Thursday, July 14, 2005

tonight's fish was brought to you by the letter C

i'm a little over-bubbly right now, because French champagne is really good. in spite of this i'll endeavor to say a few words about Bastille Day, which, for you non-french fishies, is the French equivalent of Independence Day; it also happens to be today.
however, none of the words i speak will be to credit the below painting. i'm just feeling too laissez-faire.

the storming of the Bastille, July 14, 1789.

today is the anniversary of the symbolic end of the French monarchy & the beginning of the republic. the storming of the Bastille, the monarchist prison, demonstrated the fallibility of the monarchs once supposed to rule by the right of God. etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

the celebration itself--the Fête Nationale--dates from 1790, from the Fête de la Fédération--which, er, celebrated the storming of the Bastille.

so Bon Jour de Bastille, & all that jazz. i'm going to go drink more champagne (actual champagne, which only French champagne can say), eat our more-than-likely-to-be-crappy crepes, & later, chocolate cookies (because i wanted them, dammit) & a nice Bordeaux.


(note from a day less bubbly:
i forgot to mention that my favorite Bastille Day celebration happens in Philadelphia, where they reenact--you, too, can grab a pitchfork--the storming of the Bastille at the old East State Penitentiary. this includes Marie Antoinette proclaiming "Let them eat TastyKakes" & tossing Krimpets over the walls. wheeee!
& i'll be damned if i can figure out where that image came from or who painted it. it's eluding me. apologies.
the management, the morning after.)

15 little fish:

Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Beautiful picture. Who's the artist?

11:19 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i dunno...i'll find out tomorrow.
the bubbly calls...

11:30 PM  
Blogger transience swam up to say...

save me some! i love bubbly shared with fishies!

1:01 AM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

Bubblies? Shall we see pictures of drunken fishies next? ;-)


1:27 AM  
Blogger kyknoord swam up to say...

Champagne, crepes, chocolate cookies and Bordeaux? I have a feeling that this lot are going to be seeking independence from your stomach in the near future.

1:44 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

damn those monarchist bastards!!!!
one more glass of champagne and i'll storm whatever the hell you want me to!!!!


3:01 AM  
Blogger nin swam up to say...

nice picture...

4:02 AM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Makes me want to read Tale of Two Cities again.

4:41 AM  
Blogger oldben swam up to say...

makes me think of count of monte jailbreak/revenge story ever.

also, if you were wondering, the crepes were far from crappy.

11:45 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

carl v: sorry, man, i can't figure out who painted that. google has stopped turning up the image since yesterday.
i've been feeling very dickensy myself, lately. though i haven't actually done much about it.

transience: consider this an unexpirable rain check for champagne with the fishies.

banzai: on drunken occasions, i'm usually the one taking the photos, so there aren't that many of me extant...but next time i get good &, er, bubbly, i'll try to get someone to take a shot.

kyknoord: what, first comment & you're ragging on my digestion?
kidding. actually the only things that really kill me are back pain, pork products & any kind of fast food. which makes road trips tricky, i'll tell you. & as oldben pronounced, for a first go the crepes were actually magnifique.

mysfit: vive la revolution!!!
i'll have to remember that champagne-as-righteous-motivation trick.

avik: yes it is. know where it came from? cause i don't, & it's bothering me. it's the art historian in me, i guess.

oldben: the count is quickly moving up in my list of things to read. unfortunately, when harry potter arrives tomorrow, everything else will fly blithely out of my mind.

1:40 PM  
Blogger DLAK swam up to say...

The morning after blog viewing can be painfull.
Q. What did the fish say when he bumped into the wall?
A. Dam.

3:21 PM  
Blogger phylos swam up to say...

The French certainly knew how to treat royalty

3:58 PM  
Blogger anne swam up to say...

The painting is called "La Bastille dans les premiers jours de sa démolition" (The Bastille in the early days of its demolition), by Hubert Robert (1733-1808).
There. The French input (took me a while, too...).

6:11 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

dlak - that's aweful (as in i'm full of awe)

phylos - or at least their heads

anne - thanks

10:51 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

the French think they're all royalty at heart.

3:48 PM  

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