Antoine de St. Exupery display at a bookstore in Lille, France

Happy Birthday, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, would have been 114 today. Some are taken from us much too soon. Nearly two million copies of Le Petit Prince are sold annually, with sales topping 140 million worldwide, making it one of the top best-selling books in history. It’s also …

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Rue Obscure, Villefranche sur Mer, France

Underground in Villefranche-sur-Mer – (Pic du Jour)

Yes, it’s the south of France, for the second time this week. This is the Rue Obscure, or ‘Dark Street’, beneath the harbor front in Villefranche-sur-Mer, on the French Riviera midway between Nice and Monte Carlo. The passage dates back to 1260. I waited patiently for this man, a waiter who …

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Beaulieu Sur Mer, France

Beaulieu-sur-Mer (Pic du Jour)

Facing east from Beaulieu-sur-Mer, a village on the Riviera between Nice and Monaco. 22-Jul-2011

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Oscar Wilde mural in Portland, Oregon

Happy Birthday, Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde would have been 159 today. Some are taken from us much too soon. The photo above was snapped in Portland, Oregon, in August. And below, enjoy a slide show featuring photos of Wilde’s tomb at the Père Lachaise cemetery from a visit in March 2011 before it was cleaned …

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Gates of Hell, Zurich

Quickie at The Gates of Hell

When a google doodle reminded me this morning that Rodin would have been 172 today, I finally found a use for this rainy day snippet of a bronze of The Gates of Hell that rests in front of the Kunsthaus Zurich. Aren’t you glad? I am – another 30 MB …

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Passageway, Cap d’Ail (Pic de Jour)

I’m busy in Monaco for a few days, but did manage a quick stroll early yesterday evening along the coastal footpath in nearby Cap d’Ail. The pathway begins just a half kilometre west of Fontvieille in Monaco at Plage Marquet. Great views, fresh air, relaxing stroll. I really like this …

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Ocean’s Nine

Look at an ocean and some will see a barrier separating them from the vastness of the world. Others will gaze at a symbol of liberation, of the vastness of possibility. Some just see them as dumps. I’ve always preferred the second metaphor and thankfully, the latter wasn’t the case …

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50-Second Bricquebec Castle Advisor

Here is a 50-second video notebook of the Bricquebec Castle which I’m sure someone somewhere might find of use. Bricquebec is a sleepy town of about 5,000 in the center of the Contentin Peninsula in Normandy, about 20 kilometers as the crow flies south of Cherbourg. The most notable of …

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My First Miss.Tic!

No, of course I’m not admitting to my first mistake. When I do finally make one however, you’ll be the first to know. Promise.

I’ve read a lot about French street artist Miss.Tic over the years, seen photos of many of her creations and thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit of her work that I stumbled upon in Berlin last fall. But it wasn’t until last month that I finally saw an original by this Parisian on her home turf. It even features a bike! And I love her hair. :) Enjoy.

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Higgins Boat Restoration (St. Vaast Notebook I)

Here’s a 25-second quickie I shot last month in St. Vaast, France, with D-Day buffs in mind, of a couple guys finishing up a restoration of a Higgins landing craft like those used in the Invasion of Normandy. Funding for the project was to end at the end of May, so I think they’ll manage – just in time.

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