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The Days when Paris Billboards were Humped Around by Promenading Camels

The Days when Paris Billboards were Humped Around by Promenading Camels

Paris street furniture has changed dramatically over the centuries and today’s hoardings are sophisticated digital advertising channels; but there once was a time when promenading bill-board camels were all the rage. Here Toronto writer Philippa Campsie of the Parisian Fields blog provides a fascinating tour de force of this veritable Parisian carnival of the animals […]

The “Raphael of Flowers”: How Despite Photography Botanical Artists Still Thrive

The “Raphael of Flowers”: How Despite Photography Botanical Artists Still Thrive

The skills of the botanical illustrator, at their height in the Regency period (1798 – 1837), live on today despite the ubiquitousness of the camera.…

Love the Summer but Hate the Flies? This Weaponised Wasp could Help Win the War

Love the Summer but Hate the Flies? This Weaponised Wasp could Help Win the War

Could a tiny black wasp defeat that irritating invasion of flies that mars the splendour of summer holidays in the French countryside (and elsewhere)? The common…

Bookies Lay Bets On The Great Cuckoo Migration Marathon, Watch our Chris For Form

Bookies Lay Bets On The Great Cuckoo Migration Marathon, Watch our Chris For Form

Fancy betting on a bird? Well if you move fast enough our feathered friend Chris could net you some tidy winnings — provided you’re happy to…

The Incredible Story Of Cancan – Rebellious Parisian Women Who Danced to Liberty

The Incredible Story Of Cancan – Rebellious Parisian Women Who Danced to Liberty

Cancan, the frothy, exuberant, erotic Parisian extravaganza that has captivated generations of tourists, and since the 1830s been closely associated with fading decadent Montmartre dance…

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Emperor Napoleon – 200 Years on and Waterloo will Be a Fresh Battleground

Emperor Napoleon – 200 Years on and Waterloo will Be a Fresh Battleground

As he was 200 years ago so today Napoleon remains a highly divisive figure: many worship him as…

France Steps Up Fight Against Ivory Trade As Poachers Attack Again in Cameroon

France Steps Up Fight Against Ivory Trade As Poachers Attack Again in Cameroon

Ivory poachers are again active in Boubandjida National Park, in northeast French-speaking Cameroon where in 2012 Sudanese Janjaweed…

Despite Floods and a Tough Season Espelette Harvest Yields 1300 Tonnes of Peppers

Despite Floods and a Tough Season Espelette Harvest Yields 1300 Tonnes of Peppers

Should the price of French Basque Espelette peppers and their dried dark-red derivatives go through the roof this…

Volets, Contrevents, Jalousies – the 101 Terms for the Shutters that Spell Privacy in France

Volets, Contrevents, Jalousies – the 101 Terms for the Shutters that Spell Privacy in France

Others mundanely call them shutters but in France there are many terms for these common features found on facades…

Avignon Festival Dogged by Nude Protest and Other Ongoing Labour Strife

Avignon Festival Dogged by Nude Protest and Other Ongoing Labour Strife

France’s famous annual Festival at Avignon, now in its 1oth day of this season, continues to be dogged by…

From Rachmaninoff to Rock – 50 Decorated Pianos in Paris for 3rd Play Me, I’m Yours Event

From Rachmaninoff to Rock – 50 Decorated Pianos in Paris for 3rd Play Me, I’m Yours Event

For budding concert pianists or wannabe jazz musicians 50 street pianos decorated by artists at a live public workshop,…

In Grasse, Mimosa now in Bloom, is the French Perfume-makers’ Secret Ingredient

In Grasse, Mimosa now in Bloom, is the French Perfume-makers’ Secret Ingredient

Mimosa, French perfume-makers’ secret ingredient (via AFP) Like miniature pompoms bursting with colour and fragrance, mimosa flowers turn…

Do Love Locks Tarnish Paris? Vote

Do Love Locks Tarnish Paris? Vote

Love Locks are either a romantic passion worthy of Paris or an aesthetic eyesore offending good taste. Now…

Saint Remy – The Footsteps of Van Gogh

Saint Remy – The Footsteps of Van Gogh

In the last year of his life and while committed to the Le Monastere Saint Paul de Mausole…

Who Eats What, Where, in France

Who Eats What, Where, in France

Who eats most caviar in France’s 96 mainland départements and where do they consume the least amount of…

Frank Gehry Finally Towering over Arles

Frank Gehry Finally Towering over Arles

It’s taken five frustrating years says writer Bradley Kuett of Provence Ventoux Blog, but finally Arles’ authorities have…

The Napoleonic Elephant and the Tuscan Horse

The Napoleonic Elephant and the Tuscan Horse

But for Spanish insurgents, Place de la Bastille — today the site of an Opera house  — would…

Play it Again Sam … at French Train Stations

Play it Again Sam … at French Train Stations

French railways aims to make your wait for a mainline train as pleasurable as possible judging from its…

Humble Hamburger Conquers Haute Cuisine

Humble Hamburger Conquers Haute Cuisine

Humble hamburger conquers land of haute cuisine (via AFP) Once considered the worst kind of food sin in…

Toulouse – Where Rose is Really Violet

Toulouse – Where Rose is Really Violet

If you thought the humble violet of Eliza Doolittle fame was merely a wonderful deep purple bloom, a…

Quails in Orbit: French Cuisine takes to Space

Quails in Orbit: French Cuisine takes to Space

Quails in orbit: French cuisine aims for the stars (via AFP) It’s your 150th day in space, and…

On the Road in the Gorges du Tarn

On the Road in the Gorges du Tarn

For 500 years scattered settlements in Gorges du Tarn, southern France, punted downstream in flat-bottomed boats for supplies but then came the…

‘Crimes Odieux’ – How Paris Fared in WWl

‘Crimes Odieux’ – How Paris Fared in WWl

Through the ages, Paris has been a battleground in many conflicts, from the Siege and the Commune to the…

“Invasion forces” Repelled at Rodilhan Bullfight

“Invasion forces” Repelled at Rodilhan Bullfight

Efforts by joint American and European animal rights groups to disrupt the traditional annual bullfight in the village…

War and Peace on Corniche des Cévennes

War and Peace on Corniche des Cévennes

In “Travels with a Donkey” Robert Louis Stevenson put the hardy Cévennes on the trail map of a region that…

The Discreet Charm of Elegant Art Deco Paris

The Discreet Charm of Elegant Art Deco Paris

A stunning exhibition of the work of George Barbier at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, inspired Norman…

Pile of EuroCoin Trouble for Chinese Tourists

Pile of EuroCoin Trouble for Chinese Tourists

Next time you trade in your old car without checking it, spare a thought for two innocent Chinese…

French Politics Puts its Boots on the Ground

French Politics Puts its Boots on the Ground

Fifty years on since the 50-Mile Kennedy Walk inspired extreme hikes in the US, Britain, South Africa, Australia…

Bucolic Canal du Midi Must Do Some Work

Bucolic Canal du Midi Must Do Some Work

Moves afoot to boost commercial use of major waterways in France and across Europe — reducing pollution by…

Viva l’Opéra ’13/’14 – Live in Cinemas near You

Viva l’Opéra ’13/’14 – Live in Cinemas near You

Verdi’s Nabucco from La Scala in Milan, part of the 200th anniversary celebrations across Europe this year, will open the UGC…

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