Saturday, July 7, 2012

Lunettes de vue




All of Paris must be in need of lunettes de vue (eyeglasses)
as there is an optician storefront in every block.

I think that they are second to pâtisseries in number!
(I am making that up but there are too many to count)



Optique
139, rue Saint-Honoré
(at Rue du Louvre)
75001, Paris



15 comments:

martinealison said...

J'aime cette photo... avec le globe de la lumière juste derrière...

Il est vrai et je le disais encore dernièrement à mon ami qu'actuellement il y a énormément d'opticiens dans les villes. Les gens ont-ils réellement plus besoin de lunettes qu'autrefois ?...

Gros bisous.

Rob-bear said...

Considering there is so much to see in Paris, one needs to have good eyes. That is perhaps the logic of the situation, Genie.

Virginia said...

You're right about that. Once when I spent the better part of a day trying to find a ^%$# alarm clock, I grumbled about the opticians on every corner but nobody had a travel alarm. One of the few times in my life I've wished for a Wal Mart!
V

Sylvia K said...

Ah, so much to see that it wears the eyes out quickly! One doesn't want to miss anything!! I love it! What a great shot, Genie! Enjoy your weekend, don't forget your glasses!

Hugs
Sylvia

Richard Ewen said...

A good friend from London frequently visits Paris when we are there. She and my wife scour the shops while I work the streets with my camera. One of their prize purchases is usually a new chic frame. Whatever arrondissement you are in seems to teem with eye glass frame shops.

Riet said...

It must be good business for them. GReat shot Genie.

Alexa said...

You're right—it's like drugstores in NYC. Maybe the Parisians in general have weak eyes—they do read a lot, I've noticed.

louciao said...

I bought a fab pair of sunglasses when I was in Paris with my mother in 1966. Had to bring forth my schoolgirl French to ask for them in the shop. I wish I still had them; not that I'd be able to see through them anymore, but for their cool retro look. I wonder what ever happened to them...

Starman said...

There do seem to be a lot of magasins de optique in Paris. I had an opportunity to utilize one several years ago. I had dropped my glasses on the sidewalk. One of the lenses popped out and they needed readjusting. The clerk in the optique did not charge me for the service.

Bibi said...

Good one. I've been in cities that seem to have an abundance of pharmacies and shoe stores. In Belgrade it's the latter.

Mary said...

I'd want to make sure my vision prescription was up to par for a trip to Paris. Definitely! Heaven forbid i'd miss something. And that is such a clever 'sign' they have at that particular shop..

Randy said...

I like the design of the sign.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Martine, I think that it is like Bibi said in her comment... Paris has opticiens and Belgrade has shoe stores. Well, Bibi, I will have to come there immediately! (My middle name is Ismelda - hah!)

Mary, you would not believe the number of signs like this in all shapes, colors, designs. I have a collection of about 30!

Bear, I think that there may be many people who buy glasses for the style and perhaps do not need a prescription lens.

Starman, that is a great story of the kindness of Parisians. Certainly they saved the day for you!

Lynne, oh I know you wish you had them now... I think the song goes, "everything old is new again!"

Richard, I think that is an interesting perspective. At least a new pair of frames from Paris no less are a purchase that can be enjoyed and seen daily.

I may have to see about that on my next visit.

Bises,
Genie

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So clever Genie, the way you've composed this shot it almost looks like a pair of lorgnette spectacles from the 18th century oui!
p.s. just looked back at yesterday's post, the young soldier does look so very much like your Dad, no wonder you did a double take!

brattcat said...

the "eyes" have it.