The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

19th & 20th Century shop fronts

The town of Rchelieu, being a sleepy place, has still retained several old shop fronts.  This paticular one, fastidiously maintained,  was shuttered up for the New Year 2008 when we took a snap of their meticulous restoration and pretty floral stencilling.  It is nice the way the traditional shutters fold back into the façade once they are re-opened.
More or less opposite is la boucherie chevaline or horse-meat shop with its extraordinary façade from the '1950s.

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