Here’s the hotel where I stayed on my last trip to Paris. Notice the red awnings over the main entrance and the smaller red awnings over each window. (The flowers in the window boxes are usually red too, though you can’t see that here.)
And here is a satellite photo of the same hotel, courtesy of Google Earth:
Yes, those little awnings (maybe the flowers too) are visible from space.
And yet the U.S. military can’t find Osama bin Laden’s camp?
See also this related story (conical hat tip to Chris Morris). (A few of their coordinates are wrong, however.)