I'm not quite sure what this sign says, but I think the building was decorated around 1865. At first I thought these lions, and all the other decoration, were carved. But now I suspect it was some kind of concrete poured into molds.
Speaking of lions, have you been following Jude's SpiritCloth blog? She's currently working on an amazing band of gypsy lion musicians. Furthermore, I only recently discovered her fantastic lion quilt pics in Flickr.
It's been rainy and overcast here. I feel sorry for the Tour de France cyclists if this weather continues. So far I've seen no hints of activity for the race, although there are grandstands going up in the Place de Concorde. I was freaked out on Monday by jets flying in formation overhead. Apparently there is a military parade for Bastille Day, this Saturday, and this was just practise.
I recently completed the novel Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler, a mystery set in both modern day and WWII blitz London. I liked the characters a great deal, and the hint of the supernatural which really isn't (reminiscent of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, although they do it better). I'd say 3 out of 5.