On Monday, 2 pm, Railway station
of Tarare.The train
arrives, the "big trip" begins,
the countdown is ended.
Monday, 5 pm, Printania Hotel in Paris.
According to arrivals, from our provinces,
climate becomes established. It increases
by the discovery of the instruments (the new
drums) of Fabien Pottiez, the unavoidable
comments of each, the delivery of documents,
the recommendations to be noticed.
Tuesday, at about 9 am, Airbus Paris-Moscow.
We of course start dialogue, with my neighbour
of seat. This one, French, priest, entrusts
me have aimed a battery-fanfare in Sarthe
in the sixties, and have the collection of
recording "Varieties in Fanfare"
of French Air Force Band. Which was not its
stupefaction when he learnt that Robert Goute
was here, some rows of seats there forward.
The presentations, in disembarkation, made
two people happy.
Tuesday, at about 4 pm, international Airport
Cheremetievo in Moscow. The lost suitcase,
the first claims …
Tuesday, at about 6 pm, Airport Domodedovo,
in Moscow. "Too late". Missed
flight, more claims ...
Wednesday, at about 12 am, Hotel in area of
Moscow. The entertainment, organized to
avoid wasting time of forced wait, undoubtedly
provided good information to Jean-Luc and
also allowed to each of us to gain knowledge
a bit of the new drums.
from Wednesday till Thursday, Boeing of Aeroflot.
Those who do not sleep can admire through
the porthole in the left a splendid rise of
the Sun on the big Siberian North, the curve
of our globe of the Earth is then distinctly
Thursday end of the morning, Vladivostok.
We arrived at the "end of the earth ".
First impressions on this city. The relief
is very present, there does not seem to have
"town center" such as we can find
it in general. It is warm, about 23 degrees,
what changes us in comparison with the 8-10
degrees in Moscow. We go for meal and meeting
with journalists, now accompanied with the
nice students interpreters.
Friday beginning of the afternoon. The
serious things begin. We dress uniform "A"
(that with the tricolour sash) to finally
play, in two interventions in the ceremony
celebrating the first meeting of judo.
On Friday at about 5 pm. Five of us,
the most audacious, are going to visit a very
nice and big sailing boat. The others are
going to represent the group at the Congress
of the Presidents of universities of the Pacific
Ocean zone. Our performance of the following
day is announced. We attend a marvellous show,
particularly of dance.
Saturday 2 pm.
We go to the Palace of the Festival for the
first and last adjustment, with regulating
of illumination. The course on unknown ground,
in the complete black, caused the "fall
of a body", happily without consequences
On Saturday afternoon.
We dress for the first time the new costume
(uniform "B"). Important force of
security set up around the building. Wait
seems to us very long, this length being nevertheless
tempered by the presence of numerous top-models
and other stars. Finally, it is the moment
for us to go, we enter, we play, and this
time some minutes on stage of course pass
On Saturday night.
We are invited at the reception given by the
governor of the maritime province. We are
next every to jet-set local, but also of personalities
of any skylines. Some international dialogues
On Saturday, end of the night.
Some of us come back to the Hotel. The construction
site of a building which is on the other side
of the street always works, twenty-four hours
on twenty-four, with a great proportion of
Chinese workers. Contrasts!
beginning of the afternoon, tarmac of the
airport of Vladivostok, in the Boeing of Aeroflot.
Passengers recognize us, further to our passage
on television. It is answered their questions,
it is provided some explanation on our group,
on our presence here, and about the French
On Sunday , about 11-12 pm, Printania
Hotel in Paris.
We finish a long day (here is twenty-six hours
that we stand, consequences of the adjustment
of the time difference) by an unprompted meeting,
with debriefing, exchanges, then finally good
On Monday midday,
Railway station of Tarare. Return to the
start. It remains forever, full of memories,
and also feeling to have participated in the
first one, in something special.
days. Predominant feeling is deep thankfulness
towards all those who worked at the realization
of this trip, that you know who will indeed
be named moreover. Thanks to all.