Most of the summer of 2011 in Paris and its neighbouring cities in northern Europe had been abnormally soggy what with the large amount of rainfall that poured almost every other week. This has naturally upset the holiday plans of those who have chosen to remain at home rather than joining the exodus of the vast majority of the population towards the dryer and warmer climes of the Mediterranean.
As a result of this wet scenario, the sale of umbrellas definitely have risen to its all-time high.
True, it may only be an insignificant piece of possession but depending on who is using it and how it is being used, it could well be one of the most photogenic subjects.
Hence, I chose this Monday’s theme, the most used but the less talked about, the Umbrella.
The umbrella adds romance to a gloomy scene, especially if it is given a lively colour!
This artwork seen displayed in Place du Tertre, Paris
Trivial? I don’t think so. It actually symbolizes the weather of a powerful nation: Great Britain.
It exudes a certain chicness, when translated in French.
And whether it rains or not, every mid-July to mid-August, the umbrella is a permanent fixture in the annual Paris Plage
Quai de Seine, Paris
“Rain, rain…. come to us, Jacques and Jill, are so much in love..”
Castle District, Prague
Not even rain can stop a shopaholic wife.
Off Avenue Montagne, Paris
An umbrella can feed a hungry stomach.
An Immigrant (not seen on the photo) selling his wares in Patras, Greece
It provided relief from the 2007 heatwave in Greece.
An umbrella – or a twin – can well be an effective fashion statement!
Castle district, Prague
It’s raining, it’s pouring…but the scene is still quite photogenic!
Frankfurt Main Train Station, Germany
I’ve always dreamed of owning one like this! It’s perfect for gardening!
An innovative approach to selling German bratwurst.
An umbrella is a tourist guide’s best friend.
If not in used, tt could be an exotic decoration, when grouped with the others.
A Thai restaurant, Nottinghill, England
A surefire way to raise the value of an umbrella is to make it into an art medium.
A souvenir shop in Vienna, Austria