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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A new future for Les Halles?

No, they never really had eternal value. After about thirty years Les Halles will be redeveloped again. In the seventies and eighties the current complex emerged in this place, where the stir and the spirit of the famous Parisian market halls reigned. Due to the increasing traffic chaos this market had already been moved to the more easily accessible Rungis outside the city in the late sixties. Continue reading

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Paris street scenes 2011

Recently the photo book PARIS of the young Norwegian Alexander Olsson was published. The images in black and white represent his views on Paris streetlife in 2011. From the various beautiful photos I chose this image. Continue reading

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Contest best baguette of Paris 2011

Each year the City of Paris organises the competition of the ‘Grand Prix de la Baguette de Paris’. Not sensational if you bear in mind a true Parisian visits his ‘boulangerie’ for a fresh baguette at least once, but preferably twice a day. Continue reading

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The Dora Bruder secret

In 1997 the novel ‘Dora Bruder’ by French author Patrick Modiano was released. The story is set in Paris and starts with a message, which Modiano read in a newspaper of December 1941. And it had grabbed hold of him. … Continue reading

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