Bastille Day

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Flag of Vannes in Bastille Day Parade

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.

Flying à la Gershwin

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.”