April 26, 2013

"W" is for Window

This is Day 23 for the
Blogging from A to Z Challenge
for 2013.


Today's topic is window. The French have a colourful expression for window shopping: faire du lèche vitrine or "window licking".

While touring Europe I visited some iconic department stores, like Harrods in London and Galeries Lafayette in Paris.



Egyptian Escalator at Harrods, London


Galeries Lafayette, Paris


It's more fun to window shop, whether in a large city like Lyon


Taittinger Champagne, Lyon



or a small village like Viviers.



Charcuterie, Viviers



Some shop windows are filled with good things to eat or drink.



Tournus


Chocolate Sardines, Aigues-Mortes


Absinthe and Pastis, Les Baux-de-Provence



Some items are fanciful miniatures.



Carousels, Eze-le-Village


Carousel, Beaune


Ferrari Garage, Eze-le-Village



Ferrari, Monte Carlo



And other windows are full of bling.


Monte Carlo


Monte Carlo


And some shop windows can tell you exactly where in the world you are, like Venice.


Gondolier Shirts, Venice


Carnival Mask, Venice



Or a resort town along the French Riviera.



Saint Jean Cap Ferrat



Or the marshy Camargue region of France, where you're more likely to have a close encounter with a mosquito than a flamingo.








Flamingos in the Camargue


And the best part of window shopping? It doesn't cost a thing.

Next:  "X" is for Aix-en-Provence

5 comments:

  1. How nice. I want to window shop in Paris and London. Lyon looks just spectacular.

    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

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    1. The best place in Lyon to browse is Les Halles Paul Bocuse, the market for the city's chefs - a foodie's paradise.

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  2. Window licking--that's great! It makes sense! I loved the pictures, especially the Carnival mask--that must cost a fortune!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  3. This is my first time pay a visit at here and i am in fact impressed to read all at single place.
    Fenetre Isolante

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