Street name use began in Paris in the 14th century. At first written on canvas and hung off buildings, then followed much later in 1761 by the now famous blue enamel plates. Before the numbering system came along, the only way to locate a home or business was exclusively by its street name. The “Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche” (“Street of the Cat that Fishes”) is the narrowest street in Paris (1,80 meters – about 6’ft), and one of the oldest.
Friday Fun Facts – Did you know? No one ever danced on the Pont d’Avignon (more precisely the Saint-Benezet Bridge) as the song claims, but under it… In the middle ages, the bridge traversed an island called “Isle de la Barthelasse” where guingettes (party boats) used to dock under the arches.