Posts about France

  • Random things in July

    Hiking and keeping cool in the mid-summer alpine heat.

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  • Random things in June

    My main photographic focus in June was our trip to Brittany in north-western France.

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  • Piles of sand

    Piles of sand

    The joy of paragliding at the Dune du Pilat in France.

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  • 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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  • The Tradition of Freedom

    The beginning of the summer camping season on the Piémançon beaches in the Camargue region of southern France.

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  • Pingoes in the Camargue

    Seeing wild flamingoes for the first time, in the south of France.

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  • Free photos, and why I’m making them available

    Any photographer offering free photos should have a good reason for doing so. This is why I’ve chosen to make a large portion of my photographic archive available.

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  • Technical case study: New websites for Burson-Marsteller EMEA

    My biggest work project in 2010 was the re-building of the wide network of websites for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region of Burson-Marsteller.

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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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  • Road Trip 2010 – Switzerland to Belgium

    The first leg of this year’s summer holiday takes us from home in Switzerland through France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

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  • Lac Léman at Montreux

    A panoramic view of Lac Léman from the top floor of the Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic in Montreux.

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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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  • Notes from a flight home

    Short observational notes taken on a flight between Edinburgh and Geneva.

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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

    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 the roads were exceptionally clear – by our experience, […]

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