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01/23/2020

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Jane Williamson

Not rond-points, but enamel road signs on our little lane which has only four houses.
Slow down on two of the roads leading out of our hameau, which is a dead-end.

Doris Wolfe

Very fun. Merci for sharing. 👍

Rebecca Brovont

I live in Mt.Pleasant just over the Ravenel Bridge from Charleston. The road I live on has 4 round abouts but none as fanciful as those you pictured. They are a great invention, I just wish my fellow Americans would learn how they work! Regarding movies, I have just seen four: Knives Out, Little Women, Bombshell, and Just Mercy. All were excellent in their own way. And I also can recommend Ann Patchett’s new book: The Dutch House. Love your blog; today it came just one day after I Skyped with my dear French friends who live outside of Lunay near Vendome.

Marcia

There are indeed round abouts in almost every US city or town now. It has indeed been adopted here.

Rachel Matthews

There are more and more roundabouts popping up in Austin (TX US) these days. I figure it must be an attempt to make incoming New Englanders feel at home. 😉

Libby Wilkie

Oh, those French rond-points! Yes, they are wonderful, but when you don't know where you are going (next town etc) they are awful! Someone is invariably tailing me which of course makes it all that much worse. We have a few new ones around Chapel Hill and they are wonderful. Now that we go to England all the time (daughter lives there) I know, for sure, that I will never, ever attempt to drive there! Instant suicide for all, I am sure....

Christine Webb-Curtis

New England has many more rond-points than California and the rest of the US. And in California, drivers are often baffled. I agree they’re a wonderful invention and would save a lot of congestion in the US. They say a lot about the city/town where they’re located. And when we were in the Southwest (north of Bayonne) for a long stay, I marveled at the care of the plantings in remote areas far from the cities. I miss them when we’re home and always look forward to them when in France.

On the other hand, you might think of doing a piece on what seems like needless and sometimes mystifying complication in routing traffic from from ones destination in an effort to minimize access to any commercial centers.

It’s always a pleasure to receive your posts. Keep them coming, Lynn.

PJ

I'm very surprised to hear anyone thinks roundabouts are wonderful. In my experience (on the east coast in the U.S.), they don't work well because most drivers don't fully understand how to use them so they slow down or stop or hesitate their way through them, causing extreme frustration to the drivers behind them. I've even witnessed fender benders due to this. I'd love to come to France and experience them with drivers who get it. But the one in Paris...enter at your own risk? Maybe I'd become a hesitant driver there myself!

Frank

Thanks for posting there. As Barb and I drive around France we have always been fascinated by the variety of the decorations and the creative spirit that brings them to fruition. We are, however, frustrated by the fact that there is rarely a place to park to get a good picture without risking life and limb. The ones you have posted either do not have that problem or were photographed by what what we have come to call the "orbit method." We circle and circle until Barb gets the shot.
A few communities here in the Northwest are starting to build roundabouts. I do wish they would do more of them. It seems like reverting to a primitive lifestyle when we return from France. Roundabouts make so much sense. Each year when we return to France we find intersections that have been or are in the process of being turned into roundabouts. Vive le rond point!

Augusta Elmwood

Libbie is right, the rond-points are wonderful, IF you know where you're going. The drawback is there are no safe places to pull off to check your Michelin or your Garmin/Tom-Tom, and you have to drive alllll the way to the next one to recoup your loss, if you make the wrong turn! I love them anyway, although, at busy times of the day, traffic can indeed back up and make it slow going (in more populated areas). They still are a more practical, orderly, disciplined way of controlling traffic. We've had one for many decades in Metairie, LA, and the only other one in the area until recently, is a pretty, three-way one in Lower Coast Algiers. Fortunately, they are becoming more prevalent!

Natalia

I honestly am not a big fan of the roundabouts
here--primarily because people aren't always versed in how to navigate them.Too many times it ends up a swearing,tooting,confrontation,complete with that universal sign made with one's third finger!!
My goodness,French ronds-points are a delight!!
I have a new and very different book to suggest:
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.Have heard of her and her other work(s) before,but this is the first--and certainly not the last one--I will enjoy!
A page turner!!

Suzanne Hurst

The only round-abouts I am familiar with at all are those in Boston, and my memory is that they caused my sweet, mild-mannered cousin to swear like a sailor. LOL. In Louisville, we have, I believe only one, near the University. I avoid it. However, I LOVE the photos. Leave it to the French to make everything beautiful.
I haven't seen it yet, but am looking forward to "Little Women."

Mary Anne MacMorran

I noticed the comment from Marcia regarding roundabouts in Austin. More and more of these wonderful inventions are being constructed in south Austin, however, they are strictly utilitarian as no attempts have been made to beautify them. Any such attempts would more than likely be thwarted by are hot and dry summers.

Michaela Rodeno

Napa is finally getting some round-abouts! Half the population is terrified, and the rest are thrilled. One has been partially open for a month already, without a single car accident. So far, so good. Next: beautification? Thanks for sharing some lovely ideas to emulate.

Linda Farrar

I love the French roundabouts, they are so creative and beautifully maintained. It really brightens up the space and makes you feel welcome. I just wish they would do the same with the roundabouts in England!

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