Spending the 8th May in Maisons-Laffitte


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’.



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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. In 2014 he moved back to Europe from Sydney with his wife and daughter to be closer to their families and to France. He has a background teaching French and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations and a degree of Economics and Management.

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