Jun 12, 2010


While looking through some of my photos, I noticed that I've taken many pictures of signs. Although there are new and larger signs in France, old ones are often still serving their original purpose. This sign is on a stone bridge over the Canal du Midi near Capestang.

Next is a street sign for a narrow laneway in the village of Puisserguier. It commemorates Saint Clementine, the monk who, according to legend,  brought the clementine oranges from North Africa to France. Puisserguier was on one of the main medieval pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compostelle (aka St James Way.)
Somehow, old rusty street signs seem to be more forceful in their message than their more modern replacements. The first below says, "No parking" and the second indicates a one-way street.

Each of the two signs below was nailed to a plane tree some years ago. The tree grew around the sign and now looks like it's eating it!  One sign was found near the river in Puisserguier and the other about 60 miles south, in the Pyrenees.  Beware of sign-munching trees!
This last sign is no longer useful, but has not been removed.  It carries a notice from the town of Puisserguier that dumping anything on the river banks is forbidden.

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