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Bonne annee - 2

Happy New Year 2015

    Just like pretty much every other year, let me wish you a very Happy New Year 2015 with a century old French postcard. I still have quite a few in stock, apparently postcards were pretty popular at the turn of the 20th Century...

Gibbon - 2


    Gibbon in the Beauval Zoo.        


Farewell to Middle-Earth?

  Strange feeling right now. A bit of a similar feeling from what I experienced after watching the Return of the King, but older (wiser?) and a bit sadder. I’ve just returned from watching the Battle of the Five Armies, and this is really like...

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...


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,...