Happy Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day!

Bastille Day Fireworks Paris

Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is called Fete Nationale (“National Celebration”) in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet (“14 July”). It commemorates the 1790 Fete de la Federation, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.

Festivities are held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris in front of the President of the Republic.

The parade opens with many cadets from the Ecole Polytechnique, Saint-Cyr, Ecole Navale, and so forth, then other infantry troops, then motorised troops; aviation of the Patrouille de France flies above. In recent times, it has become customary to invite units from France’s allies to the parade; in 2004 during the centenary of the Entente Cordiale, British troops (the band of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, Grenadier Guards and King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery) led the Bastille Day parade in Paris for the first time, with the Red Arrows flying overhead.

The president used to give an interview to members of the press, discussing the situation of the country, recent events and projects for the future. Nicolas Sarkozy, elected president in 2007, has chosen not to give it. The President also holds a garden party at the Palais de l’Elysee.

Article 17 of the Constitution of France gives the President the authority to pardon offenders, and since 1991 the President has pardoned many petty offenders (mainly traffic offences) on 14 July. In 2007, President Sarkozy declined to continue the practice.

The Ultimate Travel Checklist

Watch your Cash!

Don’t bring more than two credit cards with you on a vacation. Furthermore, make sure those companies know you are traveling. If you don’t inform them, they may freeze your card for suspicious overseas activity. If you have a hotel safe, use it. If not, be sure to only bring what you need with you when you go out. If you want to get really hardcore, purchase a money belt or neck wallet in order to keep your passport and extra cash in a safe place close to your body. Now if that is too extreme for you, just be aware of suspicious people and keep your wallet in the front of your pants. You already look out of place, so having a wallet in the front of your pants won’t make that much of a style difference.

Important documentation:

Visas

Passports (don’t wait until the last minute to see if they are expired!)

Insurance Cards (also check with your insurance agency for short term travel coverage)

Make sure your luggage has tags with your name and contact information on them.

Personal Items:

Rain protection; bring a mini Umbrella or a light Raincoat.

Toiletries: cosmetics, deodorant, shampoo, shaving needs etc.

Phone Charger (this may include having to buy a Voltage Converter overseas)

Floss, Toothbrush, Nail Clippers

Swimsuit, Sun block

Some extra batteries for things such as Cameras and Alarm Clocks

Be aware of any medical conditions you have, bring Aspirin in the U.S. before you leave so you’re sure and comfortable with any medications you are ingesting. Bug repellent for exotic vacations, and if you have problem flying, look into purchasing some Airborne.

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The British Open 2009: Turnberry

This weekend golfs most prestigious tournament is taking place. The Watson, appearing very calm and collected Open Championship at Turnberry has begun. Always located in the British Isles (this year, Scotland) the Open Championship is the oldest and most coveted of the 4 major annual professional golf tournaments. The winner of the Claret Jug is the man who can percevier through 4 days of the british isles without loosing his cool. Many winners of the British Open as it is colloquially known, have repeated the feat due to the small number of players who can tame the course. As Tiger Woods continues looking for his first major victory since his return from injury, the cameras are on Irish native and two time defending champion Padraig Harrington. He’s won the last two tournaments and took home the PGA in 2008, giving him 3 major titles. But with Harrington 8 shots back from the lead, and Woods likely to miss the cut, there is a bigger story this weekend in the highlands.

59 year old and 5 time British Open champion Tom Watson is tied for the lead after two days. Watson shot a 5 under par on Thursday (tied for 2nd) but we did not break the news due to the fact he might not survive through Friday. Veteren legends past their prime often have one great day before the weekend and before the Cinderella media pressures them into a terrible next round. But Tom Watson has shot par today and is now tied for the lead and going for his 9th major and 6th British Open. If he wins he will be tied with legend Ben Hogan and South African Gary Player for 4th all time in Major wins.

In his press conference Thursday Watson said with a jovial delivery:

“..will I be able to handle the pressure?…I don’t know”

He followed up his uncertainty with a grin and this stern comment:

“I feel that I’m playing well enough to win the golf tournament”

Last Chance for U.S. Open Tickets

I live in the city, and with money being tight I have no time to take a real vacation this quarter. WRONG, Be American! Go out and enjoy the local destinations that are offered in our backyards. THIS WEEKEND is the U.S. Open PGA golf tournament. Sometimes hidden in an obscure location, this years open is just a 30 minute drive from New York City at the beautiful Bethpage State Park. The short distance from the city will let you exhale from the summer tourists that are flooding the streets of Manhattan. I not only encourage you to enjoy one of the county’s major sporting events, but stay awhile. Instead of trying to beat the traffic back into the city, grab a night at a boutique hotel and venture into the park. If the gorgeous protected wildlife doesn’t interest you, the shoreline at Jonas State Park is but a ten minute drive from the golf course. The fishing culture will reward you with good dining and cheap delicacies as the seasonal catch always creates a surplus. As we head towards a more conservative spending lifestyle, take advantage of the seasons that make New York one of the most diverse attractions in the country. Even as an outsider I encourage a quick trip to Long Island to enjoy the unique change of seasons that only happens in certain areas of the country. You can enjoy Vegas any time of year, but the colors and culture of New York’s coastline are only alive during this short window, don’t hesitate!