Tag Archives: France

Europe, It’s Just Nextdoor

To promote its travel services, France’s rail company SNCF placed colorful, interactive doors around Paris that allow pedestrians to experience other European cities. When the doors are opened, screens display real-time happenings in cities around the continent. TBWA Paris, the … Continue reading

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More than a bed for the night

I continue to be an unrepentant fan of print travel guides and of publishers who remain committed to keeping the format alive. So, I was pleased to stumble across the Sawday family of guide books. And they are really a … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Rude

One of the Europe’s most visited cities, but also famous for its purported rudeness, Paris has  launched a campaign to improve its reputation and better meet the needs of tourists. Restaurant servers, taxi drivers and retail sales staff in the … Continue reading

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Paris in Winter

Andrew Julian photographed and edited this lovely little film The Quiet City: Winter in Paris. It demonstrates just how different the experience of a city can be based on season. My trips to Paris have always been in the early … Continue reading

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City of Light

Paris is often referred to as la ville lumière or the city of light. Paris-based freelance designer and photographer Clémentine Tantet decided to take that notion about the luminous city a step further and represent the Paris Metro map in … Continue reading

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Timeless Alsace

According to the editor Julien Guntz,  The “Alsace timelapse” project is the fruit of the collaboration of three French artists from Strasbourg, and the fusion of their photographic, editing and musical talents. The collective, baptized IGH, presents a short film … Continue reading

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Lotus Dome or Soft Machine

Inside Lille, France‘s beautiful Église Sainte Marie Madeleine, the Dutch design team Studio Roosegaarde has installed an intrguing dome-like structure composed of metalic petals that responds to the physical presence of visitors. The Lotus Dome is constructed of hundreds of light-sensitive flowers … Continue reading

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Is This The End for Sarko ?

Well today is the first round of voting in the French elections and things are not looking up for Sarkozy. These clever pieces of street art have been turning up all over Paris lately. Are you eligible to vote today … Continue reading

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Eurostyle Urban Hacktivism

Self-described “urban hacktivist” Florian Rivière from Strasbourg has come up with a foolproof method for crossing busy European streets. His portable crosswalk would have come in handy last week in Madrid. Check-out his website for more of his tongue-in-cheek inventions and … Continue reading

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The Last Train to Urville

Urville is the little known capital city of a seaside province of France. It has a population of almost 12 million citizens and is the largest city in Europe. Starting to wonder why you’ve never heard of Urville ? That’s because … Continue reading

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