Thursday, August 1, 2013

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Actually there's nothing really wrong with this picture..it's just a bit odd. I spied this American flag flying in the yard of a house on the outskirts of Tour-de-Faure Tueday as I drove into Cahors for the annual visa renewal process. I did a big double-take, but didn't have time to stop then and grab a photo. So, I returned this morning for one. What's odd about it? I've never seen a American flag flying here except on official American buildings such as the U.S. Embassy in Paris. The French don't fly their flag at their homes like Americans do. You see the tricolore on official buildings, i.e. the village mairie or at the Prefecture, but not usually outside private residences. In fact, a French friend asked me once why it is that Americans like to display their flag so much when neither the French nor the British seem to. Didn't have a good answer for that! This property is obviously owned by Americans. It's in the process of renovation, but as you can see, the most important part is complete...the swimming pool.

1 comment:

  1. Yep. Even after seven years in the US and more than 10 years working with Americans, I still don't get the flag thing.

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