romanesque churches
November 6, 2022

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....

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November 5, 2022

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...

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36 views of the Eiffel Tower
October 12, 2022

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...

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October 8, 2022

Chateau de Terride in Mirepoix

When preparing this post, I researched Chateau de Terride in Mirepoix with duck duck go. I realised that quite a few chateaux in the south-west...

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September 18, 2022

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....

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June 19, 2022


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,...

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May 7, 2022

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...

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Cherry Blossoms
April 9, 2022

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...

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February 19, 2022

Val de Grâce: a Saving Grace

The Val-de-Grâce church is much of a saving grace in its neighbourhood. The area has greatly suffered in the hands of ruthless brutalist architects from...

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January 29, 2022

Northern Doorways Around Boulogne

Northern Doorways aren’t grand, they often lead to modest houses in working class areas where unemployment is high and income is low. I lived in...

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