Every day I see flyers stuck under windshield wipers in cars parked along the street. I don't know why, but I've been collecting them for over a year now. A slice of Paris life.

I have no knowledge of or vested interest in the establishments advertised in these flyers.

If you see a bona fide Paris windshield advertising flyer and would like to have it posted here, submit the scanned version to me at pollyvousfrancais [at] yahoo [dot] com and I'll do my best to include it. With attribution, of course!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A First

I've seen hundreds of flyers under Paris windshield wipers. This is the first round one.

It figures they'd get around to it sooner or later.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


It would be nice, I think, to have all cars named Monet, Degas, Da Vinci, Botticelli... the possiblities are endless.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Gratuit, of course, means "free" or "given." I like to think of all the other words that come from the Latin gratis: gratuity, gratuitous, congratulations, ingrate.
Not the same as libre, which means "free" as in available or unconstrained: as in liberty, liberate, and so forth.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Music lessons at home. Better tell the neighbors first.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Puss in Boots

Perrault's fairy tale "Le Chat Botté" is better known in English as "Puss in Boots." Helpful when trying to understand this flyer.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Pare-Brise de la Semaine?

Pardon while the posts and flyers become less frequent -- it's bait-and-switch to call this Pare-Brise du Jour and not post anything for a week.

Check out Polly-Vous Francais? for another flyer.

I love the word pneu. Think of pneumatic drills, pneumonia, and the etymology suddenly becomes crystal-clear.