When visiting new places, I seem to pick up on little things. So walking around town I began to notice what I later learned were mud scrapers next to the entrances of many older buildings. Called décrottoirs in French, they come in a variety of styles, and I spent the last couple of days taking pictures (and a getting a few strange looks along the way) whenever I encountered an interesting one.
But now (unlike 100 – 200 years ago) the streets are paved and mud isn’t really an issue. So they’re often neglected or removed. But I think that’s short-sited, as while mud is not a problem…dog poop certainly is! Yes, really, the French are famous for just leaving it on the streets and sidewalks (I’ll spare you a picture). And you learn quickly to watch where you step, but it’s inevitable, there’s always a pile with your name on it. So voilá as they say, what a perfect way to deal with it …dépooptoirs.
Okay, that’s enough.