Monday, July 16, 2012

Avenue George V - le Quatorze Juillet




This is not a usual sight on
Avenue George V


This was at least a vehicle that I could identify
as opposed to the one below which was huge and strange



(photos taken 14 juillet 2008)


Ave George V
75008, Paris

25 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, wow, those do look ominous!! I could identify the first one, too, but not the last one??? Not exactly what you want to see on the streets, but somehow no surprise these days, unfortunately! Hope you've had a good weekend and wishing you a great start to your new week, Genie!

Hugs
Sylvia

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Funny, but when I think of Bastille Day, I think of dancing in the streets. Not ominous military machines. Time to update my mental images.

Pierre BOYER said...

:-)
Belle journée,

Pierre

Joe said...

Wow. Now that's something you don't see everyday. I can't imagine waking up to find up to find one of these outside my front door.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

We had lots of 'wet' fun here at our little village finishing off with 'thankfully dry' fireworks. Have a great week Diane

Revrunner said...

Very strange. Almost look like some sort of storage tanks.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Quite unusual for the streets of Paris. I agree with Sylvia - quite ominous.
Sam

Lapin Agile said...

Finally, Paris liberated!!!

brattcat said...

hmmm, in wonder what was up.

brattcat said...

that is, "i" wonder what was up. but now i think maybe a way of observing bastille day?

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Genie, They are powerful & foreboding & a strong reminder of a large aspect of history & civilization. Rita

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour Genie!
Belles photos.
Un véhiculo enorme!
Léia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I was hoping that perhaps Jack/Bob/birdman or Lowell would know what these are Genie, where are they when you need them haha! Surely they can't be some sort of missiles (unarmed of course!)

Kris said...

WOW! Very scary! I doubt there was any celebrating on the day this was going on! :)

Starman said...

I think they should only parade things that were there during the real Quatorze!

Alexa said...

Great shots, Genie! Even when I lived there, I never saw the parade on the 14th—was probably sleeping in after the firemen's balls the night before. :~}

dive said...

Ooooo … fun! It's a mobile bridge, Genie. It drives into the water supported on its floats and extends its top parts to either bank.

Clueless in Boston said...

Hopefully, they only let these out once a year on Bastille Day.

Nat said...

Belated happy Bastille Day :-)

Randy said...

Well that's unusual.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Diane, I am glad to hear that you finished the day with "dry" fireworks... I am sure that there was music as well.

Oakland, the military parade is quite impressive. The uniforms are more spectacular than any I have seen in the US. Some of them look like they were taken from the set of a movie.

dive, I am not sure if you really know or are just teasing. I originally thought that they were fuel tanks.

Richard, what a great sense of humor. I'll have a glass of wine with that... (Entre deux Mers Gravier?)

Rita, you would have been amazed at the display of equipment! I have never seen so many different vehicles and aircraft in one parade. There were about 30 white trucks and tanks, which I imagine were used to blend in with snow or sand... which?

I do recall thinking that I certainly hoped that all was quiet on the French "front" as absolutely every single vehicle and thousands of military personnel were marching on Champs Elysées. I do not think that they left anyone out!

Tomorrow's post moves back to more familiar Paris scenes.

Bises,
Genie

Malyss said...

It's always strange to see such vehicles in the streets in our country nowadays..But i like to see the défilé anyway!

Rob and Mandy said...

Not much love for this kind of vehicles. s long as it is only for parading, guess it's OK.

Red_Cardinal said...

The second military vehicle is a mobile bridge vehicle (Engin de Franchissement de l'Avant). I'm sure you'll be fascinated to know this ;)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Red, I am indeed fascinated to know that. One never knows when that type of information will come in handy. I truly had never seen anything like it although I am far from a military (French military) vehicle expert - hah!

Thanks for your comment - hope you will stop by again.