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Ordino Pass 3 - Casamanya Peak

Casamanya Peak from Ordino Pass in Andorra

    The Casamanya Peak seen from the Ordino Pass in Andorra. Probably not the most beautiful picture, but for some reason, I really like it, probably because it feels a little abstract, as if it was just four colors laid more or less randomly...


Why do the French hate the British so much?

  (asked by Ravi from the UK) Hello, I can’t understand why the French, especially those in Paris hate the British so much. Despite the historical wars of CENTURIES ago, we have been through so much together, especially during the World Wars. We have worked...

Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle - 2

My newest pet: the Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle

    This is a Japanese rhinoceros beetle (Allomyrina dichotoma or Trypoxylus dichotomus in Latin – yes, it has two names, unless I misunderstood something and Kabutomushi in Japanese). And it is indeed my newest pet. See, I’m not allowed big pets in my apartment,...

Memory Bottle on Ogijima - 2

Memory Bottles on Ogijima, Japan

    This is Memory Bottles (記憶のボトル) by Mayumi Kuri. The installation is located on the small island of Ogijima in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan, and is part of Art Setouchi, the permanent art linked to the Setouchi Triennale (aka Setouchi International Art...


How to deal with the French bureaucracy?

  (asked by Emma) Is there a specific strategy to deal with secretaries and administrators in France? I feel that they often take a dislike to me. They will be incredibly rude, downright mean, ignore what I’m saying, invent rules, make insulting comments, pretend they...

After the Parade

After the Parade…

    Boulevard St-Germain in Paris after some parade. I forgot whether it was the Gay Pride or the Techno Parade…    

Paris - Louvre and Carrousel circa 1900

Louvre and Carrousel, circa 1900

    If you wonder what the Louvre and especially its Carrousel looked like in the beginning of the 20th Century, wonder no more, here is your answer. Now, don’t start getting all worked up about how it looked so much better back then. First, all...

Vers - Lot 2

Vers, in the Lot

    Vers is an incredibly cute little village in the Lot valley (actually the river is right behind me). There is nothing special to visit there, just a very beautiful village in a very beautiful region that I miss dearly.    

Japanese giant salamander in Kyoto - 1

Japanese Giant Salamander

    Japanese Giant Salamanders, so gross and so cute at the same time.     For more info and pictures about Japanese giant salamanders, click on the link.    

Beynac Castle

Beynac Castle

    Beynac Castle in Dordogne, France (click on the link for more information)    

Made in France Vs Made in Germany

Made in France Vs Made in Germany

    Another fascinating World War One era postcard. Here we’re clearly in the realm of plain and simple propaganda, early 20th Century style. I don’t think I need to translate, but just in case, it says: “Made in France vs Made in Germany –...

Lamps - 1


      I don’t know much about those lamps. I didn’t take the pics, but they were went by my parents. All I know is that it was an art exhibit in Biarritz, France, a little while ago. I just liked the pictures and...

Shakespeare and Company

Shakespeare and Company

    Popularized – among other things – by the movie Before Sunset (that I have yet to see), Shakespeare and Company is one of the most fascinating bookstores in Paris and possibly in France if not beyond. Please note that contrarily to popular belief,...



    Ramelie is a pretty uncommon first name, and it may or may not be the person on the picture. Ramelie wrote a bunch of postcards to my grandfather, but I could never figure out who she was (I assume a cousin).