Germany vs France
As a French person often visiting Germany, I find this rather accurate and quite amusing!
I loved all of this. But the picture of the showers was especially funny to me! I live in a very large ex-pat community, with lots of Germans, Brits, Canadians, Americans, and Russians. At the gym, you can always tell who the Germans are, because their clothes almost magically fall off their bodies as soon as they get into the change-room. And they are in absolutely no rush to put them back on - they walk around, take care of all their other need, have conversations - with their "members" as free as can be. Though, my wife tells me that the French women do the same in the ladies change-room.
Haha, such an interesting angle. Thank you very much for the extra explanation of Christmas too, as illustrated by the enormous Christmas tree, but is it more like to provide festivities spirit and German is not particularly religious right (as depicted in the pic)?
Eh, actually if you don't mind, can you give some more details on the picture of nazi (Totalitarimus) but from French side, I thought it was a bit sensitive so was hesitated to ask (And sorry for not having done a thorough research on Europe history)
It is not particularly religious indeed, they just really like to celebrate Christmas, decorate their house (they would put candels on their windows to be seen from outside) and enjoy that festive time. During the second world war, Germany invaded and occupied France. The French government at the time, led by Marshal Pétain at the time, collaborated with the nazis, economically for instance, but also the police, and France participated in the deportation of many people. This is still a sensitive topic in France, and you would hear many people say that the real France was the one of De Gaulle and resistance. And I was wondering for the children one as well, I was not sure haha!
Bavaria and Austria are religious.....as well as Slovakia and Poland....the attitude towards Christmas is really special: heavy kitchy decoration, lots and lots of food (slovak moms are still competing who bakes 12 types of cookies, no swapping!), biggest possible christmas tree, expensive or numerous presents.....even Czech (mainly atheist) are quite serious about holidays and even the customs....some people attend midnight mass just for the atmosphere....