Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sunday afternoon in the Marais


The activity and the colors in this typical street scene in the Marais is pleasing to my camera, but the blatant "Coke" display is akin to seeing the Starbucks and McD logos in Paris. As a spoiled visitor who likes to imagine that she is living in Paris, I do not want these "Americanisms" in the city I adore.

(Okay, the mini-rant is over)

Bon mardi

32 comments:

Suzi said...

I know what you mean. I have this love affair with Paris and France and I don't expect anything "modern" to enter into my idea of it all --- unfortunately it does now and then...but it still captures my heart and soul. x

RICHARD MOISAN said...

C'est bien, ce que tu penses, Genie. Tu es la plus Française des Américaines!
Il ne faut pas dénaturer un pays et une culture. C'est tout le charme de voyager à l'étranger. Chaque pays doit garder son authenticité. Et c'est vrai qu'à Paris, comme dans la plupart des villes, les enseignes américaines fleurissent beaucoup trop. C'est comme la langue anglaise qui veut absolument s'imposer partout. C'est bien dommage. La langue anglaise est parfaite pour le business, mais, pour le reste, nous devrions être beaucoup plus attaché à la la langue française qui est, avant tout, celle de l'amour...
Bonne journée Genie, et merci d'aimer la France!

martinealison said...

Rien de mieux que le terroir... ses produits, ses goûts et ses senteurs...
bisous

Andy said...

I know what you mean. Every town and city in Canada are beginning to look the same with McDonald's, Home Depot, Wal-mart, etc. It's all about money. Anyways Genie, I still like your photo.

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Genie I love these everyday street life photos......enjoy your day! Rx.

Dianne said...

Bonjour Genie:- I'm with you on this - I love the rouge, but not the Coca- Cola. xx

Coco Coterie said...

Such a sweet, fresh market. Lovely ~ xox Alexandra

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Yes, Coca Cola does intrude in our fantasy...alas reality is always there.

Diane said...

So right - they need to stay in America. I wish the UK had gone down the "European " route when it comes to living and lifestyles and not the American way - no offence meant but in my eyes, the Europeans (especially the French) have it sussed. x

Rob-bear said...

Peut-être Paris, Georgia? Je pense que NON! C'est très regrettable.

A demain.

Malyss said...

I agree with you!
What I like in this picture is the contrast between the lonely girl and the boys gathering to gether..Funny,and interesting!

Randy said...

That's funny I was just thinking about that when I was in Taos. No Starbucks, Target just local stuff everywhere. There was a Walmart however. Great shot!

Virginia said...

I"ve had this rant on my blog several times. Don't get me started again this am! I will say I wish I were in the Marais this very morning!
V

Rob said...

Geez, there are so many coca-cola logos all over in this shop. Happily, Paris is not inundated with the golden arches or any other logo of fast so-called food like products.

Cezar and Léia said...

I love this kind of picture with street scenery.This store looks interesting!
I see many people enjoy there, it's very nice!
Léia

Halcyon said...

Ah well... at least they add some nice color!

suzanneberry said...

it does seem ill-conceived in a city that takes such care to remain authentic to see these harsh icons, however, as usual your photographs are amazing!

TheChieftess said...

I'm right there with you Genie!!! But I must admit...the coca cola accoutrements don't bother me nearly as much as seeing a Kentucky Fried Chicken or McDonalds...even Starbucks is preferable!!!

Loree said...

Yes sometimes it feels as if places are starting to look more and more alike with all the franchises but then, when you look past that, you realise that these little things cannot change the soul of a place.

Alexa said...

You're definitely preaching to the choir here! But I do love your photo. ;~}

Jack said...

Thast is why they make Photoshop, HOney!

I'm taking credit for yesterday's photo. I set the camera on the tripod, focused it on the frozen image on the TV screen, did a few test shots, found the spot to sit, and then took my place. But, my wife might have pushed the button . . .

Pam Holnback said...

I have got to get to Paris!

Ninny said...

Ah, but nothing is better than a cold coke, except that in Europe it's not quite cold! But the beer, now that is cold!

Liz

Jacqueline said...

Great photos!

Amanda said...

it's funny, but the first thing that drew my eye was the english 'walls' ice cream logo (but called something else in france?)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

To all == I have read your comments off and on all day and had the best intentions of responding.... but, I have been working in Oregon since Sunday and too tired tonight... Home tomorrow for a few days and I will be visiting your blogs with comments then... Bises, Genie

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Et oui Génie, hélas le monde du "business" est partout dans toutes les capitales, je suis d'accord avec toi, nous devrions garder notre identité culinaire, le monde va ainsi et c'est dommageable je pense aussi, à chacun ses particularités, à chaque pays ses beautés et traditions ainsi que ses imperfections.
Belles photos!

Starman said...

As if Starbucks and Mcd's were the only invaders, you've also got Office Depot, KFC and Pizza Hut just from memory. I know I've seen others but can't remember them at the moment.

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

Yes - all those American products/logos need to get out of Paris! Vive la tradition!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I was shocked the first time I saw a McDonalds in France. It was in Nice in the old market area and seemed so out of place.

I just discovered your blog and I'm having great fun looking around. My husband and I love France also, especially the south of France in the Saint-Remy area. I'm off now to enjoy more of your lovely blog and get my dose of France this morning.
Sam

cieldequimper said...

Sign o' the globalised times.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

I can deal with Coke - it's worldwide, and tastes better in Paris (of course) - but yeah, do we need Starbucks? The French have SUCH good coffee..