Lafayette, Louisiana

I met this white-bearded gentleman in the Acadian village, a re-created early settlement near Lafayette. His name was Louis Choplin (born 1922). He was said to have been a crawfisherman, trapper, a D-Day soldier, chef, lumberjack, butcher, painter, carpenter, pipeline foreman and Santa Claus. A local star, he willingly posed for photos and was also…

Rome, Italy

Palazzo Farnese houses the French embassy in Italy. Tourists do not even spoil the ‘Dolce Vita’ mood that you feel in sidewalk cafés in front of the palace. May 2005. Le Palazzo Farnese abrite l’ambassade de France en Italie. Les touristes ne parviennent pas à gâcher l’atmosphère de Dolce Vita qui règne sur les terrasses…

Cologne, Germany

Like many German cities, Cologne was destroyed at the end of World War II. There is not much to see from a tourist standpoint, except perhaps the collections of the Wallraf museum. August 2008. Comme beaucoup de villes allemandes, Cologne a été détruite à la fin de la seconde guerre mondiale. Il y a peu…

Sofia, Bulgaria

The girl could be from any city in Europe. But the car in the background makes you guess you are not in Paris. Sofia is like many cities in Eastern Europe: a mix of Western European style and memories of the communist years. April 2009. La fille pourrait être dans n’importe quelle ville d’Europe. Mais…

Montreal, Canada

I was lucky to have lunch at Bens in Montreal. The place was known as ‘Bens De Luxe Delicatessen and Restaurant’ and was famed for its smoked meat sandwich. The last time I was in Montreal, I found its doors to be closed. After 98 years in business, operations stopped in 2006 and the Art…

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

While the Carnival parade takes place in the Sambodromo, there are many parts to each samba school’s entry: six to eight floats and up to four thousand revellers per school. The girls on the floats are always selected to focus attention of the audience. February 2006. Durant le défilé du Carnaval au Sambodromo, il y…

Idah, Nigeria

I witnessed this almost biblical scene on a small hill facing the Niger river. This woman was pouring rice from one bowl to another in order to separate rice husks from the grain. There are many cultures in the Idah area due to the proximity to the river. February 1990 J’ai observé cette scène presque…