London, United Kingdom

While tourists tend to visit Harrods, Sloane Rangers prefer the nearby Harvey Nichols store. They refer to the place as Harvey Nic. You meet them having martinis around tea time. September 2010. Alors que les touristes ont tendance à aller chez Harrods, les BCBG locales, connues sous le nom de « Sloane Rangers », préfèrent le grand…

Copenhagen, Denmark

An inhabitant of the ‘Christiania freetown’ smokes cannabis in the open. Cannabis trade is tolerated in Christiania, a part of Copenhagen ruled as an autonomous neighborhood. It was created in 1971 on the grounds of former military barracks by a group of squatters, jobless people and hippies. May 2012. Un habitant de la « ville libre…

Boston, Massachusetts

Newbury Street is the fashion street in Boston. Last time I was there (in 2010), the street was still hype but the stores were no longer the same. October 1995. Newbury Street est la rue de la mode à Boston. La dernière fois que j’y étais (en 2010), la rue était encore branchée mais les…

Antwerp, Belgium

Inside the Carolus Borromeus church in Antwerp, some members of the congregation prepare a statue for a procession. Flanders used to be part of Charles the Fifth’s empire. This could explain why this Virgin looks a bit like a Sevillan Virgin. October 2009. A l’intérieur de l’église Saint-Charles-Borromée à Anvers, des fidèles préparent une statue…

Toronto, Canada

When I used to think about Toronto, the name would bring reminiscences of Fenimore Cooper’s or Jack London’s novels, rather than those a modern city. Toronto is indeed the largest city in Canada. Located on the banks of Lake Ontario, Toronto could also be taken for a seaside resort, with ferry boats like this one,…

Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate is mostly inhabited by Berbers, who built many of the prominent kasbahs for which the town is known. Since ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ in 1962, the area is a noted film making location. However, it seems this industry did not benefit the whole population. November 1997. Ourzazate est principalement habitée par des Berbères qui ont…

Agra, India

Holi festival, also know as festival of colors, celebrates spring equinox over two days. Tradition is that everyone colors each other with dry powder on clothes. Holi festival is also the day where all castes mix, when inferiors are allowed to insult those they have to bow in front of all year round. March 2008…