Monday was the longest day of the year – with 16 hours from sunrise to sunset in Vannes. France celebrates with a night of music going past midnight. Here are some pics of the most action we’ve seen in a … Continue reading →
Vannes is holding its annual jazz festival this week, and I’m reaping the benefits of having one of the stages just outside my window. Here’s a sound clip and a picture for you. Hope this Friday leads to a great weekend, wherever you’re reading from!
It’s Bastille Day (14 July) here in France, and the town is abuzz with national spirit.
This morning, I was awakened by the sound of a band playing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. And yesterday, a parade went by on the street outside my window, featuring costumes traditional of French royalty and Breton customs; there was even a bagpipe band.
Most of you know that I stick to the oneworld alliance (American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas, etc.) when it comes time to fly. But I’ll admit that United airlines has done a fantastic job of reminding us of the magic of flying through their “It’s time to fly” television ad campaign since emerging from bankruptcy in February, 2006.
Watch the ad above (embedded) and then head to United’s YouTube page to watch a documentary on the making of this ad. Featured are legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, and rising classical piano star Lang Lang from China. They do such justice to the masterpiece that is George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”