Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Quelle est la température?



Il fait 20°C donc bon. The working celsius thermometer on the exterior wall, première étage, affords the entire street a handy means to tell the temperature. The beautiful window boxes along this street in the Marais just add to the scene (36, rue du Poitou). The thermometer dates prior to 1948 when the measure was changed from Centigrade to Celsius.


Remember, you must look up or you will definitely miss treats like this. Also, remember to look down as well or you may step in another type of treat (not a good one).

18 comments:

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

It's so big! I love the touch of red. I think this is one of my favourite shots

Shell Sherree said...

If I ever hang a giant thermometer on the outside of my house, I'll be sure to colour co-ordinate the flowers with it. So pretty!

Genie said...

Brittany -- I wish I knew the history on the building and the thermometer. It is definitely French and presumably more than 60 years old.

Shell -- The thermometer was between two windows, each with red flowers.

Merci, Brittany and Shell!

Paris Paul said...

Unfortunately, it feels like the thermometer could be giving *today's* temperature. Brrr, one cold August!

Virginia said...

How did I miss this? Maybe I was looking for poo de chien! HA I love the color of course. At 0c it says GLACE ! Great find Genie.

JM said...

Wonderful composition, Genie!

Genie said...

Paul -- Here in the South we would gladly take a bit of cooler weather.

Virginia -- I am glad that someone was watching out!

JM -- Thanks and welcome back!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Definitely would take cooler weather! It would take me forever to learn to convert F to C in Europe, though!

Genie said...

Shari -- Think of it this way (from my Southern perspective of course):

On the warm side: 20 is perfect, 30 is pretty warm, and 40 is miserably HOT

On the cold side: 15 is cool (about 60°), 10 is cool, and anything less is "freezing"!

Technically, 0°C is freezing but I am from the South!

Loree said...

I wish it was 20C here. It is so hot and humid. We could do with some rain. BTW, beautiful picture,

M said...

I would adore 20C right now. Interesting about the change in nomenclature from Centrigrade to Celcius -- I certainly wasn't around in 1948 but in Chile I grew up calling it Centigrade.

Oh, lovely photo -- love the rouge.

Genie said...

Loree -- I totally agree about the temperature and know that you have had a hot summer too.

M -- I discovered that it was changed because the French and Spanish "centigrade" was also a name for a unit of angular measurement and was confusing. The temperature scale was named after the astronomer credited with its invention. Yeah, I know ... TMI

Alexa said...

How cool is it (no pun intended) that this beautiful thermometer is still up there—and apparently still working? And also that you looked up at the right moment!

Genie said...

Hi Alexa -- I'm glad that I was looking up and that someone with me was "looking down!"

Alexa said...

Genie -- Les Parisiens do love their chiens, don't they?

Genie said...

Alexa, bien sûr!

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Genie said...

Jim -- Yay! And I am following yours.