The bollard cafe.
This is more a 'funny' than a tip!
My friend and I were sitting outside this cafe- watching the world go by, whilst having a delicious coffee.
The road was closed to traffic, except for certain authorised vehicles.
At the end, nearest the cafe, was a large bollard in the middle of the roadway.
We noticed, after a while, that the bollard automatically sunk into the ground at the approach of one of these authorised vehicles. There was obviously some sort of remote control which allowed this to happen, to give the vehicle access to the road.
On one occassion, when we were 'people watching', a gentleman decided to rest on the bollard, whilst waiting for his wife, who was in the shop across the road.
He was perched on it, looking at his newspaper, when- suddenly- the bollard sank into the ground, knocking him off his perch!
His face was a picture. We had to stifle our giggles, as he looked round, perplexed and rather undignified!
We, of course, had expected what happened- he did not!
That cafe became our regular haunt and amusement. If we were separated and had to meet up later we always arranged to meet at the "Bollard Cafe'.
Each time, thereafter, when we were seated there we had the excitement of watching , those who didn't know of the consequences, , perch on the bollard!
It was a wonderful piece of serendipity that one is lucky enough to experience sometimes.
I found this beautiful bar-tabac near the market, way up the hill and away from the main streets.
A real locals' bar.
You could smell the garlic from their saucisson they had bought at the market, earlier, mixing with the gorgeous whiff of strong coffee and french bread.
Fiddling fishermen! Sete
These chaps spend hours, sorting out their tangled nets, ready for their next fishing trip, chatting about their successful catches- and the ones that got away!
I was really envious of this relaxed life style.The older people sit and chat in the little parks or at the canal-side cafes, just watching the goings- on of the town.
23, 24, 25 and 27 Quai Noël Guignon
Photo 1. At 23 quai Noël Guignon stands a1910-1920 neo-classical building. I have not got any information about it.
Photo 2. Next door, at 24 an 25 quai Noël Guignon stand two houses that looks a bit older (1880-1890). No information about them neither.
Photo 3. At 27 quai Noël Guignon stands another turn of the century building. No information about it neither.
Door knockers and other unusual street furniture.
I love walking around a new place and photographing unusual things that catch my eye.
One day, in France, in Sete, I spotted another of 'my' door knockers and the name on the brass plate on the house, was, "Mme DIANA"!
A nice serendipity moment. The lady herself came out of the house as I was photographing it and we laughed together at the coincidence:-)