16.7.14

July 14, concert, fireworks...


I published a few photos from the concert and fireworks around the Eiffel Tower July 14 on Facebook. I took a number of photos and felt that I should show some more here as the “show” was quite exceptional.

The weather was perfect. It seems that we were some 500.000 in front of the Tower, on the Champs de Mars.


We listened to the Orchestre Nationale de France, the Choir and the Music-School of the French Radio, directed by Daniele Gatti and to top class singers like Natalie Dessay, Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca, Olga Peretyatki, Piotr Beczala, Lawrence Brownlee and Laurent Naouri. Our President, Prime Minister, the Mayor of Paris… were there. Even though I wasn’t too far from the scene, it was nice to have some giant screens. The whole thing was broadcast on television in a number of countries. (For a couple of days you can find the total "show" here.) I made some very short videos to give you an idea of what we listened to which you can find on Facebook and at the bottom of this post you can see a video of the fireworks part as found on the net.

The sky and the Tower changed colours during the concert.



After the concert, it was time for the fireworks, probably the most spectacular ever made around the Tower. There was some kind of story with reference to the World Wars, Peace, Europe, France… 





































































8 comments:

Sara @ Simply Sara Travel said...

Hello! I came across your blog, and wanted to say that I love your pictures from the Bastille Day fireworks! You must have been sitting up much closer to the Tower than I was - the pictures you captured of the concert are wonderful! What a view you had! Great post, thanks for sharing your photos :-)

Nadege said...

Eric of "Paris daily photo" posted a 36 minute video. They really outdid themselves this year with these truly spectacular fireworks. Thank you Peter for making us feel like we were there.

Vagabonde said...

Your photos are truly wonderful! I spent the 14th watching le défilé en direct – that took more than 2 hours. I really enjoyed watching all the foreign guests with their national uniforms. There were so many regiments and military schools going down les Champs-Elysées it was hard to figure out which ones they were. Then yesterday I watched most of the feux d’artifices too – but it’s nothing like being there for sure. You took great videos. It certainly was a 14 Juillet to remember.

Peter Olson said...

Thanks Nadege! I have now added the same! :-)

Anonymous said...


I saw those "fuegos artificiales" on the 14th....

Sebastien, my nephew and godson filmed the entire spectacle from the balcony of his apartment and sent that clip to me.

I don't want to think how much that spectacle cost!

Beautiful post and beautiful photos as usual!

Thank you, Peter
Maria

martinealison said...

Bonjour cher Peter,

Depuis sa naissance, elle en aura vu de toutes les couleurs notre Dame de fer !
Un billet aux nuances pétillantes !

Gros bisous

claude said...

Des belles explosions de joie et de paix. Fabuleux spectacle !
Merci pour la vidéo.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous photos Peter.
Thanks for taking me there.

Kathy from Fredericton