Friday, January 07, 2005


Paris is a refined, beautiful, formal place. At least that's what I thought! I nearly jumped from my bus seat this morning when I saw the latest 2012 sign. It's NEON and on one of the older buildings in Paris, the National Assembly! Apparently, the 2012 signs will also adorne the French Assembly, the City Hall and four bridges until July 6, 2005.

So I pushed the bus button and got off at the next stop to take a picture. Since I have a strange sense of humor (often I'm the only one to find something funny), I couldn't stop laughing when I took this picture. The guard kept staring at me as though I was up to no good. But I just couldn't stop because it seemed like the antithesis of Parisian-ness to have neon....

I guess Paris really, really wants to host the 2012 Olympics. I'm going to do my part by adding a Paris 2012 button. However, after looking for 30 minutes, I can't find one to add to the side of my blog. Does anyone have a 2012 button they can share with me?
Allez Paris!!

-- said Auntie M in Paris
4:08 PM



LOL!!! I saw the sign up on the Eiffel Tower the other day. BTW - just sent you an email with the little button to put on your site.

# posted by Pat : 4:34 PM  

haha awesome! i kind of like the juxtaposition.

you know it's funny, but reading your blog really makes me homesick...of course when i'm there i miss it here. so go figure.

maryse http://morici.typepad.com/bag_n_trash

# posted by Anonymous : 7:52 PM  

Wow, I didn't know Paris is also running for 2012. So is NYC...and what else? Paris vs. NYC will be such a battle!

# posted by Teriyaki : 9:25 PM  

Yeah, saw it too on the Eiffel Tower. I have a nasty picture of the bugger if you want. As if blanketting Paris with some weird 80s aesthetic is going to make anyone believe in the ability of this city to withstand the plastic onslaught of the Olympics. I with they'd just have the Olympics in one place, every year, with nobody else around...like the Moon or Antarctica.

# posted by NARDAC : 9:27 PM  

Now that IS funny. We share the same sense of humor! I love that you took the photo!


# posted by Carrie : 9:29 PM  

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# posted by Anonymous : 11:25 PM  

Pat and NARDAC, I've seen the Eiffel Tower sign. What I couldn't get over today was the fact that this National Assembly sign was NEON!
Maryse, I feel the same way. When I'm here I think about some of the things I miss and when I'm in the US I miss stuff about France. They are two wonderful countries with tons to offer...
Teriyaki, Good point. Just looked up the possible sites for 2012. According to CNN, there are 9: Paris, London or Rio de Janeiro strongly favored to win. The other candidates are Moscow, Russia; Madrid, Spain; New York, U.S.A.; Istanbul, Turkey; Leipzig, Germany; and Havana, Cuba. BTW, I have difficulty commenting on your site...
Carrie, I just love that even the French are resorting to something so tacky as NEON to get the word out. The sign is really big, colorful and glowing. It just stands out.. I guess it serves its purpose.
Jade, Welcome to and thank you for visiting my site. I'll check your site out.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 11:47 PM  

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