Friday Fountain Challenge: December

I’m back in Switzerland for this first December fountain. The delightful “Le Vieux Carouge”, with its specific old French-Italian architecture, its abundance of fountains, courtyards, shuttered houses and bohemian vibe, doesn’t feel at all like you are in Geneva.



If you’d like to join in with the fountain challenge then please pop over to Polianthus for the rules

This month is a free for all so if you have a fountain to share I’m sure she would love to see you.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    The first thought that jumped into my head when I saw this fountain was ‘wow – that would be a headache’ 😉

    It is a lovely fountain though!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… yes. I see what you mean 🙂

  2. I wasn’t familiar with the French word carouge so I looked it up. It’s apparently an alternate form of caroube, which is to say carob. Perhaps people had planted carob trees in this place (that Mediterranean species wouldn’t be native in Switzerland). Or maybe Carouge is just a name and has nothing to do with carob.

    1. polianthus says:

      Hi Steve – I love reading comments, yours made me think, I went to the website of the city of Carouge trying to figure out where the name came from. from the site I gather that Carouge derives from the latin for Crossroads, reaching the end of my French I googled in English – apparently during Roman times was known as Quadruvium – place where four roads meet, 1248 was first mentioned as Carrogium..Wikipedia so much faster than reading the French websites – happy fountain watching Poli

      1. Heyjude says:

        Goodness, with the pair of you around I learn something new all the time! I am so happy to have linguists popping in 🙂

      2. Then at least no one could have accused the town of being trivial, a word that arose to describe something as commonplace as three roads meeting.

        1. polianthus says:

          oh I didn’t know that, great, thanks for sharing!

  3. That header swan is spectacular!

    1. Heyjude says:

      And this time I think it IS a swan and not one of those horrible basilisks!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Have you always collected fountains?

    1. Heyjude says:

      It does appear that way doesn’t it? But no, probably only since I started visiting Europe during the last decade.

  5. Robyn Haynes says:

    Our native Aussie swans are black like the one in this fountain. They have ruffled wing feathers that remind me of taffeta. I love your fountain collection.

  6. restlessjo says:

    Ooh, he looks to have a mean hiss! But I like him 🙂 Great header, Jude.

  7. polianthus says:

    Hiya Jude – this one would be a good friend for white BoPeep with the teapot 🙂 – looks like it was taken on the French Riviera not in Switzerland at all..

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not as ostentatious as Bo Peep though!

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