Tag: france

May 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

How France Hid the Louvre’s Masterpieces During WWII

How France Hid the Louvre's Masterpieces During WWII

Photograph by Pierre Jahan/Archives des museés nationaux Beginning in 1938, the threat of war prompted a large-scale evacuation of France’s public art collections. The storage sites chosen for works of art were châteaux, tranquil locations in the heart of the French countryside, far from strategic targets, and thus escaping the imminent danger of bombing.…

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May 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Playful Diversions on the Streets of France by OakOak

Playful Diversions on the Streets of France by OakOak

OakOak is a street artist from Saint-Étienne, France, whose playful diversions bring smiles to those who come across his work. The Outsiders Gallery sums up his style nicely: Pen-pusher by day, street art superhero by night, Saint-Étienne sensation OakOak’s hilarious, imaginative, irreverent and sometimes a little macabre street work has filled column inches from…

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April 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Picture of the Day: Abandoned Railway in Paris

Picture of the Day: Abandoned Railway in Paris

ABANDONED RAILWAY IN PARIS Photograph by Mister Boubou on Flickr The Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (French for “little belt railway”) was a Parisian railway that, from 1852, was a circular connection between Paris’ main railroad stations within the fortified walls of the city. In a partial state of abandonment since…

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April 11, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Picture of the Day: Chateau de Chenonceau

Picture of the Day: Chateau de Chenonceau

Château de Chenonceau Loire Valley, France Photograph by Ra-smit on Wikimedia Commons The Château de Chenonceau is a French château near the small village of Chenonceaux, in the Loire Valley of France. The château was built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher and was designed by the…

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March 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Picture of the Day: The Eiffel Tower from Below

Picture of the Day: The Eiffel Tower from Below

THE EIFFEL TOWER FROM BELOW Photograph by Jebulon on Wikimedia Commons In this photograph we see Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower from below as the photographer looks directly upwards from the exact center of the structure. I always find it interesting to see such recognizable world symbols from different angles and vantage points.…

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February 27, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Picture of the Day: Château de Chambord

Picture of the Day: Château de Chambord

CHÂTEAU DE CHAMBFORD Photograph by Patrick Giraud The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed from…

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December 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Picture of the Day: Inside Palais Garnier

Picture of the Day: Inside Palais Garnier

INSIDE PALAIS GARNIER Photograph by Trey Ratcliff @ StuckinCustoms.com The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house built between 1861 and 1875 for the Paris Opera. Originally called the Salle des Capucines because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines, it soon became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of…

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November 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Picture of the Day: The Alpinists

Picture of the Day: The Alpinists

THE ALPINISTS Photograph by Jakub Polomski on 500px In this incredible capture by Jakub Polomski, we see a group of Alpinists making their way to the top of Aiguille du Midi (3,824m/12,605 ft), a mountain in Chamonix (French Alps) and the starting point for one of the routes to the Mont Blanc…

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July 29, 2012 at 8:40 am

Art Installation in France Takes on Multiple Forms

Art Installation in France Takes on Multiple Forms

For the last seven years, The Festival of Lively Architecture in Montpellier, France has sought to raise the public profile of architecture through a walking tour of temporary art installations in private estates and courtyards throughout Montpellier. The festival’s goal is to highlight the younger generation of up and coming talent in the field…

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May 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

15 Photos Looking Straight Up the Eiffel Tower

15 Photos Looking Straight Up the Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889 as the entrance arch to the World’s Fair, the 320 meter (1,050 ft) tall Eiffel Tower, located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, is undoubtedly one of the most iconic structures in the world. For 41 years it held the title as the world’s tallest man-made structure until the completion…

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