• The Wallace Fountains of Paris
    Paris

    The Wallace Fountains of Paris

    Iconic emerald green, cast iron Wallace fountains are peppered around Parisian streets and parks. Designed and financed by an Englishman, a Francophile at that, these Neo Renaissance style fountains wear the name of Sir Richard Wallace. Way ahead of his…

  • Market Day On Rue Ordener
    Montmartre

    Early Morning Market on Rue Ordener

    Stalls are setting up to a symphony of clanking, banging, rustling and the turning of trolley wheels. The twice weekly fermentation of noise and frenzied motion signals one thing, market day on Rue Ordener. Setting up for market day on…

  • Place du Tertre
    Montmartre

    Place du Tertre

    Place du Tertre. This small, unassuming square, is the aorta of historic Montmartre village. A tangle of narrow, winding, cobbled arteries, lead towards it’s centre. For decades the Place du Tertre has been synonymous with artists, writers, poets and chanteuses.…

  • La Belle Epoch & Anarchy
    French Anarchists

    La Belle Epoque & Anarchy

    Two doors down from my apartment is the site of the world’s first recorded grand theft auto bank robbery at the Société Générale (and I wonder why people are afraid to go north of the Sacre Coeur). 1911 may evoke opulent…

  • Paris Street Swindles, Scams & Cons
    Paris Scams

    Paris Scams, Swindles & Cons

    Ah Paris. The wide, leafy boulevards. The street cafes illuminating the pavements late into the night. The couture (not really my thing, but I hear it’s très popular with some). The magic of that rose light, washing everything it falls…

  • The Bench, Montmartre
    Montmartre

    The Bench

    Floor to ceiling, my balcony windows frame the perfect view of a small, shaded corner of Serpollet Square. The Sacre Coeur flanks the park to the left, an assorted pile of higgledy piggledy flats and houses tumble out from underneath…

  • Street Homeless in Paris
    Homeless in Paris

    Street Homeless in Paris

    Bare cracked feet protrude from a pair of frayed, too short trousers. Ankles and calves exposed, a man stretches out, asleep on the hard, warm concrete. An ornate, elegant Guimard art nouveau Metro sign towers above him, casting a shadow.…

  • Nantes "Steve' fountain via @isidornazereth on Twitter
    France

    Justice for Steve

    A crimson lake pools around he Fountain de la Plece Royale in Nantes, reflecting the summer sunshine. Pale marble sculptures with black armbands, newly attached, stand knee deep in a sea of vivid red dye. A white sheet hangs over…