Bastille Day

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Jimmys grave in the background - Mark and I paying our respects.. we didnt get to have sex on it!! Haha, jj.

Well as suspected we never made it to the parade. Poor Lori was up all night being sick and was feeling pretty sick the next morning. So we let her rest it off so she would be right for the rest of the partying that night. Anna and I went down the road for savoury breakfast crepes while the others got ready. We'd decided that morning we were going to go to Pere Lachaise! Pere Lachaise is a massive cemetry with some of the most beautiful graves, sepulchres etc for many famous and royal dead people.

We walked to it as it was only about a mile up the road from the hotel. It was a nice walk in the sunshine up and when we entered the cemetry grounds we were stunned by how huge some of these sepulchres and graves etc were, it was amazing. They must cost a fortune in upkeep! Some of the famous ones were Jimmy obviously, who had the  most boring grave ever!! Its patrolled 24hrs a day as too many people were having sex etc on it!! There was Chopin who's grave emitted his own music which was rather creepy and covered in flowers etc.

I didn't dare to kiss it.
My favourite though was that of Oscar Wilde. A huge monument to him which is scrubbed and bleached clean regularly but within a couple of days is covered in lipstick kisses!! Notes are left, love letters, poerty. People really are nuts!!! I didn't actually kiss it, the hygiene freak in me kinda balked when I got there.

It was a nice walk back where we bought fresh hot breadsticks from a bakery and some salads etc to make us a picnic dinner!! It was good, all making out own baguettes and packing them with wine, chips, dips and fruits to take with us that night. It was a pretty hot day, so we all got ready and eventually left at 5pm so we could get a space on the lawn between the Tour Eiffel and the stage where the concert was being held.

We found out that James Blunt was the only artist we would know that evening so we chose to sit closer to the Eiffel Tower.

Watching James Blunt
We grabbed ourselves a space (which was running out!!) on the lawn. We lay back and napped on the lawn as the concert was due to start til about 8pm. We drank and picked our way through the food enjoying the heat and the atmosphere. Eventually the concert kicked off and we listened to many french artists - understanding nothing for an hour before James Blunt came on to perform 3 songs. None of us are big fans of him but we were happy to finally know something!! So we all had a singalong as the rest of the audience got quite excited as well. Then it was was the big event. The firework display coming from behind the Eiffel Tower is supposed to be one of the best in the world.. and to that I will never disagree.

The backing music was Oprah. Now I've never had an appreciation for the music but that night it was perfect.

Beautiful!
Everyone sat and lent back watching the amazing display that went for ages. Every time you were amazed by the display and thought that was the big finalle - there was more. No one really spoke, it was beautiful. Every now and then the Eiffel Tower would light up and sparkle with its own masses of lights and it felt like something out of a Disney movie. It really was the best night, nothing else was much special about it. We got back to our hotel and had a few drinks down the bar around the corner, but nothing has ever been so spectacular.

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Jimmys grave in the background - M…
Jimmys grave in the background - …
I didnt dare to kiss it.
I didn't dare to kiss it.
Watching James Blunt
Watching James Blunt
Beautiful!
Beautiful!
My girls and Paris
My girls and Paris
Oscar Wildes grave, gettin some lo…
Oscar Wildes grave, gettin some l…
Chopins Grave
Chopins Grave
Edith Piafs grave
Edith Piafs grave
The masses..
The masses..
Eating our picnic dinner!
Eating our picnic dinner!
Enjoying the sun by the Tour Eiffel
Enjoying the sun by the Tour Eiffel
Lori and Bondy!
Lori and Bondy!
Dunno what that was about.
Dunno what that was about.
Lori, Derek and I
Lori, Derek and I
Lori and I
Lori and I
The tower sparkling
The tower sparkling
Lori and I
Lori and I
Fireworks
Fireworks
The crew!!
The crew!!
Paris
photo by: Sweetski