French are not flag people. We quite never put flag in our homes like you can see in some countries (except for special events like Soccer world cup) and the only places where you can find French Flag are public buildings like this beautiful Hotel Particulier located on the Place de l'Etoile (you can see the reflexion of the Arc de Triomphe in the windows).
I'm sorry for the poor qulaity of the picture but I took it my phone since I did not take my camera this afternoon. I am just back from a fabulous performance of La Bohème at the Bastille Opéra which you can see on the picture and I could not help but posting something about it today.
One thing I did not tell about my little trip on the Champs Elysees for the Armistice day is that I could not help but stop at Ladurée and have some of these incredible macarons ... and by the way I wish you all good luck for this Friday 13th !
I waited until this afternoon to post today's picture because I wanted a fresh one from the Arc of Triomphe where this morning took place the commemoration ceremony of the end of World War I. So I went to the Champs Elysées and I'm just back with these pictures.
For the first time a German leader, Angela Merkel, has attended the ceremony with Nicolas Sarkozy. I think this is a perfect sign to show the friendship that is now in place between France and Germany and it gives hope for the future.
The caricature of "the French" is the guy wearing a béret (soft wool cap above) and carrying a baguette under is arm. If I often carry a baguette I've never had a béret but I agree you may find old men, mostly in the west southern part of France, who still wear this cap. These are sold in tourists shops.
When I posted a picture of the Parc Montsouris 2 days ago, Nadège said she remembered the "Guignol" so that's for her. It's also for all who I guess do not know "Guignol". It is athe main caracter in a French puppet show that also took his name. You can see more on wikipedia and have a lot on this video showing the Champs Elysées Guignol Theater which is basically the same show.
The Tour Saint Jacques is a remaining from an old church that was demolished during the French Revolution.It's been standing here on the right bank for 5 centuries (built between 1509 and 1523) and is located in a square that took its name "Square de la Tour Saint Jacques".
Ever since I lived in Paris the tower was not visible but coverved because it was so old and fragile that rocks were sometimes falling. It's only in march this year that restoration work had been completed and that the tower was "un-packed". We then had the feeling of having a new monument given to Paris though it was only 500 years old ....