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 […]

Print in Medieval Paris.

Situated on the River Seine in northern France, late medieval Paris was a great university city and offered printers the opportunity to sell their books to teachers and scholars. In 1436 the French King, Charles VII, reclaimed the city from its occupiers,the Burgundians who were allied to the English, making Paris the capital of France […]

‘Surfer in Silhouette’, Biarritz.

Biarritz, France Guillermo Satt of Chile in action whilst competing in the Men’s Qualifying Round Two during day five of the ISA World Surfing Games 2017. Image Credit: Photograph by Michael Steele/Getty Images. Source: Best photos of the day: violin playing protester and dragon boat races | News | The Guardian

An Old Case of Near-Death Experience.

Reports of people having “near-death” experiences go back to antiquity, but the oldest medical description of the phenomenon may come from a French physician around 1740, a researcher has found. The report was written by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux, a military physician from northern France, who described a case of near-death experience in his book “Anecdotes […]