Â Bastille Day here in France is much like the 4th of July in the States. It is celebrated with fireworks all over the country and there is music being played in almost every village.Â On the 14thÂ we were invited to a friend’s house to celebrate. It was an interesting mix of people in that there were two American women, two French men, a lady from Austria whose husband was Dutch, a Belgian man raised in England with his wife, French raised in Canada. Could there be more of a mix? They were all very fluent both in French and English. I sat next to the man from Amsterdam and learned that he spoke four languages. He learned his first language, French, when young as it is considered the most difficult to learn so once they get that one out of the way, they move on to others. He then learned English and German. I so wish the States were the same way. Wouldn’t that be great?
Â Anyway, my friend has a very cute apartment with a terrace from which there was a fabulous view.
Â We had a great dinner and then, because the mairie is almost next door to her, we had a first row seat to the fireworks.
Â Afterwards there was a live band in front of the mairie playing mostly American rock and roll to which my friend and I knew every word. We all even did a little dancing on the terrace. At one point I asked them all this question: what is the biggest selling album ever from a movie? I base this onÂ an articleÂ I read in a paper a few years ago. It isn’t Flash Dance, Purple Rain, or Dirty Dancing. What do you think it is? (My sister can’t answer this as she has been asked this question before.)