An estimated crowd of 5000 people descended on the Justin Herman Plaza across from San Francisco's Ferry Building July 14 to celebrate the French National Holiday, Bastille Day. Francophones and francophiles mixed and mingled in enjoying freshly made crêpes, seared saucissons (sausages), and the many products from France on display.
The passersby started flooding in around 10 a.m. and stayed until twilight. We closed the day listening to the crowd sing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, and French language versions of many popular songs. Of course, one of the day's favorites were songs by the late French pop singer Johnny Hallyday, sometimes called the French Elvis.
The clients who came by were searching out a bit of home, or just the right size treasure for their tables to add a pop of color and joy to their home foyer. My daughter Morgana and I had a great time speaking French with our visitors, and shared the day with a dear friend, Katharine, who like us spent many years in France before returning to the USA. Nous serons là l'anneée prochaine, we will return next year, to again join in the fun.
Morgana was born in Les Lilas, France, and is now living in San Diego, California. Her mother lives in San Rafael, CA.