Celebrating the 4th of July in Toulouse

It was a dark and stormy…day (you thought I was gonna say ‘night’ didn’t you?). Honestly, it was 15C/58F and there were on and off (mostly ‘off’ thank goodness) showers. Not exactly the best weather for a 4th of July picnic, but 50-70 brave souls from the France/Etats-Unis and Americans in Toulouse clubs managed to have a fun time at the Foret du Bouconne last Sunday (which was actually July 1).

The lovely missus and the AIT president bundled up on a chilly July day.

Then, on Wednesday, the actual 4th of July, Americans in the area were invited to attend a reception at the Toulouse city hall, in the beautiful Salle des Illustres.

A gorgeous venue.

There were maybe 200 people there – some were Americans, some were French, others were neither (I know of at least one Danish fellow who was there). Elyse, Tour Guide Extraordinaire, was there.

D and Elyse share a moment.

A young whippersnapper from the US embassy in Paris gave a brief speech (in FR) as did someone from mayor’s office.

Officialdom was present from both countries.

And then came the food and drink, featuring champagne (technically, it cremant de Limoux) and the absolutely cutest little faux hamburgers:

The ‘burgers’ were actually sausage (I think).

And what would a FR buffet be without macarons:

I may have been the only one there who didn’t have at least one of these sugar blasts.

All in all, a fun way to spend an hour or so. And as we exited the site we got to pass by one of my all-time favorite busts:

Kind of says it all doesn’t it.


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2 Responses to Celebrating the 4th of July in Toulouse

  1. Jackie Pippins says:

    Todd, what is the story on that bust? Nothing personal, I mean the one with Le President Bastarde. Who is he?

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