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    Shadows (Awashima, Japan – October 2014)      

What is this?

What is this?

  Today, let’s play a little game. Can you guess what this is?       Post your answers in the comments.    

Henri d'Orléans Comte de Paris

What’s the deal with aristocracy in France?

  (asked by Anne from DC and – probably- currently in France) The other day when I was visiting a friend in Paris, I noticed that one of the names listed on the interphone in her building was the Comtesse de Something (I can’t remember what)....

Chateau de Montfort in Vitrac - 2

Château de Montfort in Vitrac

    I don’t know much about the Château de Montfort, except that it is located in the village of Vitrac, in the Dordogne department. It is first mentioned in the year 866, and it has seen many battles in the Middle-Ages, and was razed and...

Avignon - Porte de la Republique

Avignon – Porte de la République

  Avignon – Porte de la République – City entrance and Boulevard St-Roch.   As you can see on Google Maps, the walls are still there, but everything else has greatly changed.    



    If you want to see koalas up close and personal, and you don’t live in Australia, but in Europe, may I suggest the Beauval zoo?      

Abstract Art - August 21 2015

Abstract Doodle

      Just an abstract doodle… a collaboration between my daughter and my wife. It’s nothing (in every possible meaning of the term) but I like it.      

Monument aux Girondins - 2

Monument aux Girondins in Bordeaux

    The Monument aux Girondins (also know as the Colonne des Girondins) is one of the landmarks of the city of Bordeaux. Located on the western end of the Place des Quinconces, it stands at 54 meters high. It was built between 1894 and 1902...



  Teishoku? What’s that? For starters, in case you’re unsure, it reads  “tay-shoh-kooh” and it is a basic Japanese meal with several dishes. You can eat teishoku in some restaurants, as well as at home, if the person doing the cooking is in the mood to...

Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse in Carcassonne - 5

Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse in Carcassonne

  When you visit the medieval city of Carcassonne, you can see the Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse.     Founded in 1096 on the grounds of an earlier church that may date from as far as the 6th Century. Finished in the...

Foreign Legion

The Foreign Legion

    I stumbled upon them one day in the Invalides, back when I still lived in Paris. If I recall properly, it was around Bastille Day (on July 13th probably) and they were attending a retirement ceremony from one of the heads of the...

Moellenkampi Beetle

Moellenkampi Beetle

  Here is my newest acquisition:     Unless I’m wrong, it’s a Moellenkampi Beetle (Chalcosoma moellenkampi). It comes from Malaysia and it’s pretty impressive. I had bought a female too, hoping to try to breed them, but unfortunately she died, not sure why. Oh...

White ramen

White Ramen or Black Ramen

  When I lived in the US (and I assume for most American people) the word “ramen” meant very cheap, not necessarily healthy, but very easy to prepare noodles. Just like many college students it was a very important part of my diet for those...

Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle

Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle

  What nightmares are made of?   No, this is not an alien ready to invade our planet. Just a Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle…    

Tuileries Garden in the Fall

Tuileries Garden in the Fall

    Just like many other “gardens” in Paris, the Tuileries Garden seriously lacks green spaces (it has some, just not a lot). However, in the Fall, it’s a nice place to have a stroll.