The 15th of August is a national holiday in France. Yesterday marked 70 years since Le débarquement de Provence; the landing of allied troupes to liberate Toulon and Marseille from Nazi occupation. Ceremonies of celebration occurred all along the coast, and here at the hotel it was no different. All the guests and staff wore white, there was live entertainment, elaborate food, and the night ended with a firework display. For me as a waitress however, it meant an extra busy shift and a long night of clearing up (I also had to borrow a rather unflattering dress from my boss because I don’t own enough white clothing). Work aside, it was fantastic to experience a day of such national importance and I am glad to have been a part of it!