Photo taken in Colmar, France 2006
Yesterday was the 4th of July which I do miss celebrating in the States. We look forward to going to Strasbourg on the 14th of July for the French national holiday celebration. During the fireworks in Strasbourg, I always think of America and how every year I went to see the fireworks on the 4th.
I changed my header a short time back to the Statue of Liberty green. Why? Well, you are on the right path if you are thinking about the gift of the real Statue of Liberty to America from France (which our family had the fortune to see a year before we moved to France). However, it is even more perfectly suited to my blog which is a personal journal by me, an American, married to a Frenchman living in Alsace, France with our children because of the history of the sculpter of the statue.
The Statue of Liberty was sculpted by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. He was born in Colmar, France located in Alsace. When we drive to Colmar I can see a smaller version of the original statue located in New York. Each year we plan to go to this smaller version on the 4th of July so that I can feel close to America and one thing or another keeps us from going. Other Americans do make a sort of pilgrimage to this smaller statue in Colmar to pay their respect to our country on this very special day, celebrating the birth of our country.
Next year I will be at that statue with the other Americans no matter what comes up! After three years in France, I feel the need to be closer to America and on the 4th it is strongest. I love France and want to live here for the rest of my life. Yet, I am still American at heart.