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Art a Toulouse - Velleda au Grand Rond

Veleda in Toulouse’s Grand-Rond

    This statue of prophetess Veleda could be found in the Toulouse Grand-Rond (a giant roundabout as well as a public garden) about 100 years ago. However, I could be wrong, but I think that it was still there the last time I visited...

Azay-le-rideau - 2

Château d’Azay-le-Rideau

    Two views of the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, one of the most famous and most beautiful of the Loire Castles.      

Crystal River swamp - 1

Spanish Moss and more in Crystal River, Florida

  Since I was a kid I was fascinated by Spanish moss. Ok, maybe not “fascinated” but at least intrigued. Actually, at first, I didn’t even think it was real, just something they put in movies to give a creepier atmosphere to the settings or...

Giant Isopod

Giant Isopod

    Giant isopods really look like they’re from another world. But then again, deep sea in indeed another world.    

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha

    Whoops, a month without a post here! To my defense, I’ve been traveling quite a long for the past couple of weeks, mostly in the Kansai area of Japan (that’s the Kyoto, Nara, Osaka area), as well as around home too. As usual,...

Ussat-les-Bains - Avenue Gare

Ussat-les-Bains – Avenue de la Gare

  Another postcard from the small village of Ussat-les-Bains in the Ariège department of France. I have already posted one postcard of the village and more will come. It’s fascinating to see how things can change in one Century. At the time of these postcards,...

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...

Roastbeef

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...

French-Republic-Logo

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.