• Photo of the Week - August 29, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    While walking along le Canal de l'Ourcq in the northeast of Paris, I recently came across la brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris (BSPP). Les pompiers (firemen) were in the middle of a fire hose training, several of them were stationed on the side of the canal, and two others were high up on the truck's ladder. It was quite an impressive site so I took a photo before continuing on my way.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 22, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo, taken by Dennis Jarvis on a recent trip to Paris, gives us a close up view of the crisscrossing iron lattice structure and lifts of la Tour Eiffel. As Dennis explains, la Tour's elevator system has been changed several times since it's opening as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair. Constructing the original lifts from the first to second platform proved to be complicated because a straight track was not possible, and no French companies made proposals for the job.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 22 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 15, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph was taken on August 1st, 1909 at Parc des Princes stadium, which was the final destination of the Tour de France from 1903 to 1967. The rider pictured here, Jean Alavoine, was 21 years old at the time and won 3rd place in that year's general classification. Throughout his career, the French professional cyclist won 17 stages in the Tour de France and wore the yellow jersey for five days.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 8, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Before leaving the south of France I was lucky enough to visit La Calanque d'En-Vau, pictured here. It's one of the many calanques along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Cassis. The point of departure was a winding coastal road from which we hiked two hours to get to the rocky beach which was flanked on either side by majestic falaises (cliffs).

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - August 1, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    The day after my arrival in Paris for the fist time, as a 20 year old art student, I found myself in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, wandering around l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, where I would study for the semester. The majestic space, which was founded in 1648 as l'Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, was shockingly different from the New York art school I'd come from.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 August 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 25, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    While planning an upcoming trip to Switzerland, I recently came across this photograph of the Aare river running through Bern. The river which runs through the city is known around the world as a celebrated swim spot. Most swimmers enter the Aare from the public baths of Marzili and let the strong current carry them downstream. At just four and a half hours from Paris by train, Bern (or Berne in French) is especially known for it's medieval city centre, recognised by UNESCO as a Cultural World Heritage Site.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 18, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    In case you missed this year's Bastille Day festivities, here is a photograph taken on Monday of one of La Fête nationale's highlights. Les feux d'artifice (fireworks) were set off from les Bassins du Trocadéro opposite la tour Eiffel. Crowds gather on le Champ de Mars to watch the spectacle, which started at 11pm and lased 35 minutes. For this year's edition, the theme was "Guerre et Paix" (war and peace) in recognition of the centenary of World War I.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 11, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken a few years ago during the photography festival Les Rencontres d'Arles. This year's edition, Parade, officially launched this week with over fifty exhibitions showing work by the likes of Vik Muniz, David Bailey, Mitch Epstein and many others. Over the course of the festival, photographers from all over come to Arles to exhibit and visit the exhibitions that pop up all over town. At night, events like the one pictured here take over le théâtre antique, where projections and talks with the artists are organized.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 4, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    In honor of independence days around the globe, I chose this photograph that gives us a glimpse of la fête nationale française of 1914. It's titled Fête nationale - bal de rue avec limonaire or National Day - street ball with limonaire. French flags, dancing couples, and a fairground organ (le limonaire) fill the photographer's frame. This image was taken two weeks prior to the outbreak of World War I.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - June 27, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph, titled À Monaco - Montée vers le Palais, was taken over one hundred years ago using the glass plate negative process. The pathway pictured leads up to le Palais Princier de Monaco (the Prince's Palace of Monaco). At the time this photo was taken, Albert I was in power. The palace, which was built in 1191, is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, who is currently Albert II, the son of Rainier III and Grace Kelly.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 )
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