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Pic du Jour – Fishing Nets, St Vaast, France

Some colorful netting found portside in Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, a sleepy coastal town of about 2,000 on Normandy’s Contentin peninsula in northwest France. Small fishing communities fascinate me, especially the similarities you can find among them even when they're located continents apart. Today’s Pic du Jour, the 273rd straight (!!), was snapped…
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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 been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects,…
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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 put to good use and now banished from my hard drive. To celebrate further, below are a few more…
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50-Second Bricquebec Castle Advisor

http://vimeo.com/42081628 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 the town's attractions is the Chateau…
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Orozco’s Citroen and a Creative Commons Update

I've never been much of a car guy. I have one but the last time I put gas in the tank was in April. Of 2011. I didn't have my first set of wheels until I was 23, an enormous town car that I drove into the ground on the dirt back roads of southeast Ohio. I later drove a Yugo around those same Appalachian foothills for five years. That remains the…
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No Right Turn

I spotted quite a few cool decal/sticker-like things on signs in Paris last month. This modified No Right Turn is my modest prediction for today's run-off…
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(Mostly) Latin Quarter Bookstore Stroll

Independent bookshop subsidies? Oh yeah, I'll drink to that. During a stroll past bookshops and between wine bars stops in the Latin Quarter a few years ago, a colleague, a crusty reporter for a daily paper, told me that independent bookstores in that area of the French capital were subsidized by the local and national governments. I wondered how…
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