The Musée Carnavalet is a wonderful place in Paris, nestled in the beautiful Marais. Housed in two ornate mansions, it is dedicated to the history of Paris.
From 3-D models of what the city looked like through the centuries, to some of the faces off of the Pont Neuf, it’s really a treat.
One of my favorite collections were the two rooms of enseignes, or street signs. They spanned the 16th to 20th centuries. As a great number of the population was illiterate, it was important for business owners to have pictures outside their shops representing their trades.
I saw so many of these on my aimless, meandering lost walks, that I just started photographing them…and then I realized I had enough to make a post!
(Some have words now, but the creativity made these so special.)
For Olive Oil on Rue des Martyrs
Bookstore in Galerie Vivienne
A store dedicated to all things for your fireplace.
Wonderful Brasserie in the Latin Quarter.
Polidor (I know, you’ve seen this one already.)
Au Pied de Cochon – restaurant in Les Halles open 24/7.
A place to get an extra key cut for your beautiful pied á terre.
Salmon and Caviar
Eyeglasses and repairs
This indicated the restaurant was inside the courtyard. When you walked into the courtyard, you could see different floors and types of dance classes in progress. Hence, The Studio.
A blacksmith along the Seine.
And there are so many more. Looking at these now, I remember where each one was located, and what a treat they were when I came upon them.