Thursday 29 October 2009

France: Flashback I – Rue Montorgueil

Talking to my lovely brother in Paris reminded me that I had taken a whole series of photos of his street and not done anything with them. I’ve described this street before as the kind of French street you see in a charming illustration, the kind that has one of everything: a butcher’s, a baker’s, a café, a cheese shop etc etc. But Rue Montorgueil really exists – and it really is charming.

So if you’ll forgive the brief departure from life in Cape Town, I’d like to take you on a tour of Rue Montorgueil.


Le bistro

Le traiteur (the Queen of England wasn’t too proud to shop here – they have the postcards to prove it)

La boucherie

La poissonerie

La fromagerie


La boulangerie (et le traiteur chinois – that one wasn’t in my French textbook)

La quincaillerie


  1. I'd like to nominate 'quincaillerie' as one of the most pleasing words in this or any language.
    It's just very satisfying to say.

  2. But you haven't put up the best picture, which is La Eithne avec son petit manteau rouge devant la quincaillerie. It's just the beauty of the composition. And the skill of the photographer.

  3. I agree, I'm a big fan of quincaillerie and the way it rolls of the tongue. So I'll second your nomination to the Official Board of Pleasing Words.