Talking of roofs, I mentioned in a previous post about aggrandising your house by replacing terracotta tiles with slate as and when you can afford it. In the above photo you will notice a roof where the some of the terracotta tiles have been replaced with modern tiles. At first glance, they could be modern concrete tiles - not usually a good idea, because concrete tiles are heavy, and the roof needs a lot more structure to it - but there are a number of places nearby where tiles this shape are made in terracotta. I don't know if these are the terracotta tiles, but I hope so...
There is a fine example of the "replacing tiles with slate because tiles are for poor people" syndrome at the bottom of the rue des Pavillons. Facing the Abbaye it's all
This is an interesting example of conspicuous consumption - The slate on roofs last 100 years at most, whereas terracotta roofs seem to go on forever.
ps The blog will be offline for about 5 minutes tomorrow morning.