Aspirational

A shop sign near Circular Quay in the centre of Sydney.

PPAC #15 24 September 2021

Pulling in the punters

The picturesque city of Perigueux is (in normal times) a popular tourist destination. Inevitably that means there are lots of shops, all competing for footfall from passers-by. Signs alone are not enough in some cases.

PPAC 6 August 2021

Fancy A Coffee?

This weathered sign, in the open air museum of Montrol-Sénard, is outside a century-old equivalent of a modern-day coffee shop.

CMMC: Brown

Against Bric-a-Brac?

At first glance, this ancient and well-weathered sign in the city of Cahors appears to read ‘anti-brocante’, but in fact it’s just old and bent (don’t say it) and actually reads ‘Brocante Brocante”.

So good they named it twice, presumably.

For non-francophones, a brocante is essentially a bric-à-brac shop. You know: the sort of place whose owners buy junk and sell antiques.

Posted for the Photographing Public Art Challenge, hosted this week by Cee

Shop sign, Loches

This elaborate wrought-iron shop sign in the town of Loches is quite distinctive.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge 14 April 2020

Thursday Doors: Chabanais – empty shopfronts

More doors from Chabanais, but there’s a theme this week and it’s one I’ve written about before – the demise of the independent local retailer in rural France.

Thirty or forty years ago, the town could probably have supported two boucheries, but no longer..

I found the English sign in this window a little anomalous:

Other trades have also struggled to keep going:

Thursday Doors 31 October 2019

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile

Should you ever find yourself in the town of Saint-Junien and need to have a new key cut, this is the place you’re looking for.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Smile