Thursday, November 01, 2007

Theme day: blue


1st day of the month and as usual it's a theme day within the DP community. Today's theme day is... Blue! It was recommended to avoid blue skies as it was too obvious so I decided to look for something slightly different. I thought of... La rue Bleue ("blue street"), a street located in the 9th arrondissement - formerly known (before 1789) as rue d'enfer (hell street). On top of that, on this typical Paris street sign, there is a large blue part too. So here we go...

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51 comments:

  1. A play on words ... I like it ... The French are very creative. Oliver in Evry found a blues club which was painted blue and was named the blue note.

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  2. Well I will be a true blue PDP fan and wear bleu aujourd'hui!

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  3. Oh, Eric...what can I say, other than

    ....sacre bleu!

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  4. Something old, something new, something blue.. now where have I heard these words before? ;)

    Tres good shot, Eric! Some might say "cliché" but I'm surprised you didn't label this post "typical Paris." Isn't Paris the only city to have these specific enamel signs?

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  5. This reminds me of the signs on a particular corner of rue Cherche Midi because it shows the progressions of the signage in Paris. The first street sign is carved into the building and says "Rue Desvieilles Thuilleries" Then it has an old, faded blue sign above it saying rue du cherche midi, then the third sign is the bright blue and green one we see on PDP today.(Yes, I had to look at one of my old photos to help me with this).
    I also went to rue Singer to take a photo of the sign and made a keychain out of it for my Parisian loving friend with that last name!

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  6. Hi Eric,

    Hopefully I'll be bumping into you in Paris soon! Europe, here I come! L'europe, j'arrive!

    Anyway, I truly prefer the old name: Rue d'enfer. It sounds more 'cool'!

    The Strange Republic
    www.veryclicky.blogspot.com

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  7. How on earth do you find these things for Theme Day Eric? Good choice.

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  8. I thought there was still a Rue d'Enfer, but maybe I was thinking of Rue St Dennis

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  9. Oh Eric, this is just perfect! It's nice to know its gone from Hell to just having the blues. And I just have to groan at Sally. . .good one,
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  10. You hit the nail on the head twice Eric - well done.

    My post is late today because I've had no phones all day but I made it!!!

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  11. Nice idea ;o)

    On rue Bleue, I highly recommend a remarquable grocery shop named Massis Bleu. It is worth a visit for two reasons:
    1) it sells armenian products that taste and smell delicious;
    2) the shop stays in a frozen time zone, ante-modern era, with beans and rice still in huge linen bags, elderly shopkeepers wearing grey blouses, and bills in hand writing.

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  12. nice and so true. I love those signs in Paris, at least you know where you are with the district number. I realised I could have done the same for Brussels as it has the street name on a more darker blue with the district name too.

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  13. Bravo, tres original, il fallait y penser.

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  14. Liked the sign. Thanks for leaving a comment about the blue door, glad you like it, but i'm not Lynn - i'm marley! Check out Lynn's photo if you're thirsty!

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  15. What is the history behind this name? I thought all rues have a rich background.

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  16. Great choice. Blue and blue, as it were.

    I didn't resist the blue sky in Menton but did add sea, umbrellas and comfortable beds, all in blue for your pleasure.

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  17. It's a bleue day in San Francisco, as well. Blue, in terms of overcast, cold and a work day. Love the photo - and your comments.

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  19. Really cool. There also is Passage d'efer, down by the Cimetiere Montparnasse, an odd little street of both pretty and dumpy buildings. PHX-CDG: I, too, love the sign evolution. M. Michel showed me a perfect example of three signs on rue de l'Hirondelle.

    And, by the way, he is a talented artist as well as photographer.

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  20. Love your interpretation of the theme. It fit the criteria and yet so Parisian. Bravo!

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  21. As usual you didn't lack creativity...

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  22. Well done, Eric. Nice find!!! A stroll down les rues de Paris is sure to chase the blues away. ;)

    I love these blue signs on the corners of buildings in Paris. A few months ago, American mathematical/physicist, John Baez was in Paris and made it a project to find and photograph streets named after mathematicians. For example, on the 5th Arr. he found RUE DESCARTES, with 1596-1650 date, and title of PHILOSOPHE, MATHEMATICIEN ET PHYSICIEN; and RUE LAGRANGE, 1736-1813, ASTRONOME-MATHEMATICIEN...

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  23. Correction: There also is Passage d'ENFER, down by the Cimetiere Montparnasse.

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  24. Loraine, that's very fun info about finding streets named after historical mathemeticians. In Florence, they have many vias named after painters--Ghirlandaio, Cimabue, etc. Of course, in Northeast Minneapolis, we have streets named after the U.S. Presidents, in the chronological order of their serving. You can find your way around if you are a history buff!

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  25. Just a quick note: yes there is a passage d'Enfer near Montmarnasse, I photographed it here.

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  26. I love the French blue...whether it is the Bleu Royale or the Bleu Marine...or what we call Cobalt Blue...the French Blue is still very popular for mens shirts and is always called just that.."French Blue"...not "freedom blue"...as when the cretins tried to change the name of the "fries"!! Bitching about a potato!! How American...duhhh.

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  27. Blue, here is a shell for you
    Inside you'll hear a sigh
    A foggy lullaby
    There is your song from me



    Joni Mitchell

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  28. I like both of your blue pictures!

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  29. Quite an unusual street design and colouring.

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  30. you can't get much more blue than that! Also liked the "accidental" demonstration shot.

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  31. Jeff, that's so cool about the president's names. I wonder if the streets run North South, or East West? I guess they'd have to be either or, to maintain them in proper order?

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