It’s been really really hot down here, there is no wind, not a whiff, which means the heat seems to build up during the day and it’s quite suffocating. We resorted to putting Charlie in the bath and showering him with very tepid water, he’s finding it quite hard going – that’s why we’re so pleased when it’s cooler to take him out. He really doesn’t need exercise as such, but it’s nice to think he’s exploring different smells!
Today is the 14th July, which is Bastille Day in France. Almost everything has ground to a halt, the shops are shut, the city is eerily quiet. We got up very early this morning, it was before 6! We took advantage of the cooler air and took Charlie for a walk to the local park, he was so contented lying in the shade under the trees. The only other times he’ll be going out today is for a quick wee every now and then and maybe (if we’re lucky) the wind will pick up and blow some of the accumulated heat away and we’ll take him out for a potter later this evening.
We walked down to the main square, Place de la Comedie, where there was the Bastille Day Parade. It started off with a fly past over the square.
They all looked so smart but what the photos don’t show is the heat, it was absolutely boiling hot. The ground of the square is polished marble and it is bright and very, very hot. I couldn’t believe how these guys managed for as long as they did, especially the fire-fighters!. Well, actually they didn’t!
This is a photo of the trainee squad of Fire Fighters.They started out brilliantly, I did notice they were the only ones who had bottles of water with them.
Then, one by one, they started falling like flies, one after the other, being escorted off for medical attention, overcome by the heat, It really was most unpleasant and I really felt for them.
This next photo was taken just before the guy in the middle actually collapsed! He hit the marble floor and it made the most incredible thud, he was carried off. I hope he recovered, poor thing..
This photo is of one of the Fire Fighters being taken to the ambulance for treatment.
It was such a shame, they all did so well to hold on for as long as they did. The dog handler was obviously very concerned about his canine partner and ended up asking a local cafe owner for a bowl of water, for his Black German Shepherd, who by this time had given up completely! Bless him, he’d started out sitting beautifully by his owner’s side but ended up lying down, absolutely exhausted. I noticed the handler didn’t wait for everyone to fall out at the end of the parade, he took his dog off into the shade. Very reassuring to see.
The guys that lasted the course where of course the Vets … how amazing are these guys?
Fortunately, the parade didn’t last too long but there was quite a lot of standing about, it was incredibly moving to see 7 guys receiving medals, for action in the battlefield, two received Legion of Honour medals and I couldn’t help glance at the family members who were suffering in the heat but filled with pride.
And to finish off, just a couple more photos that I found quite interesting, hope you do too!