Posts about France

Petite Camargue alsacienne

The Petite Camargue Alsacienne is a French nature reserve along the Rhine, just north of the border with Switzerland. It was founded in 1982 as a protected habitat by the French government and is named for the huge nature reserve seven hundred kilometres away, on the shores of the Mediterranean. We visited a couple of […]

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The Quest for Inspiration

The Quest for Inspiration

This is the trailer for “La Quête d’Inspiration”, a documentary film by Mathieu Le Lay about the experiences in the wilderness of French landscape photographer Alexandre Deschaumes. You can purchase the full-length film at Reelhouse.

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Sad attempt at romance

Compare and contrast the trends on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. The first of these photos was taken in 1996 or 1997 and the second was taken last weekend. These days, the lattices (and some of the old-fashioned street lights) along both sides of the bridge are covered completely in personalized padlocks, attached […]

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C’était un Rendezvous

C’était un Rendezvous

One of my favourite pieces of non-fiction film: an eight and a half minute sequence filmed by Claude Lelouch on the streets of Paris in 1976.

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The Squares of Arras

The slightly disappointing centre of the historic city of Arras, with its two main squares filled with traffic and cars.

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Up to Arras

Once again, it’s past midnight and the suitcase is almost packed, lying nearby after I became distracted by bills which need paying and hotels which need booking. Jo is away already, arrived in Scotland after a mammoth journey, and I am kicking my heels across Europe until we meet again next weekend on the other […]

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I Remember

There are some times of year when it’s strange to be at home in a country where the national history is different. In November, two of them fall within days of each other: Guy Fawkes Night and Armistice Day.

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Get Shorty

A gallery of images from my journey to the U.K. and back in 2006, collecting Jo to bring her to live with me in Switzerland.

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Don’t ride the rails drunk, kids

I woke a sleeping drunk last night, when the train to Interlaken terminated in Spiez due to the onward line being blocked. He looked at me blurrily and asked whether he needed to catch the onward replacement bus service to get to Grenoble. (Which is in France.) In other words, he’d staggered onto the wrong […]

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Dieppe in winter

It seems that even back in the 1990s, I still knew a thing or two about timing when it came to “street” photography. On arrival in Normandy during a trip to visit a French camera club for the weekend with friends from Yateley Camera Club, this was the scene which greeted us when we pulled […]

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Wedding trip part 2: Reims to the Channel Tunnel

More entries in this series can be found here. After a good night’s sleep in Reims, we headed onward towards our appointment with the cross-Channel tunnel at a rate of knots, passing through the first toll booth of the day as we headed on through northern France towards Calais. We made pretty good time as […]

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Wedding trip part 1: Switzerland to Reims

I love travelling back and forth between Britain and Switzerland. Although it’s a long way, the journey is made pretty easy by the fact that most of the long haul is through France, where undulating countryside and unfamiliar landscape provides a level of interest and flat, straight, empty motorways make a journey with cruise control […]

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