For some reason, some of the juxtapositions I find in Europe really appeal to my sense of…irony? Fun? Wry humor? Rueful regret? Not sure what the word for it is, and in fact sometimes the reaction changes, depending on such things as whether I need gas.How do YOU react to these?


I think the picture says it all here.

Poor Sébastien. Forced to stop on the side of the road while his weird American wife walked along its edge and out into the middle of it, even, taking pictures of road signs. And I didn’t even manage to get a clear shot! It’s a sign telling you how far the next McDonald is, plastered on the side of a very old stone house.
This McDonald is trying so hard to look like it belongs here and Jean Bové shouldn’t run a bulldozer through it. See? It has camouflage. A tiled roof.

  • Yeah, that’s actually one of the things I really like about living in Europe. Like any American, I’m fascinated by towns that were here before the Romans came, or 500-year-old buildings that are still standing, and still in use. But I need to be reminded that this isn’t a theme-park, it’s populated by actual people who also need to put gas in their cars and go shopping and such. These modern things are ugly, but they do mean that the culture is still alive, and so there is both wry humor and rueful regret. And occasionally, a good loud guffaw.

    August 8, 2007 at 6:50 am
  • Old and New. I sometimes wish they could just leave the old towns alone and not modernise them in any way. But then that’s selfish isn’t it? I’ll probably only visit these old towns for a week at a time, but there are people who live there every single day and they appreciate having all the modern conveniences! I just wish they could modernise the towns while keeping the “old” look.

    August 8, 2007 at 8:52 am
  • Old and naw are the best . In decoration I love the mix between 2 of them , in architecture a little bit less . But we live with our past to make our future better.
    That is a great post about France
    mélanie xx

    August 10, 2007 at 5:16 am
  • It does make you take a second look! A loud splash of color sticks out among the wonderful old stone buildings…making you want to order Le Big Mac. La Grande Mac? La Mac Grande?

    August 10, 2007 at 8:58 am
  • My blog has been eating my own comments & posts, which has not been helpful, since I have been traveling & conferencing.

    I think I mostly regret that Total in front of the beautiful old manor, although we DID need gas. Still–we were right in the middle of a rural area, and it seems as if there might have been a better spot for the Total. But the McDonald’s appeals to my sense of humor.

    Even though, you know, I see Jean Bové’s point.

    Alala, I forgot to respond to your question about who I get. Umm…I think I go for roles more than the actor himself. Like, I love Peter O’Toole in To Catch a Thief or Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story. But I don’t think I have a crush on them in quite the same way people seem to fantasize about, say, George Clooney. There was a post on a BB recently asking who everyone’s fantasy weekend would be with and honestly, no one. I can’t imagine having any fun spending the weekend with a strange actor. 🙂 I also tend to like characters in books much more than people on a screen.

    August 13, 2007 at 6:52 am
  • Anne-Gaelle

    That’s a shame to see that but being french, I was not surprised…actually I was more amazed when I had to explain to my kiwi flatmates that in France the ground of the church is in old stones and not with a carpet like in NZ…I really like live among these old monuments full of History.

    August 18, 2007 at 4:44 am

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