February 2, 2016

Signs, Paris

For the fun of it, here are a few photos from today's walk. I love it when old signs remain, but the character and contents of the store changes. Sometimes the signs are truly old, hundreds of years old, but not these.







And though there are some cyclists I know, admire, like and respect out there (you know who you are!)  who think there are Italian bikes to ride other than Pinarello, and some others who think there are American bikes to ride other than Cannondale,  I know differently, and I took these bikes (the only two brands in the showroom) as a message directly from the gods of cycling in France to me. Clearly important, even though I am not doing anything cycling-related  whatsoever this trip. (Do not believe any of the malarkey from my expert that appeared in my last post.)





8 comments:

  1. "Malarkey" Now there's a word you don't hear much nowadays!

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    1. You are right, we don't hear the word malarkey much, but we hear a great deal of the thing malarkey itself.

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  2. So based on the "expert's" quote in your previous post you are in Paris to "acclimatize" for a cycling event "8-10 weeks" from now? Now that's training I can get my head around! When we were in France last spring, the owner of a B&B in a small town told us that in tourist areas there are regulations as to what kinds of business can exist in any given space. For instance, if a "boulangerie" closes, the only thing that can open in that spot is another boulangerie. This was to ensure that there was a variety of different types of businesses. Wonder if business owners can get away with just not changing the original sign???
    Hope you are enjoying Paris in February, and that the weather is suitable for strolling. Over here we are thawing, raining, freezing, freezing raining... and that's just in the last two hours. All our lovely snow is almost gone.

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    1. Hi Susan, Glad to know yu're here ... umm, I mean reading. It is yes, to everything you wrote.

      My expert ... is my husband, a former English teacher, who is startlingly good at malarkey, but knows nothing whatsoever about cycle training. It is true though that I will be back in the spring, avec ma belle bicyclette.

      I stayed in a chambres d'hotes in Nice where the owner told me much the same, that the apartment when sold could be another chambre d'hote, but she couldn't simply pick a spot and do as she pleased. I think these signs are more a case of old signs remaining.Very occasionally I have seen renaissance era signs indicating the nature of the business at that time.

      And the weather ... good enough for strolling, on and of rainy and grey. Who cares, it's Paris!

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  3. Bonjour Susan...lovely to think of you enjoying Paris. Fort Lauderdale is warm and mostly sunny. Enjoying the lush greenery and even the humidity.

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    1. Glad you are enjoying it there! I suspect you have the weather, but I have .... oh, you can finish that sentence. Have fun, see you before long!

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  4. I must say that swapping a boulangerie for a clothes shop seems to be a poor bargain. I almost never need new clothes but I am always open to a tarte aux pommes.

    As to malarkey, you are quite right. There is plenty of it to be found on every side.

    P.S. I wish your posts would let me comment under my WordPress nom de keyboard as I hate being called Tommy but I can't find a way.

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    1. Seems I always agree ...give me a good boulangerie most any day.


      I fear there is far more,malarkey on the other side ofthe ocean than here. The pots and pols seem to be boiling over with it.

      Well, Mr. Tootlepedal, I think Gerry had that problem also for awhile, and I have occasionally had it with wordpress. I'll google it to try to find a solution and come bafk in here if I do. Gerry might know. But I'm glad you are here with whatever name. You could come in as ananymous and sign it Tootlepedal...

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