Sun Set
What A Back Drop For A Sun Set
Possibly What Should Be The Most R…
Possibly What Should Be The Most …
Anna Enjoying The Concert
Anna Enjoying The Concert
Jeff
Jeff
Boredom Strikes Again
Boredom Strikes Again
The Concert Wasnt Enough To Keep B…
The Concert Wasnt Enough To Keep …
Ruby Wasnt Feeling The Music Either
Ruby Wasnt Feeling The Music Either
Surprisingly Lori Still Had A Smil…
Surprisingly Lori Still Had A Smi…
Too Cool
Too Cool
Comrade Jeff
Comrade Jeff
Beautiful, What Can I Say??
Beautiful, What Can I Say??
The fantastic free fireworks disp…
Bastille Day fireworks display by…
Bastille Day Fireworks Finale (We…
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