It’s the City’s oldest and a brilliant piece of watchmaking at the corner of the Conciergerie in the heart of Paris. I read on that page that it was 47-metre long but it’s hard for me to figure out. This must be a typo. Anyway, I agree with them, one can pass by it without noticing it. And so I did for many years, whizzing past it on my Brompton. This clock was “[…] commissioned by King Charles V in 1370 and […]
We spent our winter vacation lockdown in Normandy. The weather was so cold, wet and windy that it was barely bearable. Despite the sub-zero temperature, I was able to press the shutter button through my mitts… Well, it wasn’t that bad, but it really was bitterly cold. The weather was changing and unpredictable, yet conducive to beautiful mottled skies like this one.
The anti museum needed a new logo and this is why. As I am thinking about my new project I have begun to redesign this blog. This is only step one, but soon I will install a new template for antimuseum.com. It will cease to be a blog and will be promoted to a website. The blog will still be visible on the website and I will continue to update it regularly. I will even post more and more content […]
Goodbye 2020 2020 has been a hell of a ride. Let us say we were in December 2019 and you would stand in front of me and tell me that a bugger has bought fish or armadillo (or pangolin for that matter) from a market in Wuhan, China (the existence of which I was completely unaware at the time), then that the whole world will go on vacation one country at a time, that people will drop like flies in […]
Milestones or Guard Stones in Versailles At first, I thought these milestones might have been installed for dogs to relieve themselves. Which they undoubtedly seem to be doing, with their masters’ blessing, I’m sure. On second thought I realised they might not be milestones at all but protective stones to avoid the pillars (there is a flat upstairs) to be damaged by horse-drawn or man-drawn carts. Many of such stones can be seen in mediaeval cities like Provins, a formerly […]
There is something weird happening with my Flickr account and pictures. Sometimes I post pictures I deem rather successful and yet they attract few eyeballs and get no kudos. At other times, I post OK pictures like the one above after much hesitation — should I post it or should I not? — and there we go, likes keep flowing in. Why so? OK, this little townhouse in Versailles may mean something to me and it’s even somewhat interesting but […]