Paris in celebration mode (again)

There were several good reasons for our trip to Paris this past weekend, not that we ever need much encouragement to visit our favourite city.

In any case, our reasons this time included the chance to socialize with my sister Karen and her husband Mark, who were visiting from Florida; a day trip to see the Normandy coast where Canadian troops came ashore as part of D-Day in June 1944; missing Daglan’s overly long and loud fête; and some brilliant culinary experiences.

More on all that in later posts. But just for today, here are a few glimpses of how Paris has been celebrating its liberation from the Nazis in August 1944 — with World War II vehicles parading through the streets.

The following photos were taken by Radio Free Daglan’s Chief Staff Photographer, my wife Jan, near our favourite café for people-watching, Le Tourville on the Place l’Ecole-Militaire. For some time yesterday (Monday), we watched a steady stream of vehicles pouring out of the military school’s gates and heading out into the city.

Here’s one of them:

A tank leaves the military school.

A small armed vehicle leaves the military school.

And another:

Another army vehicle moves out.

Another army vehicle moves out.

And another:

Heading out into the streets of Paris.

Heading out into the streets of Paris.

And one last photo:

Netting covers this personnel carrier.

Netting covers this personnel carrier.

It was good to see that a small group of people — Parisians? visitors? — had gathered on the sidewalk in front of our café to cheer on the vehicles. Celebrating, and remembering.

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