Ô ma belle Nice, Reine des fleurs, Tes vieilles toitures Je chanterai toujours. Je chanterai les montagnes, Tes si riches décors, Tes vertes campagnes, Ton grand soleil d’or. Translation: O my beautiful Nice, Queen of flowers, Your old roofs, I'll always sing. I will sing the mountains, Your rich scenery, Your green countryside, Your great golden sun. I found it on youtube, written in the dialect and in French.
As is the tradition, the 14 of July festivities ended with fireworks by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as well as in most other French cities and towns.
What is the Tour de France?" on July 22, 2009, every year I write a post on the Tour - you can find the posts by looking under Tour de France on the side of my blog. I did not mention before the caravans following the Tour, or more accurately ahead of the Tour - 170 publicity caravans (custom-built especially for the Tour) representing 43 organizations. Their long procession arrives one hour ahead of the race. Their personnel, usually students working on this special summer job, hand out 14 million gifts to the roadside spectators. Children and adults alike love getting the caps, sweets, key rings, souvenirs thrown at them. It gives the Tour this special noisy, crazy fun with blaring music and excitement.
From the millions of fans along the roadside, of all ages and types (animal included,) some wear outlandish outfits or makeup.