Today 8th May 2015 is a public holiday in France as the nation commemorates Victory in Europe Day. We could have gone to the Champs-Élysées this morning for the grand military parade in the presence of President Hollande… but after a busy week at work we decided to stay in the park of Maisons-Laffitte for another of our many relaxing walks…
Just before we left for our walk, the speech of French President François Hollande was broadcasted on television. It is tradition that the President talks to the French during commemorative events such as Victory in Europe Day. This year, the commemorations were quite special as France celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Armistice which took effect on the 8th May 1945. This ended the devastating World War Two in Europe (the conflict lasted to the 2nd September with Japan).
So we left home mid-morning under a sky threatening rain in the direction of Place Wagram and Place Napoléon.
Although this photo was not taken today we couldn’t help but publish it too! Two evenings ago, we admired this magnificent rainbow over the park of Maisons-Laffitte – rainbow is ‘arc-en-ciel’ in French, literally ‘arch in the sky’.