Shuttered shop

Everything shuts on May Day in Lyon. Workers really do put their feet up and spend the day with their families.  Public transport stops, museums are shut and so are most of the shops.   Shuttered shops greet you round every corner.  This herbalist right next door to the Cathedral caught my eye.  Maybe there would have been stocked with romantic old apothecaries bottles or less romantically with artfully arranged pyramids of lotions and potions.   Whatever was on offer to buy, if the shop had been open I would not have seen the beautiful blue  shutters.



  1. May 21, 2017 / 12:12 am

    I do love the French shutters, there really is no doubting that one is shut. I didn’t realise May Day was such a big thing in France.

  2. May 21, 2017 / 12:17 am

    Good for them….It would be nice if Bank holidays were like that too here.

    • Catherine
      May 21, 2017 / 9:29 am

      *sighs nostalgically and think thinks of Sunday’s and Bank Holidays in the 70’s*

  3. May 21, 2017 / 12:43 am

    Looks like a wonderful little shop!
    Love ones that stay as they have been!

  4. May 21, 2017 / 12:43 am

    An interesting shot. Great shutters, but now I’d like to see what’s behind them 😀

    • Catherine
      May 21, 2017 / 9:31 am

      I didn’t think about what lay behind the shutters until I came to write the post and now I have a whole story about the place and it’s people in my head. Look out for “The Blue Shuttered Shop” in a bookshop near you soon!

  5. May 21, 2017 / 6:07 am

    That’s a good way of looking at it. I love the shutters. I hope you found something to do with your day though 🙂 #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      May 21, 2017 / 9:27 am

      We wandered round the old town and then had a loooong lunch in one of the few restaurants that was open!

  6. May 21, 2017 / 6:31 am

    You make it sound a little like something you might find in Diagon Alley in one of the Harry Potter books! Great photo and the french are good at looking after their heritage like this (although sometimes guilty of building dreadful, modern buildings!). Hope you enjoyed Lyon. #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine
      May 21, 2017 / 9:28 am

      We loved Lyon ….. more about our travels soon

  7. May 21, 2017 / 8:27 am

    I love the sound of that, I kind of wish we did that in the UK too

    Thank you for linking up

  8. May 21, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Ah I wish everything shut on bank holidays here, would be a lot less stressful

  9. May 21, 2017 / 10:49 am

    What beautiful colours. I am still getting used to everything being open on a Sunday now we are back in the UK for a while! 😀 #sundayphoto

    • Catherine
      May 21, 2017 / 11:24 am

      It still surprises me, says she siting in Boots opticians on a Sunday

  10. May 21, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I really do love the old shutters and it is refreshing to see that places do still close down. It is a shame other places don’t take their lead x

  11. May 22, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Oh I love everything about this, the style and that gorgeous powder blue has to be my favourite colour ever x

  12. May 26, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Hi Catherine, you’re right we don’t often get to see the ‘beauty’ of old shops shut up. I hope it does have lovely old apothecary bottles on display, it’s a shame you didn’t get to see it open.


    • Catherine
      May 26, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      But in my imagination the display is beautiful!

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