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The 2013 Tour Paris 13 Contemporary Art Experience

I fished the following pictures of the Paris 13 th district out of my archive. In October 2013, street artists from all over the world were asked to decorate 36 apartments in a 1960s block of flats due to be demolished in the 13th district of Paris. Immediately after that, Real Estate developers replaced this graceless building with another even more graceless modern glass and concrete shoebox. Nearly 10 years later, I decided to revive this old blog post with […]

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Yann Gourvennec photography

My least-hated favourite pictures on Flickr

Beauty, it is said, is in the eyes of the beholder. I started collecting a list of my favourite most liked pictures on Flickr and the result is not what I was expecting. When I compare it to my own favourite list of pictures on my Flickr profile page, I realise they are completely different. A list of my most-liked photos on Flickr – Yann Gourvennec photography There is a saying according to which, it’s every man to it tastes. When I […]

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romanesque churches

Romanesque churches in Saint Bertrand de Comminges

Romanesque churches are ubiquitous in the Pyrenees. Here a few pictures from Saint Bertrand de Comminges a bit further from the Ariège in the piedmont. Romanesque churches in Saint Bertrand de Comminges Two Romanesque churches for the price of one There are two main Romanesque churches in Saint Bertrand de Comminges. Here’s the main one seen from Saint-Just de Valcabrère (the old mediaeval church). As the tourist office states, Romanesque churches also include some gothic elements. The ancient city, then home to the exile […]

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Wind turbines, cement, plastics, steel and the Industrial Age

Wind turbines are often the subject of heated discussions between those in favour and those against. I do not particularly want to jump into that debate but I thought that spending a bit of time trying to understand how things really work might be useful to me and maybe some of my readers. Wind Turbines and the Industrial Age This is an account of our latest visit to Le Havre and its harbour, last July 3 years after our 2019 […]

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36 views of the Eiffel Tower

36 views of the Eiffel Tower minus a few

The 36 views of the Eiffel Tower is a series of wooden engravings. Well-famed engraver Henri Rivière sketched and printed them in the 19th century. These pictures show various areas of the French capital from which one could catch a glimpse of the famous iron lady. Above picture: from the pont Mirabeau and its beautiful 1910 steel railings. 36 Views of the Eiffel Tower Henri Rivière, a lover of Japanese prints, was inspired by the most famous of the Japanese […]

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Château de Terride in Mirepoix

When preparing this post, I researched Château de Terride in duck duck go. I realised that quite a few châteaux in the south-west of France bear that name. It’s a shame, because this particular château is in no way like all the others I have found on the Internet. Château de Terride in Mirepoix Château de Terride is quite derelict. As I researched its history, I discovered that French TV celebrity Stephane Bern had launched an initiative with the Ministry of Culture. […]

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The Sphinx of Bagatelle

Bagatelle is a chateau well hidden in the Bois de Boulogne where you can find flowers and especially roses, gardens and the Sphinx of Bagatelle. The sphinx of bagatelle is a novel by Romanian Princess Marthe Bibesco (aka Martha Bibescu). The book is a bit hard to find, though. Etonians might get it from the school’s library. It can also be bought from AbeBooks. The original French version doesn’t seem to have survived the test of time. “In 1775, the Count […]

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Clematis

Clematis

The Clematis, amongst the flowers of Bagatelle, are my favourites. Here are my two best macro shots. There are approximately 300 species of that flower, which is part of ‘the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae’. Clematis – Bagatelle – Paris – May 2022 ‘Their garden hybrids have been popular amongst gardeners, [3] beginning with Clematis × jackmanii, a garden standby since 1862; more hybrid cultivars are being produced constantly. They are mainly of Chinese and Japanese origin. Most of us know these species as clematis in […]

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Bollards bollards everywhere

Our streets are teeming with bollards.Not so long ago we went to Pau in the South-West of France. As I was taking pictures, I noticed that bollards had multiplied since our last visit, 7 years ago. What is a bollard anyway? I had to go to good old Wikipedia to find out. Here is the definition. A bollard is a sturdy, short, vertical post. The term originally referred to a post on a ship or quay used principally for mooring […]

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Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms in Spring and Autumn

Cherry blossoms in spring don’t come as a surprise. Cherry blossoms in autumn are a very different kettle of fish, or flowers for that matter. I suppose that only a few years back, before Covid-19 struck, taking pictures of Cherry Blossoms would have sounded naf and awfully deja vu. As it happens, many people flock to Korea or Japan to see these Cherry Blossoms but Flyskam makes all this impossible. IPCC tells us a major catastrophe is just around the corner, […]

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