16 May 2010

Grande rue

I never realized that my little 50 mm prime lens could produce such perfect 14-point sunstars until I saw this image on my computer screen. Click on the picture to see a larger image.

This is our street, Grande rue de la Croix Rousse. Someone once remarked, perhaps accurately, that it's a slightly pompous name for such a little, one-lane street. 

                                  Same street, but from above.

An April evening. The beige and salmon-colored buildings across the street seen through an ornate window grill.

It's been a long winter and unusually cool spring. I think everyone is looking forward to sunflower-weather again soon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"La Grande rue" is the equivalent of "High Street" in Britain. It originally meant that it was the main street of the village/town, rather than referring to size or indeed height. This was true in our case (I also live in la Grande rue), when Croix Rousse was a separate village.

Also, for centuries la Grande rue was the main thoroughfare to the main entrance to Lyon from the north, in the days when there was a wall between the Croix Rousse and Lyon. The wall was where the "boulevard de la Croix Rousse" is now; the irregular squares along its length are where the garrisons were. The gate allowing access into Lyon was where the entrance to the metro on the "place" now is. The other side, going down into Lyon is la rue des Pierres Plantées. 'Planted stones' stick up into the road so that, in the days before brakes, people could rest their carts against them to stop them rolling down the hill! The wall was taken down when Croix Rousse became part of Lyon 150 years ago (although some of us still refer to 'going to Lyon' from Croix Rousse...).

La Grande rue was lined with hostelries where people could feed and water themselves and their horses. Some of the present buildings date from that time; none of the buildings in the street were "Canut" buildings, built for silk workers; these were built later.