more thoughts from france...

A couple notable things to look for when visiting France (or maybe all of Europe)

Trees…

Trees have been planted perfectly lined up along roads. In some wooded areas they are planted in a triangular pattern – but again, all in line...like Napoleon’s soldiers (!)
Trees are severely pruned or trimmed down to where they look like the arthritic hands of an old woman. This is mainly done in villages, along streets and in public areas. However, you see this done on private property as well. This practice is called Pollarding.

Carrefour…

This is a grocery store in France that has a Red, White and Blue logo. For years, I’ve looked at this logo as two arrows pointing in opposite directions. My sister always thought it was a fleur-de-lis on its side.

This trip, as we were driving through village after village, I took a good look at this logo many times and finally figured out what it is…at least it’s what I think it is. Can you guess?







It’s a “C”…for Carrefour! Many in my husbands family also didn't realize what it was. There were one or two that were like "it's a C", but others were just as surprised at our discovery as we were.

Comments

dynochick (Jan) said…
I hate several Dutch oil paintings that show trees severely pruned.

They look great when they have leaves but when they are bare, that's a whole other thing.
Charisa said…
So interesting that people see different things. The first thing that I saw was a "C" too.

FedEx works with negative space too. (In their logo) Notice that the space between the E and the X. When pushed together it makes an arrow.
baby sister said…
I just looked up FedEX to see what you meant - and it took a few seconds, but yep, I see the arrow.

Do you know if that was on purpose or if it was just a coincidence?
Charisa said…
I'm not sure. I just remember a prof. back in college using it as an example of design in an early art graphics class.

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