Signs of the City: Paris
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Take a look at this nostalgic sign from when the Paris Metro first opened in 1900 for the World's Fair. Today it is the second busiest train system in the world. The official name is Compagnie du chemin de fer metropolitain de Paris. Try saying that fast a couple times.
This sign advises that pedestrian traffic isn't allowed in the area.
Your trip to Paris isn't complete without seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral.
This Champs-Élysées Avenue sign is perfect for shopping aficionados. It's a clear indication that Paris' strip of boutiques and commercial stores, including Nike and Haagen Dazs, are just a few feet ahead.
Special crosswalk devices are set up to help visually impaired pedestrians. These systems often include audible cues to help the visually impaired know when it's safe to enter the crosswalk.
Here's another retro Metro sign, which marks an entrance and exit to the labyrinthine Parisian train lines.
As a word of caution or interest, if you're strolling through Paris' infamous red-light district or the Pigalle neighborhood, you'll see several signs like this one.
No bikes, motorcycles or mopeds are allowed near the Eiffel Tower, one of Paris's biggest tourist attractions.
Cross the street with caution! Hundreds of cars race through Place Charles de Gaulle aka Place de l'Etoile, a traffic circle and meeting point for 12 avenues, including the Champs-Élysées.
This traffic sign has a universal message no matter where you're traveling around the world. It's a tow-away zone in Paris; so, make sure you avoid parking nearby.
This "jour et nuit" (day and night) sign simply means there's no parking, day or night.
Get your can-can on at the world-famous Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris. It's located in Pigalle, the red-light district of Paris.
This 1930s-style neon sign marks the location of the well-known Duluc Detective Agency on the Rue de Louvre.