Tag Archives: France

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Sometimes Paris can seem like one enormous movie set. Apparences is a beautiful, if somewhat surreal, video experiment directed by French duo Clarice et Maxine,who morphed iconic attractions and street scenes into a massive Potemkin Village.

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We’ll Always Have Paris

This wonderful compilation combines some of the oldest film footage shot in Paris between 1877 and 1900, with contemporary video. Created by Yestervid, it also places each location on a map of the city.

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Another reason to visit Grenoble

Residents and visitors in beautiful Grenoble, France will never be at a loss for reading material thanks to a new project sponsored by the city government and local publisher Short Edition. Clever little orange and black terminals that dispense short … Continue reading

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A Travel Guide With Heart

The popular French travel guide publisher Le Guide du Routard has created a wonderful new 90 page graphic guidebook for migrants and refugees in Europe. Titled Hello, and illustrated by French artist Pascal Gauffre, the handbook allows communication by simply … Continue reading

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A Day Without Cars

On September 27,2015, Paris is going car-free (sort of) for one day. Une Journée Sans Voitures , sponsored by the Paris municipal government, will temporarily pedestrianize streets and boulevards in the 1st through 7th and the 10th,11th and 16th arrondissements. … Continue reading

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How to embarrass yourself in Paris

I readily admit that my language skills are atrocious. Wherever I travel, I always manage to awkwardly mangle any attempts at spoken communication in the local language. Oddly, my written understanding and comprehension can be adequate, but it all goes … Continue reading

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Globoscope is an immersive traveling installation of sound actuated luminous spheres. Created by the Grenoble-based “artistic laboratory” of Collectif Coin, the peripatetic show originally launched in Lyon last year, moved to the Licht festival in Ghent, Belgium, and most recently … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking

The UK-based hotel booking site Hotels4U produced this amusing infographic that purports to identify the most popular dishes from 28 European countries. What do you think about the choice for your nation? Stroopwafel over pannenkoeken for the Netherlands, really?  

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Paper People

I first stumbled upon some of French street artist Charles Leval’s (aka Levalet) imaginative paste-ups of black and white figures last year in Paris. Thanks to TBTP reader Maria Milan, here’s a series of his reading related pieces. Some were … Continue reading

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Paris Underground

Spanish artist Pablo Valbuena took advantage of the ongoing renovations at Paris’ historic Gare d”Austerlitz train station to create this very impressive sound and light installation. The “Kinematope” covers more than half a kilometer of the underground construction site with … Continue reading

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