France

Majesty of the Seas

Most driveways around the world are reserved for parking the family car, but 58 year old ex-coal miner Francois Zanella uses his driveway to park his personal home-made cruise ship. The ship is a 1/8th reproduction of the Royal Caribbean…

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Monday, 5th February 2007

Fort Boyard

Brand new on Google Maps/Earth this week is Fort Boyard, located between the Île d’Oléron and the Île-d’Aix in the Pertuis d’Antioche straits, on the west coast of France. It was designed to bridge the gap between the two islands,…

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Thursday, 5th October 2006

Saint-Exupéry TGV Terminal

Following up on a comment in Alex’s TGV post back in October, I present Saint-Exupéry International Airport in Lyon and more specifically the TGV terminal . The airport was built in 1975 but the TGV terminal with its stunning roof…

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Saturday, 17th June 2006

Particle Accelerator Megapost

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California is funded by the US Department of Energy but operated by Stanford University. The SLAC has a 3km long underground linear accelerator which is the longest linear accelerator in the world and…

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Wednesday, 17th May 2006

Bottomless Hot Air Balloon

Floating above the Parc André-Citroën in Paris, France, we find a gigantic tethered hot-air-balloon. If you look closely at the shadow you can see that the “basket” has no bottom! Have the occupants plummeted to their untimely deaths? No, rather…

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Friday, 28th April 2006

Belleau Cemetery

1918, the height of the first world war and German forces have pushed far into France, coming dangerously close to the French capital. The Battle of Belleau Wood occurred near the Marne River between June 1st and June 26th. The…

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Wednesday, 26th April 2006
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On this day: Paul Cézanne Died

On this day in 1906, French painter Paul Cézanne died. Montagne Saint-Victoire, circa 1890, is amongst many of his works…

On this day: USS Constitution Launched

On October 21, 1797, the USS Constitution was launched in Boston Harbor. Nicknamed ‘Old Ironsides’, the vessel has far outlived…

On this day: Sydney Opera House Opened

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