Leaving the Opera in Year 2000 by Albert Robida.

A print from around 1882 depicting a futuristic view of air travel over Paris as people leave the opera. Many types of aircraft are shown including flying buses, limousines and, what are presumably, police vehicles. On the latter are mounted strangely un-futuristic sword-carrying officers that wouldn’t seem out of place on the Opera’s stage itself. […]

The Little Book of Love by Pierre Salas, c.1500s.

A Valentine’s gift to top all Valentine’s gifts – the Petit Livre d’Amour (Little Book of Love) was an ornate bespoke book given by the 16th-century Lyon-born poet Pierre Salas to his then lover and future wife Marguerite Bullioud. It measures just 5 by 3.7 inches, hand-written by Salas with gold ink and beautifully illuminated […]

The Work of OakOak, France.

Street artist OakOak doesn’t look for an empty wall when seeking a canvas for his creations. In fact, it’s the structures that jut out of the wall and the imperfect cracks and peels that OakOak uses to form his creative scenes. A chain becomes a funambulist’s tightrope; a manhole cover becomes a fencer’s mask; a […]

The Paris Catacombs.

A spiral staircase in the Denfert-Rochereau section of the catacombs (all photographs by the author unless indicated) Perhaps the most well-known “ruin” in Paris is the catacombs, a network of quarries that span around 200 miles under the city (in fact Parisians have been known to compare their city to a holey cheese there are […]

Of Pears and Kings.

Of Pears and Kings Images have long provided a means of protesting political regimes bent on censoring language. In the 1830s a band of French caricaturists, led by Charles Philipon, weaponized the innocent image of a pear to criticize the corrupt and repressive policies of King Louis-Philippe (see Front Image). Patricia Mainardi investigates the history […]

‘On the Trail’.

Winner: Emerging. Jean-Baptiste Liautard, of France, won with this mirrored shot of Jeremy Berthier on his trail bike in Bourgoin-Jallieu, France. Image Credit: Photograph by © Jean-Baptiste Liautard / Red Bull Illume Source: Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2019 – The Atlantic

The Troglodyte Land of France.

Les Eyzies de Taynac is a pretty town in the commune of Dordogne in southwestern France, that at first glance, appears to be crushed under the cliff. The town is littered with numerous grottos, caves and troglodyte dwellings whose history dates back to more than 28,000 years. I t was here, in 1868, during the […]

Lest We Forget: The Graves of Fromelles, 1916.

Graves at Fromelles, France following the infamous battle of July 1916.  Photo: (Supplied: Chandler Collection) This week marks 103 years since the World War I battles of Fromelles and Pozieres — two of the deadliest and most gruesome in Australia’s military history. In an attempt to feint and distract German forces who were battling the […]

Musée Miniature et Cinéma.

by danielrthorne Robocop, tiny urban alleys, and gremlins are all just a part of the fascinating prop and miniature set collection held at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma. Founded by miniature setting artist Dan Ohlmann, the museum holds over a thousand pieces of down-scaled locations such as a school room and a fully-furnished dining room […]

Delahaye Type 165: Beautiful French Car of the 1930s.

Delahaye Type 165: The Most Beautiful French Car of the 1930s The Delahaye Type 165 is viewed by many as the most beautiful French car of the 1930s, only 5 of them were ever made with this one having been fatefully chosen by the French government to represent France at the 1939 New York World’s […]