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Celebrating Bastille Day in France

The French territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon is less than a day’s sail to St. John’s, Newfoundland. During my recent circumnavigation of Newfoundland, I stopped in Saint Pierre and Miquelon. It was the morning of July 14, Bastille Day. (Image: The flag raiser looks up as the Tricolor reaches the top.)

The day began with a small ceremony in the town square. A few bars of La Marseillaise played over speakers as the flag was raised. Four military personnel presented arms, then were called to be at ease. Officials, some looking more official than others (see the shoes), reviewed the participants and then awarded medals to military personnel, emergency first responders, and fire fighters. (Image: Awardees wait to be called forward.)

The small group of onlookers dispersed, including me. I sampled some French food in a local cafe, visited a few local vendors, and started to make my way back to the ship when I came upon a race—skateboards powered by small children using plungers to move forward. Many more competitions, including a foot race, were scheduled throughout the day, with nightfall bringing fireworks. Alas, I had a noon deadline to get back on board. (Image: Military shoes, business shoes, and the rebel!)

The kid with the long legs seems to have the advantage!

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