Friday, May 3, 2013

la Deuche - 2CV




"Four wheels under an umbrella" is one of the nicknames for this iconic French car.  
Last spring we saluted a trio of 2CVs as they rode the streets of Paris. 


It is difficult to see a 2CV without thinking about all the French movies
and the tree-lines roads of Provence.  


This is dedicated to my dear friend Véronique (French Girl in Seattle) who has written at least two posts with many photos on these cherished vehicles.  She has a dream to take a tour with her son and this may be the very car of her dreams.



dans les rues de Paris


Joyeux anniversaire, ma chère Lauren

18 comments:

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The deux chevaux is yesteryear's Smart car. It's making a comeback as a rental car in Paris. Saw a number of them last year, as part of a wedding party and used by tourists who could actually find parking.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Thank you so much Genie. Yes, one day my dream of racing in a rally across France while driving "a Deuche" will come true... In the meantime, I will keep smiling every time I see one, in real life or in photos like yours :-) Long live la Deuche! Best "Umbrella on Wheels" that ever was! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Alain said...

La plus célèbre 2Cv est certainement celle de la religieuse dans le "gendarme à St Tropez".

Joe said...

What a wonderful looking car with such an imaginative name. I could see myself behind the wheel of one of these bouncing around the road of Paris easily. What a treat.

Malyss said...

Iconic! and for us, french people around 50, a large part of good memories!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Fantastic little cars, there are many around here. Have a good weekend, Diane

Cezar and Léia said...

Cute car!You got a fun shot! :)
Hugs and happy weekend,
Léia

Rob-bear said...

Iconic car. Delightful photo. Fun for all.

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting
Life in the Urban Forest (poetry)

M said...

Fun photo ... Fun car! My paternal grandmother learned howntomdrive when she was in her 60's and drove one of these ... Fond memories, indeed!!!

Janey and Co. said...

I read Veronique's post and it was delightful...as is yours...Janey

Alexa said...

Oh, yes—this brings back a whole bunch of fun memories! Merci, Genie!

Genie Robinson said...

Hi, Genie....Long time no visit....how are you? My, I would love a car like this...so steeped in tradition and history. Love the little smile and hand wave of the girl in the car. Too cute. genie

Starman said...

This is a very cool way to take a tour of Paris...BUT...it's rather expensive!!!!

Jack said...

They are like a lot of small, old cars. So ugly that they are actually cute.

Stefan Jansson said...

Ha, a fun photo it is.

Virginia said...

I want to ride in one, just ONCE!!!
V

Bibi said...

I owned an already ancient one in 1976. Doors that opened 'backwards'; hinges in the middle...Paid 600 francs for it. No gas gauge. It rain pretty well for a while, but died in front of the Eiffel Tower...and I left it there...

Melissa said...

We called them Lemons when we were stationed in Germany.