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Photo Of The Day from France: Dog On The Loose!

Advertising art and funny signs have always caught my attention and this one was no exception. Dog On The Loose!
 

Attention!! Dog On The Loose!


 
What the Google translate site actually says is a bit too literal — “Attention!! Dog freedom. If it shows you throw on the floor and wait for help. If it fails: courage.”

But surely you get the drift — Attention!! Dog on the loose. If it appears and comes after you, throw it down and call out for help. But if no one comes to help — have COURAGE!

***NOTE***
My friend Polly who is a language teacher up in Normandy has given me an even more clear translation. Thanks, Polly!

“Dog on the loose. If he appears throw yourself on the ground wait for help. If help doesn’t arrive, good luck!”

 

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Park It For Awhile — Then Come Back!

Bear with me, all of you ‘visiteurs’ — and give me a few hours so I can give you another glimpse of beautiful and scenic Normandy.
 

Blue Visiteurs Parking Sign in France


 
See you soon!
 
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Photo Of The Day From London: Don’t Treat A Thief

For any of us who have grown up in more safe and secure environments, seeing a sign like this posted so prominently in a public place is a bit of a shocker. This photo was taken in a pub dining room in London and the sign warns the diners to be alert to the presence of thieves.
 

Warning sign in pub dining room in London, England about the presence of thieves


 

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Photo Of The Day: The Furniture Maker

In the midst of our travels, I always try to keep an eye open for interesting signs or clever advertising. This unique sign contains a man working with a wood plane and advertises a furniture maker in the old quarter of Bayeux in Normandy, France. I love the simplicity and almost cartoon-like quality of it. But it instantly tells any observer what goes on in that building. Brilliant!
 

Furniture maker sign in Bayeux in Normandy, France


 

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Pourquoi Parking Signs Called The Musketeers?

Whilst driving north from the Pyrenees to Normandy over a several day period, we stopped one afternoon at an Intermarche grocery store to pick up picnic supplies for one of our cheerful and healthy lunches and I saw these signs on the covered parking area for bicycles and motorscooters. I didn’t know what the words meant at the time, but when I took a few minutes and did a Google translate of them a few days later, I discovered that Les Mousquetaires meant The Musketeers.

 

Les Mousquetaires logo on the cycle parking at Intermarche grocery stores in France

 

Les Mousquetaires logo on the cycle parking at Intermarche grocery stores in France

 

But why??? What did parking spaces have to do with the legendary musketeers of old? And was there some kind of association with Alexandre Dumas, the author of The Three Musketeers???

 

Image by Maurice Leloir, 1894

 

A bit of research answered that question — and don’t we just love the internet for speedy answers! The Intermarche grocery chain is one of several companies owned by a retail marketing conglomerate called Les Mousquetaires.

Ah well — marketing — plain and simple — using the romantic imagery of heroic figures as the name of a retail umbrella corporation.

C’est la vie!

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Pictures Full of Words

Today’s post is another photo break — and we examine the words on signage that aim to catch your attention. Both of these signs were seen on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Enjoy!

Do Angels With Bagpipes Create Sottish Foodie Heaven?

And in the sign below, it’s nice to imagine that some cranky old miser can’t always dictate his spin on the news — or pick and choose what he wants ‘the masses’ to know or think or believe.

Can it be that there is still some freedom in today's media?

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