A to Cray-Z 2017 –
All about the week that I nearly drove my husband crazy. In Paris.
Last October, my husband and I spent a month in France. Nine of those days we spent in Paris. We sought out a street in Paris for every letter of the alphabet, and we set foot in every arrondissement de Paris. This is not for the faint of heart. Or anyone who fears lots of walking. Or stairs. Or trop de baguettes. Or le Métro.
Ça veut dire — Do not try this at home, folks.
Alors, mes chers lecteurs…have you been to Paris? Have you walked on this street? Does this street make you dream or think of a story? Tell me in the comments!
French verb for this street: kilométrer
Il a loué une machine qui peut l’aider à kilométrer sa terre avant qu’il commence à construire sa nouvelle maison.
K is for Kiloutou
Rue : Rue Sedaine
Arrondissement : 11e
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
Ok, this isn’t really a street. It’s a store. To be honest, there are some streets in Paris that begin with “K” but I didn’t find the one I was looking for, in the 11e arrondissement, and then, we simply ran out of time to chase one down. The obvious choice would have been Rue Kléber, in the 16e, near the Arc de Triomphe, tant pis. In any case, I did at least take a “K” picture in Paris.
What’s in a name?
I ultimately chose this one because the “K” was very big, and because it is a jeu de mot, typiquement français. The French love to make puns and wordplays. The name of this store, “Kiloutou” is pronounced the same way that one would pronouce the words “Qui loue tout”, which translates to “who rents everything.” And that is what they do. They rent stuff. Everything from construction equipment to wedding tents. So there you go.
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