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The Lady and the Unicorn

Inside the Cluny Museum

  The Cluny Museum aka Musée National du Moyen-Âge (Middle Ages National Museum) is one of the most interesting museums in Paris, even though many foreign tourists seem to ignore its existence.     It houses, among other things, what is probably the most beautiful...

Miami Bayside

Miami

  Fun fact: I live in Florida for 5 years, from 2000 to 2005. During those five years, I spent a grand total of four or five hours in Miami! (that’s for the people who think Florida is Miami or vice-versa). Out of these 4-5...

French Raw Oysters - 1

French Raw Oysters

    Ah oysters! Or should I underline raw oysters? One of my favorite dish on this planet. One of the dishes I miss the most when I’m not in France (why are oysters so common in Japan, but raw oysters so rare?). The dish...

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Okapi

    An okapi chilling in Beauval Zoo.     Okapis are some of the strangest mammals I have ever seen.     By the way, don’t let the stripes fool you, they are related to giraffes, not zebras.      

Kyoto Station - 1

Kyoto Station

  Despite all of its amazing temples, one of the most impressive – if not the most impressive – buildings in Kyoto is its station! The current Kyoto Station opened in 1997 and with 15 stories and 70 meters high, and 470 meters long, a...

saint-quentin hyene prussienne

Saint-Quentin 1914-1915

    The sub-title says “the Prussian Hyena is hiding in Saint-Quentin.” An interesting propaganda postcard dating probably from 1915. To give you some historical background, Saint-Quentin is a small city from the northern part of France and it was occupied early on by German forces...

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Stravinsky Fountain in Paris

  I’ve just found these old pictures on my hard drive. They’re small, not great quality, but I thought they may interest you. You will have recognized the Stravinsky Fountain in Paris by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle.          ...

Giraffe

Giraffe

    Am I the only one who thinks that giraffes are some very weird looking – albeit fascinating – animals?    

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Inside the Galeries Lafayette in Paris

  Today, I want to allude to a major misconception foreign visitors of Paris often have: that most Parisians shop at the Galeries Lafayette. While it’s true that in other cities and towns of France, people do shop there more or less regularly (yes, I...

Beauville - Church Tower

Beauville – the Church Bell Tower

    Beauville is a small village in Lot-et-Garonne. While the St-Jacques Church dates from the 13th Century, its bell tower is more recent (16th Century). As it wasn’t uncommon in the area and at the time, its function was obviously religious, but also military,...

Henri IV Castle in Nerac

Nérac Castle

    The Nérac Castle is located in the town of Nérac, in the Lot-et-Garonne department (in the Aquitaine region). It was built between the 14th and 16th Centuries, and was destroyed in large parts during the French Revolution.     It belonged to the...