Happy Bastille Day! This is my first national holiday in France and I had the chance to see not one, but two firework shows this weekend (the other small towns around Grenoble celebrate on the 13th).
In Grenoble, the fireworks are held in the main park of the city. It’s really important to get there 45 minutes early so that when you realize that you’ve forgotten your camera’s memory card at home, you can dash back through the crowds like a mad woman and make it there and back in time for the show to begin. Make sure that your tripod is (in)securely fastened in your backpack so that it knocks against your head when you try to unlock your bike and above all, remember to furiously ring your bell at anyone that dares to step on the bike path. Next year’s resolution – plan ahead and instead of worrying about remembering the bottle opener for the beer, remember the card.
The theme for this year’s fireworks was the four seasons, so naturally, Vivaldi’s classic was part of the performance. I only realized it afterwards, but they really pulled it off with the colours. Spring even had fireworks that burst open like flowers and winter was filled with bright white snowy explosions.
Once I finally got setup with my clunky tripod in the crowd, it was a lot more work to take these photos than I thought. I had to look for the little red streak of light in the sky before the firework exploded, that way, the camera was ready to go when it actually happened. Anyway, enough technicalities, here’s what I got: