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BASTILLE DAY SPECIAL
Bonjour Parismarais readers,
Did you know that one of Paris’ most popular tourist attractions wears boots and navy blue uniforms? There is no question that « Le bal des pompiers » held on July 13 and 14 is one the most popular parties on the Paris calendar.
Every July, fire stations across Paris turn up the heat as they turn into the hottest dance halls. The Paris firemen are cute, sexy, smiling, open-minded and welcoming. The fact that they are also life savers contributes as much to their popularity with Parisians and tourists as does their friendly attitude. Like every year, our team was first in line, to enter through the VIP back entrance at number 9 rue de Sévigné.
The fire trucks were out in the street so the two beautiful courtyards of Hotel de Chavigny, a 17th century mansion built by Louis XIV architect François Mansart, could welcome hundreds of people and a musical band.
This house has been home to the Marais fire station for nearly two centuries. The Paris Fire Brigade was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 19th century to improve safety in the city of Paris after the revolution. Unlike firemen in most cities and countries, Paris fire fighters are part of the French army, and that may be why they inspire so much respect and admiration.
Joining the Paris Fire Brigade is not a simple job. You have to be in top physical condition and practice no less than four hours of sport activities each day. It is no wonder that the fire fighters have gorgeous bodies and are the dream of all Parisians – men and women alike.
We were offered a bottle of champagne and became just drunk enough to make more new friends in blue shirts. Unfortunately, we missed the traditional « full monty » show they love to do just to make the crowd hysterical. But we had the chance to visit 2 other fire stations in central Paris, just to find out if the atmosphere was as nice as in le Marais.
The station Grenelle in district 15 was packed, and the crowd enjoyed a band playing music that was more 80’s and traditional. The busiest fire station was the one in Saint-Germain-des-Prés on rue du Vieux Colombier, where the techno music was hot and the ambiance felt more like a chic open air vip club.
Every good story ends with a wedding or fireworks, and this year Madame Eiffel was dressed in Blue to celebrate the french presidency in Europe… the fireworks hosted by the city of Paris, were great and the music was a subtle medley of all famous operas. More than one million people gathered on the Champs de Mars, bringing their picnics and their high spirits to enjoy an endless night of excitation and fun.
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This monthly newsletter is available in English, but we have so much to tell you it just keeps getting longer and longer! Don’t wait for the next issue to discover what’s new in le Marais. Almost every day we’ll add a new report or article about le Marais and Paris, plus many tips about travel and entertainment in Paris. These articles will be available in English, French, Italian, Dutch, German, Swedish, Danish, Spanish and Russian. We are building strong relationships with many international medias to promote le Marais around the world, and we’ll publish some of their articles in our blog. If you want to write about le Marais, we’ll be happy to add you to our list of our contributors and writers.
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