July 14, 2003
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Bastille Day in Brooklyn

We had an unexpected Bastille Day celebration. We went to an unfamiliar Brooklyn neighborhood (Boerum Hill) to see an 18-piece woman's accordion band at a quirky place called the MicroMuseum because we thought it would be hysterical. It wasn't. They were timid and played mostly dirge-like music. It seems to me if you have the nerve to strap an accordion on your chest, let'r rip!

But happily this event was part of a Bastille Day street party centered on a French bistro. It was mainly a serious petanque competition. Several blocks were covered with sand making petanque courts (don't know term). The last teams left playing were amazing. Everyone around us was speaking French. Where did they all come from? Who knows? Good street food, too.


Plus nice, friendly decorations:

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