Thursday, January 21, 2010

Looking for Liberté, Egalité, and Fraternité

Born during the French Revolution and institutionalized during the Third Republic, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité" is the well-known, widely seen national motto of France. This phrase is everywhere in l'Hexagone: On stamps, on coins, and on countless buildings across the country. It even used to be inscribed on packs of Gauloises cigarettes. I kept noticing the French motto while out on my early Sunday morning photography mission, and since no one was around to block my shot, I kept taking pictures of it. It's a beautiful motto - Liberty, Equality, Fraternity (Brotherhood) - and a fun subject to hunt for while roaming the streets of Paris.


Nomadic Matt said...

you are in paris and I hate you for it. I'd trade NZ for paris

Antonio e Ellen said...

We have a blog about travel, and we would like to invite you to visit us and you can find to translate on the right side of the page.
Thank you very much, and we hope you enjoy.

best regards
Antonio & Ellen

Zhu said...

I must say I still like the motto. Better than the Canadian motto or the American one in my opinion.

One of the very few French symbols I value!

Tanya said...

@Zhu, I totally agree with you. The French got this one right!