Paris still alive and kicking: Fluctuat nec mergitur

The Latin phrase FLUCTUAT NEC MERGITUR meaning: IT IS TOSSED BY THE WAVES, BUT DOES NOT SINK, is the ancient motto placed on the city coat of arms of Paris. Continue reading

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The Bièvre: the river that disappeared in Paris

In Nobody’s Boy, Hector Malot already had his Rémi walk along its banks. Victor Hugo also described the Bièvre in his poetry collection Atumn Leaves . These idyllic stories from the 19th century are like echoes of a bygone era. Continue reading

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Rimbaud on a Parisian wall

Since 2012, you can read Arthur Rimbaud’s famous poem Le Bateau Ivre (The Drunken Boat) on a Parisian wall.

After six years of preparation, consultation, campaigning and fundraising, Dutch foundation TEGEN-BEELD from Leiden Continue reading

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The concierge at Rue de Grenelle 7

Her name is Renee and she works at a swanky apartment building in the 6th arrondissement Continue reading

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La rentrée

The end of August, early September: the summer holidays of Parisians have come to an end. ‘La rentrée’ marks their return en masse. The emptiness of summer is being expelled. The upcoming Continue reading

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Street art in 1000 tile mosaics

He calls himself ‘Invader’. Inspired by the first-generation game called ‘Space Invaders’, this French artist ‘invaded’ Paris with his pixel art of alien creatures Continue reading

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Square named after the first hero of the Arab Spring

On December 17th 2010, a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor of fruits and vegetables, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire out of despair. He was publicly humiliated, his merchandise was confiscated and he did not have the money nor the contacts to bribe the officials in order to get his goods back. On January 4th, 2011 he died of his burns. His action evoked the Tunisian Continue reading

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