Thursday, 10 December 2009

La "fresque" du Ch******


A regal feel to a supermarket in Grand Siècle neighbourhood with this palace "fresco" greeting shoppers!
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Le supermarché de Grand Siècle (qui a depuis changé d'enseigne) a un petit côté royal pour souhaiter la bienvenue à ses clients...

28 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

An interesting idea and an unusual sight. I met the rudest cashier of my shopping life at the Champion in rue Monge. I dropped my shopping there and walked away...

tapirgal said...

Lovely with the sign and the big plan of the palace. I assume the Grand Siecle was the one in which the palace was built! It looks like it's been raining again. Nice exposure!

BaysideLife said...

The "fesco" certain adds an air of regality as does the psuedo Versailles planter boxes.

Jacob said...

Another very nice night shot, Ciel. I'm assuming Champion is part of a large chain of supermarkets. This is one photo you have to enlarge to get the impact. The fresco is beautifully done and captures well the essence of the Palace areas!

Bob Crowe said...

I assume they have regal prices to match. But which is the "great century"?

Clueless in Boston said...

Very nice night shot. I'm sure with the fresco of the palace they charge a kingly ransom for items.

Marie-Noyale said...

Even supermarkets have frescoes in Versailles!!!

Natural Moments said...

We are all champions if we don't believe in losing. :)

Olivier said...

sympathique cette idée d'exposition, on repart de ces courses moins bete (mais toujours autant charge). C'est bete qu'il est change de nom "le marche grand siecle" c'etait classe

Lee Spangler said...

I like the fresco. Anything to make the environment not so conformist. By the way thank you again for your thoughtful comments on my blog regarding war. On that note have you ever heard of or seen Le Chagrin et la Pitie directed by Marcel Ophuls 1971. It will give you a different perspective on how some French people viewed Hitler and the German occupation. I'd love to hear you comments.

cieldequimper said...

@ Olivier : ben le quartier s'appelle toujours encore Grand Siècle mais le supermarché lui s'appelle Carr***** Market maintenant... ;-)La "fresque" elle est permanente.

@ all: for an explanation as to the Grand Siècle, click on the link in the post. And the prices are perfectly normal!

@ Jacob: yes, a chain.

@ VP: shhhht. That is NOT politically correct. Supermarket cashiers are very stressed out people so cannot always be nice. That is the pc way of putting it here.

DaveM said...

I've not seen anything like this before, it looks good.

Small City Scenes said...

How interesting. Good night shot--but the supermarket idea is amazing. MB

Cezar and Léia said...

I love that second shot, your perfect composition with neon and the shadows and lights.
This market looks cool and they had a great idea about that "fresco".
Léia

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Your photos today are superb, and how regal a shopping experience.

By coincidence, I have a supermarket posted on my site today, but it is a much more ordinary photo. However, it about a week I have scheduled to post a photo of a mural painted on the wall of a home improvement store. Just like your mural is fitting for Versailles, the store mural that I have scheduled to post has a Costa Rican flair.

Louis la Vache said...

A very nice treatment of the windows! «Louis» remembers the Champion stores from when he lived in France.

B SQUARED said...

You even have art at the supermarket. Fantastic.

Cergie said...

Malgré la chaleur des lumières colorées je me demande si ce n'est pas la grande galerie des courants d'air et je me sens toute refroidie.

J'ai remarqué avant-hier en allant à une autre grande enseigne (de proximité), à Vauréal, qu'elle était encastrée au milieu de petits commerces : tout derrière, rien en façade.

Sharon Van Lieu said...

The mural looks very interesting. Not so sure the red neon letters enhance it. :)

Sharon

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Looks like this supermarket knows how to market itself by making its customers feel special yet charge normal prices.

Rob and Mandy said...

Sous peine de faire un mauvais jeu de mot... Allez, courage: mon experience de cette chaine de magazins, comme l'experience de VP, c' est pas champion. La photo est chouette, pourtant.

tapirgal said...

Ciel, I've loved Tour St-Jacques since I first saw it in the early 1970s, and it was black then! I've seen it since, but it was certainly glowing and beautiful in 2008. Thanks for the report on the restoration. Also, of course I loved your story, although I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time. I now wonder how we managed our meetings with people before cell phones. I'm so spoiled, I'll even call a person I went to the store with if I can't find them in the store (if it's a big store . . . I'm not THAT bad at finding people :)

Halcyon said...

I do not have any particular feeling for or against Champion. But it is nice of them to decorate for the season.

Halcyon said...

PS: Is the Grand Siecle that huge shopping center in Versailles? I remember there was a giant "centre commercial" in Versailles during my student days. It was the biggest I've ever seen in France anyway.

Bergson said...

pas sur que son altesse royale vienne y faire ces courses

cieldequimper said...

@ Halcyon : il n'y a pas de centre commercial à proprement parler à Versailles mais il y deux immenses shopping malls à proximité immédiate : Vélizy 2 à Vélizy et Parly 2 au Chesnay. J'imagine que c'est plutôt à ça que tu penses !

Vogon Poet said...

@ ciel - I am not a pc guy and was not alone walking away that day... She was not stressed, only lazy and despondent.

Dina said...

If you have a palace like that, it should be "frescoed" everywhere!