Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Signs of Paris

I actually did have a project to share with you this evening, but it was a colossal flop failure so I am now trying a new technique and hopefully I will have something to share with you tomorrow.  So instead of posting zilch nothing, I will share a few photos I snapped in Paris and share some obvious observations with you.

This first photo is obvious.  It's a sign for the famous Metro.  I took a few of these around town when I saw them.

This next one is at the Eiffel Tower.  Notice what they are selling and the language it's written in?  Ice cream and hot dogs.  Can't get anymore American than that, and I'm not sure they have a French word for hot dog that sounds quite like it does in English.
 This next photo is the marquis at Cafe Le Dome.  Apparently a great place for snacking and nonstop service.  I love it!
 How about the next photo which is Cafe Le Dome's awning, but around the corner.  Apparently I can take my evening cocktail away.  Yes, I would like my wine to go please.
 We did visit Ireland on this trip, but we didn't hit the Parisian Irish pub we found here.  Apparently we could watch live Rugby games in this pub.  Did you notice the American flag in the window?
 Here is one of the chocolate shops I came across.  They were all closed in both London and Paris.  So disappointing.  Look how sad that woman looks as she's walking away.  I shared her pain.
 If your a designer type gal, you will like the next photo.  I have a real Louis Vuitton bag I purchased from a street vendor when I visited Manhattan.  Well, that's what the vendor told me.  He wouldn't lie, would he?  I paid $39 for that bag!
I happen to have been fortunate enough to stay at the Waldorf Astoria when I was in Manhattan so I'm not sure of the history of this hotel in the following photo, but I believe it to be named for John Jacob Astor's second wife Madeleine Talmage Force who was 18 when she married John Jacob Astor who was 47 at the time.  John Jacob Astor built the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 1897.  It was the first hotel to offer room service and changed the hotel industry forever.  So there is a little history lesson for you. 
 We all recognize the next photo.  I saw more Starbuck's than McDonald's.  They were everywhere we went and we could always count on them for internet access.
 Last but not least is this fabulous cafe with a wonderful huge black awning.  I love the lettering.  As always, thanks for stopping by for a visit.
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7 comments:

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Maggie,

Great looking pictures of Europe.

If you liked the Waldorf Astoria you would love the Plaza.
It seems we are all walking around with those pretty bags. ;)

Dee

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Do I see some future sign painting projects here? Love the metro sign!

Anne said...

Maggie thank you for taking me to France! Someday I would love to go there! But I don't think I would want to leave!!! Love all those signs!
xx
Anne

Donna said...

What great photos, Maggie! I love soaking up all of the little details! And cocktails to go? Count me in:)! Oh, we noticed when we were in Paris last week that the French word for hot dog is "chien chaud" ("dog hot"). How fun is that?!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank you for the Parish pictures...Love them. I hope your project turns form a flop to fabulous!

Carol

Pat C. said...

What wonderful pics! I never knew that there was a Waldorf other than Astoria! I love the typography on the awning. A dear friend's daughter had her wedding reception in June at the Waldorf Astoria. My husband and I were unable to go, which broke my heart. Besides wanting to be present on such an important occasion for my friend and her family, I wanted to be able to drop "When I was in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf..." into every conversation I had for the rest of my life! hehehe

Eek, that poor woman walking away from the closed chocolate shop really does look stricken, doesn't she? And it's compounded by her friend's look of concern!

Thanks for the great pics. I'm sorry about your "flop/failure," but I'm sure that something even better than you originally had in mind will be born out of the disaster!

xoxo

Bliss said...

I find it hard to believe Maggie The Great had a flop! I'd probably still like it.

~Bliss~