Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentines: Rue du Chat qui Pêche - Hearts in Paris, France

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Something more fitting for February ...

photo copyright 2007, Judith Nijholt-Strong
Hearts by the Rue-du-Chat-Qui-Pêche (street of the cat who fishes)
Paris, France - 5th arrondissement
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Back in 2007 when we took a trip to Paris, we were wandering in the 5th arrondissement trying to find the Rue-du-Chat-qui-Pêche. I had to tell my cats that I had been there ... of course! The Rue-du-Chat-qui-Pêche is said to be the narrowest street in Paris as it is only 5.91 feet wide (1.80m) for its entire length of 95.14 feet (29m). When the tiny street was first layed in 1540 (16th century), it led to the banks of the river Seine; its name is from a sign over a shop that once was on this narrow corridor to the Seine.

In mid-January, a lot of Paris seemed to me to be torn between having sparkly Christmas decorations still on display and getting ready for red hearts on Valentine's Day. To be honest, I found that delightful since mid-January weather can be dreadfully dull. The statue, with the heart shaped menu around its neck, was in front of a Greek restaurant with fish dishes announced on those hearts. Appropriately placed, I thought, on the corner of the Rue-du-Chat-Qui-Pêche (street of the cat who fishes)! :o)
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I've been sorting my photography folders (doing some *digital housecleaning*) and came across quite a few hearts, old & new, that obviously captured my attention on my travels over the years. You may see some of them posted on Kats-in-Klompen this month, in keeping with a Valentines theme. heh heh ;o)

tot de volgende keer
(until next time),
Judy
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