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Snapshots – bicycles

Posted by dan on March 3, 2011

Bicycle stunt in Sydney

Bicycle stunt in Sydney

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Banlieues Bleues 2011

Posted by dan on February 23, 2011

Banlieues Bleues 2011

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Banlieues Bleues, an annual five-week festival of French and international music – jazz, blues, R&B, soul, funk, flamenco and world music – is about to begin next month. Some programs already start on the 1st of March, with the main festival events from the 11th of March till the 8th of April. The venues, including La Dynamo, are a bit out but can be reached conveniently by RER or other means. If you find something that you like – and if you’re around this time – maybe it’s worth that little effort.

Banlieues Bleues official website: www.banlieuesbleues.org

La Dynamo
9, rue Gabrielle Josserand
93500 Pantin

Access:
Bus 170 – 249 – 330
RER E Pantin
Métro ligne 7 Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins

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Safety and security in Paris

Posted by dan on February 16, 2011

Paris - Army patrol in Montmartre

Army patrol in Paris - Montmartre

Paris is one of the safest big cities in Europe, or the world for that matter, violent crime is very rare. Pickpocketing and different scams are more common, but with a little common sense they are easily avoidable. In a world of global terrorism another worry for many visitors is security – especially with these occasional warnings issued time to time – as Paris is just as much a possible target as any other city. I personally think these threats are often exaggerated, but it is good to be vigilant. The French army has been patrolling the streets for many years and you can see them at major tourist sites, at stations, in the airports. The patrol always consists of three, often women amongst them. I met this patrol in Montmartre – one French guy, an African and an Arab. Since my Arabic is better than my French I talked to the soldier of Moroccan origin and asked if they would mind if I take a picture. They were all friendly and nice and happily posed for a shot.

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Those were the days – Finland, Paris or wherever

Posted by dan on January 12, 2011

Probably it is a bit late, but I am just realizing it is he 21st century. Not that it really matters or that it was anything easier before 2001 – but I still love those days.

In memory of Allan who I was thinking of when making this post, without knowing he has just left while I was drinking alone and singing ‘those were the days…’

I know a guy – he’s not Finish though -who went all the way from Germany to Jordan with a donkey-cart. He was refused entry to Israel because of the donkey, so he took the ferry to Egypt and got stuck there in a small town. He built a house and lives happily. I will try to find his website and post it here, he makes amazing photos. Let there be free spirit.

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YES WE CAN :: NO WEEK END

Posted by dan on January 12, 2011

yes we can - no week end. Image: Marina Nacamuli

yes we can - no week end. Image: Marina Nacamuli

This is a new millennium and everything is possible. In the USA the president is of Afro-American origin – in France the president is the son of an Eastern-European emigrant. Welcome both. But their approach and agenda seems to be somewhat different…

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marinanacamuli/5346965651/

See also blog posts: tagged graffiti

 

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Snapshots – three wheelers

Posted by dan on January 7, 2011

Three wheelers in Dhaka Bangladesh

Three wheelers in Dhaka Bangladesh

Tuk-tuks and human powered rickshaws are making their way to the western world. Three wheelers were common in Europe when I was a kid, but somehow they have disappeared where I lived. They never went out of fashion in France and Italy though, where they still make their own brands. Two at the back or two at the front, doesn’t matter – here we go again.

Véléance, Electric Vehicles: http://www.veleance.fr/

About Piaggio APE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaggio_Ape

About the Tuk-Tuk: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuk_tuk

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New Year’s Eve celebrations in Paris

Posted by dan on December 31, 2010

 

New Year's Eve in Paris, Seine, lit-up Eiffel Tower

New Year's Eve in Paris with a lit-up Eiffel Tower - no fireworks.

Paris is one of the most colorful and lively places in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve, whether you are spending it in a restaurant, a club, at a house party, out on the street – or, as often the case is, a combination of these. All of Paris is safe on NYE, just as as at any other time, although it is a loud and crowded experience at many places. The whole city is lively and full of partying people, but the most popular spot is the Champs Elysees area. Paris is one of those few cities which did not follow the mega-fireworks trend. There have been smaller displays at the Eiffel Tower and at other places such as Place de la Concorde in the past, but as far as I know nothing is planned this year. Fireworks is more on the spontaneous side – people setting off them all over the city, sometimes in crowded places. Montmartre is another popular neighborhood to spend the night. It is somewhat calmer and there are good views over the city – although not much of the Eiffel Tower itself. Wherever you are in Paris, it is party time and there are happy people wishing each other – Bonne Annee!

Further info:

Celebrating New Year’s in Paris: http://goparis.about.com/od/events/a/Paris_NewYear.htm

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Connecting Paris and London by Eurostar

Posted by dan on December 22, 2010

UK and France - snowy conditions outside

Snowy conditions outside, in the UK and France

Probably the easiest and fastest way to connect the two capitals is by the Eurostar train, which takes as little as 2 hours and 15 minutes. The biggest advantage is that you can start in the center of one city, and arrive in the center in the other one (St. Pancrass station and Gare du Nord), saving you time and money. Considering transfer times and costs, it is very competitive – and probably better – than the budget flights. You have to book as early as you can to get the best rates – tickets go on sale 90 days before trip – but you can get good prices even a few days before if you are traveling on a weekday or at certain times.

2010 is one of the snowiest winters in the UK and France, and many services were disrupted – flights as well as the Eurostar. As I am writing this post, I’ve heard news that travel is getting back to normal, which is very good news for many – especially at such an important time as Christmas. The following images were made when the first snow hit the UK and France in 2010.

Travel TipCheck rates and book tickets: http://www.eurostar.com/

About Eurostar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurostar

See also blog posts: Connecting Paris and London and Hotels around Gare du Nord

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Paris – Christmas colors

Posted by dan on December 21, 2010

Paris, just as every city in the Western world, is preparing for Christmas. With its markets, Christmas lights and decorations, busy department stores, shopping and fun, Paris is one of the most colorful cities.

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Secluded oasis – Musée du quai Branly

Posted by dan on December 17, 2010

The vertical garden at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

The vertical garden at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

Just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower along the foot path there is a building covered with green vegetation. This is the vertical garden at the Musée du Quai Branly. Behind the sound-proofed glass wall that follows there is a secluded garden. The garden houses the Musée du quai Branly which displays indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The Cafe Branly, open air in the summer, is a good way to relax after a visit to the museum in the garden, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Musée du quai Branly official website in English: http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/

About Musée du quai Branly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_du_quai_Branly

About the vertical garden: http://www.frenchgardening.com/visitez.html?pid=1140712820340395

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