French Presidential Election Posters

The first round of France’s presidential election will take place on Sunday. If you’re curious about what French campaign posters look like, look no further.

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Post Card From Cherbourg

Just a quick hello from the northernmost reaches of France, where everyone smiles and wears hats just like this.

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Lille Quickie

Here’s a 2min 30sec Lille video notebook, the latest in Piran Cafe’s City Quickie series. There’s plenty of grit, a bit of charm, a few drunks, some chocolate, a young girl picking her nose, a Gypsy caravan, a beggar or two, and even cameos by Bob Marley and Marilyn Monroe. …

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3quarksdaily: The Accidental Parisian: A Conversation with David Downie

Great wide-ranging interview with the author of Paris, Paris: A Journey Into the City of Light. What most sparked my interest was his profound desire to walk, wherever he may be. That’s always been my preference when traveling, in places new, or those seemingly familiar. Your feet seem to merge …

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Still life with mannequin and wine bottle

Have you ever seen a mannequin with tan lines? Seen in ‘Allo Robert’ in Menton, France, currently my favorite antique/junk shop in the world. 21-July-2011 Menton 002, originally uploaded by pirano.

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Wilde Tomb

I was in Paris for five days last week – mostly work, little play – but did make the time to finally visit Père Lachaise, the cemetery where Frederic Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison, among other luminaries, are buried. The most interesting tomb is that of Oscar Wilde, whose fans …

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Dig it! Paris Considering ban on SUVs

  An idea that needs to spread throughout Europe. Although given Slovenia’s collective car fetish, I can’t imagine anyone in Ljubljana with the cojones to propose it. Via Inhabitat and Autoblog Green: Denis Baupin, an environmental official in the mayor’s office, told RTL Radio that if you’re a Parisian with …

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Magnum Gallery Opens in Saint Germain des Prés

Via Artdaily: On Friday, Magnum, the legendary photo collective founded by Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa and others, will opened a gallery in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés, in the former exhibition spaces of Robert Delpire, one of France’s most distinguished publishers and photography connoisseurs. The opening exhibition, …

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July pic(k)s

I felt like singing Free Bird when I spotted this sculpture on the back of a building on the Rue Guilleminot in Paris. My absolute favorite for the month was this one, but I posted it here already. Twenty personal favorites from July, shot in Paris, Oslo and Rome, are …

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A few quick snaps in Montmartre

It isn’t quite Man on Wire, but I liked this backdrop nonetheless. This guy was terrific, performing atop a 3ft X 3ft (1meter square) stone pedestal at the base of the Sacre Coeur steps last Saturday. Certainly deserved a euro or two. paris 067, originally uploaded by pirano.

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