Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton is the St. Petersburg, Florida of France. Both cities are full of retirees and citrus (though it’s lemons rather than oranges in Menton.) And their flags are both very bad. I think St. Petersburg might be a little bit worse, but that’s not excuse for the Mentonnais.

Despite this lemon of a flag (too easy?) Menton is a beautiful place, tucked amongst the mountians and Mediterranean, right between Monaco and the Italian border. I’ve actually spent an afternoon in Menton, right after the Lemon Festival – and had a wonderful time.

But back to the flag. Yikes. I get that the yellow angel might be such a vivid shade due to the city’s lemony heritage. That’s a pretty violent angel, though. He’s stabbing at the serpent at his feet with a tri…bi-dent?  He’s also ready to strike the death blow with a crooked stick held above his head. If you look closely enough, you can see that he’s wearing a slammin’ dress reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. In a font more boring than Arial, the words DEFENSOR MENTONI are written so that one has to lie on ones side and then roll over to read it without hurting ones neck. Not even Menton’s bad ass defending angel can keep me from savaging this bad flag.

6 responses to “Menton, France

  1. I agree with you that the flag of Menton is really awful, but your description of the objects held by the angel is not very accurate. The one held in its left hand is not a fork, a bi-dent nor anythig like this; it’s… a scale! OK, you may say ‘how can anyone fight a dragon with a scale?’, but look, he’s an angel, some closer to Sylvester Stallone than toa common guy. Anyway, the other object is not a crooked stick, but a fire sword, and I suppose that this lethal weapon compensates the wickness of the scale.
    In summary, the courageous, Marylin-dressed guy is no other than Saint Michael, commander-in-chief of the Heavenly Army.

  2. Lemony Snicket! Who chose that font for a flag‽

  3. Lemony Snicket! Who chose that font‽

  4. Yellow is a great color for france.

  5. That’s spectacularly bad!

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