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20 Nov 04:35

The Last Palace of the Champs Elysées: A Courtesan’s Secret Alcazar

by MessyNessy
The Last Palace of the Champs Elysées: A Courtesan’s Secret Alcazar

Hiding in plain sight, you’re looking into the eye of the last remaining example of the magnificent private mansions that once lined the Champs Élysées in Paris. Hotel de la Païva was built by a famous 19th century courtesan who came from humble beginnings in the ghetto of Moscow. Esther Lachmann, aka La Païva, became one of the most infamous women in mid-19th-century France, at a time when there was a bewildering array of categories of prostitutes that ranged from street-walkers and sex workers in brothels to courtesans and kept women. La Païva, was one of the very lucky ones indeed…

The story of her rise to become the “the queen of kept women” is still as juicy and shocking as it was then, well over a century later.

17 Nov 01:52

Sur Twitter, l’humour sans limite de « The Irish Border »



Les Monty Python n’auraient pas renié le compte @BorderIrish qui s’exprime sur le Brexit au nom de la ligne, presque invisible, qui sépare les deux Irlandes.
12 Oct 09:43

Why Teddy Bears Are Invading Paris

by Francky Knapp
Why Teddy Bears Are Invading Paris
The nounours in Paris ©Marco Ivezic / Instagram

They came quietly.

28 Sep 20:11

La Slovénie, dans « Atout timbres »


on stamps too

here "stamped" means also crazy: timbré

Le mensuel « Atout timbres » fait le tour de l’actualité philatélique et propose une présentation thématique timbrée de la Slovénie.
20 Sep 16:37

Votez Boris Vian !


vote for the Boris Vian stam you prefer among the 3 ones.
It's here:

Les internautes sont appelés à voter jusqu’au 26 septembre pour choisir un portrait de Boris Vian qui fera l’objet d’un timbre en 2020.
18 Sep 12:24

A New Circular Juice Machine Turns Orange Peels into Bioplastic Cups

by Laura Staugaitis

Freshly squeezed orange juice is a welcome sight at cafes worldwide. The machines often showcase about-to-be-squeezed oranges with pinball machine-esque wire loading racks and clear cases that allow the consumer to see their juice being made in real time. International design firm Carlo Ratti Associati (previously) takes the immediacy of the experience to another level. ‘Feel the Peel’ is a prototype machine that uses orange peels to create bioplastic, shaping bespoke cups to hold the juice made from the cups’ own innards.

In a press release about the project, Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) explains that the approximately 9-foot tall machine handles 1,500 oranges, and the peels accumulate in the lower level. The peels are dried, milled, and mixed with polylactic acid to form a bioplastic, which is then heated and melted so that an internal 3-D printer can form each recyclable cup. CRA shares that they will continue to iterate, and are considering creating clothing from orange peels as a future functionality.

Follow along with CRA’s wide-ranging projects on Instagram and Twitter. If you enjoy Feel the Peel, also check out the cone-shaped french fry holders made from potato peels, designed by Simone Caronni, Paolo Stefano Gentile and Pietro Gaeli, as well as Mi Zhou’s toiletry containers made of soap. (via designboom)

16 Sep 09:12

Why Museums Display Ancient Pastries and Beef Older Than Christ

by Anne Ewbank

At many a world-class museum, food and drink aren’t allowed near any of the artifacts. To be fair, it’s for good reason: Insects drawn by crumbs can damage displays, and curators are wary of rogue splashes of Mountain Dew.

But many museum collections actually contain food. In galleries showcasing mummies and priceless art, you can also find seeds, biscuits, and even ancient cuts of beef on display.

That preserved shoulder of beef, which is nearly 3,500 years old, can be found within Gallery 109 of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Found at a pharaonic site near Luxor, Egypt, it was likely a funerary offering meant as a provision for a journey to the afterlife, perhaps for the young prince Amenemhat.


Similarly, the British Museum owns an array of broken pastries that look like cookies left at the bottom of a pink pastry box. In fact, they date from the eighth century. Found in a cemetery in China’s Xinjiang autonomous province, where the arid climate preserved them for 1,500 years, they’re considered some of the world’s oldest surviving pastries.

“The early collectors collected all sorts of things,” says Diana Craig Patch, the Curator-in-Charge of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Egyptian Art. As they swept up remains of long-gone societies, collectors and excavators acquired innumerable artifacts, including ancient food objects. Because of what they reveal about those times and places, curators, in turn, sometimes place them under gallery lights. According to Patch, the “beefcase” is a bit of a bit player in the Met, a museum that contains famous Egyptian antiquities. But tour guides often point out the desiccated beef, since food offerings are essential to understanding ancient Egyptian culture. “That piece of beef guaranteed to someone that they would have food forever,” she says.


While archeologists have dug up foods that survived for centuries, an increased interest in documenting folklore and local foodways has led curators to seek food objects closer to home. The Pitt Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford, for example, has a set of Victorian-era potatoes donated from the surrounding countryside. These spuds were carried around in the hope that they could cure rheumatism. The caveat was that the potatoes had to be stolen.

At UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in California, a precious food collection is even more contemporary. Curators there have assembled hundreds of food samples from Native American groups, which range from acorn meal of the Maidu people to a whale tail cured by the Tolowa people in Crescent City, on the California border with Oregon. The collection’s origins date to the early 1900s, when Berkeley’s first anthropology professor, Alfred Kroeber, made a mission of the “cultural documentation and salvage” of what he considered the fading of local Native American lifestyles, writes Ira Jacknis, a research anthropologist at the Hearst Museum.


Beyond explaining past societies, food catalogs can be resources for future research. Recently, a professor from UC Davis, Kat Anderson, received federal funding to review and identify the edible plants in the Hearst Museum's collection. From the decades-old plants may come all kinds of insights about Californian ecology, which is especially vital as the climate rapidly changes. According to Jacknis, “We need collections like this to tell us what the local environment was once like and may be again, with proper restoration efforts.”

Sharing shelf space with dozens of artifacts in an out-of-the-way gallery, the Met’s beefcase exemplifies how food objects and (once-) edible antiquities have tended to play second fiddle to mummies, art, and other higher-profile artifacts. But over the past few decades, food has aroused both popular and academic interest, and museums have increasingly displayed their food offerings to a fascinated public. In the ‘90s, Jacknis himself curated an exhibition, “Food in California Indian Culture.” The exhibition included one of his favorite artifacts, a handful of dried smelt (small bony fish) given by Minnie Franks, a Yurok woman, to Barrett in 1960. “We enclosed these little fish in a plexiglass tray, lying on a bed of sand,” he says. Almost two decades later, local indigenous California cuisine is back in the news, as Berkeley’s own Cafe Ohlone is receiving rave reviews as an establishment sourcing and serving Native American cuisine.


As for the British Museum’s Chinese pastries, a decade ago they toured the country as part of an exhibition on China. They aren't on display currently, since they are breathtakingly fragile. But according to Dr. Yu-Ping Luk, the British Museum’s curator of the Central Asian collection, guests are amazed when they see them. “It is remarkable to think that they [survived] from the eighth century,” she writes in an email. “They look like little treats that we could imagine eating today, especially the jam-filled tartlets or the one rolled like a pretzel.”

These reactions likely stem, in large part, from the improbability of something edible lasting several millennia past its expiration date. In a blog post, conservator Bronwen Harries pointed out that at the Horniman Museum in England, many food items in their collection, from their Polish cheese horse to their adorable bread eagle, were dried out and not meant to be eaten in the first place.


As for the Hearst Museum’s collection, notes Jacknis, preservation of organic materials boils down to keeping them in glass jars and monitoring them for pests. Patch, quoting mummy expert Salima Ikram’s book Divine Creatures, says that it’s unclear if meat mummies such as the Met's beefcase were cooked in advance or preserved raw. Regardless, the meat has been around for 3,500 years, and it’s not going anywhere, seeing as it’s completely dried out and the climate-control system inside the Met is optimized for long-term preservation.

In the end, though, “it’s difficult to predict how long objects will last,” she says. That goes for any artifact, edible or not. But as long as these foods stick around, objects as simple as pastries can, as Dr. Luk notes, “bring us close to the lives” of the people who made them long ago.

09 Sep 19:16

Sleater-Kinney : nouveau clip

by Olivier

for Alan

Sleater-Kinney dévoile le clip de “Can I Go On”, extrait de de The Center Won’t Hold.

Chronique de l’album à lire dans notre n°49 en kiosque actuellement, et interview dans notre n°50 disponible à partir du 14 septembre.

08 Sep 13:16

Bardo Pond / Violet Phase / Antigua of North America at JB’s 10/5/19

by admin

Bardo Pond, the civl servants of music, 3 concerts a year, during the holidays laughing

Please join us for an evening of electric levitations!

Tickets here

08 Sep 13:13

Alien Rock in Edinburgh, Scotland

Climbing walls reaching to the high ceilings of the church.

The Leith neighborhood of Edinburgh has been the site of many urban redevelopment initiatives in the last few decades, to the degree that one such proposal played heavily into the plot of the movie T2: Trainspotting, which was partially set in Leith. Alien Rock is one of the most peculiar real-life developments in this area. 

Alien Rock is a unique indoor climbing center housed in a historic house of worship. Construction on the church began in 1843 and was completed 40 years later. The church was known by various names such as Newhaven Free Church and Newhaven St. Andrew's Parish Church before being vacated in the 1970s. Two decades later, it was sold and remodeled into Alien Rock, which opened in 1994 as one of Scotland's first indoor climbing spaces.

With assistance from the United States-based organization Xhurches, which deals with the transformation of church buildings into various other uses, most of the church's interior structures were removed to accommodate the climbing walls, which reach all the way up the building's high ceilings. Xhurches also supported a similar church-to-climbing gym transformation in Sherbrooke, Quebec, called Vertige Escalade. The projects are a creative example of repurposing heritage places into new spaces by making use of their existing infrastructure.

06 Sep 01:51

In the Pyrenees Mountains, It’s Bears vs. Sheep vs. Humans

by Sabrina Imbler

This summer, a brown bear named Claverina has been the talk of the Pyrenees, the mountains that form a natural border between Spain and France. She has been busy, killing eight sheep on the Spanish side of the mountain range. Along the way, Claverina has stoked the fires of a decades-old European debate about shepherds and bears, as well as the people and parties that seek to protect the bears, Phys reported last month. And while the answer might seem simple—stop bears from killing sheep—the reality is much more complicated.

The Pyrenees aren’t really facing a conflict between people and bears, says Guillaume Chapron, a wildlife ecologist at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences who studies human relationships with large carnivores. The conflict is between people who do not tolerate the bears and other people who want to conserve them. The issue is local, Chapron says, but it has global implications. “As soon as we have some species that some people don’t want to preserve and we let those species go extinct, we accelerate the biodiversity crisis,” he says. “That means preserving brown bears even if that makes some people unhappy.”

Hence Claverina. Eurasian brown bears remain common in Northern Europe and Russia, but in the Pyrenees they were hunted nearly to extinction in the 1990s, according to The New York Times. So last October, an anesthetized Claverina and another female bear, Sorita, were helicoptered in from Slovenia as the most reintroduction of wild bears to the Pyrenees. It was the latest in a string of French-led reintroductions over the last 20 years. Recent estimates suggest the Pyrenees support a population of around 40 to 50 bears, compared to Slovenia’s booming population of over 500.


After their release, the bears wear tracking devices so conservationists can monitor where they go and what, if anything, they attack. Claverina is the more adventurous of the two, while Sorita stayed on the French side of the mountains and gave birth to two cubs, the BBC reported. Angry farmers staged a protest in August with signs that read “Bears, the ruin of the rural world,” Phys reported. According to Chapron, this contingent is “small but very vocal.”

France has a legal obligation to protect the bears because of the European Union Habitats Directive, Chapron goes on. Bear hunting has been illegal since 1962, putting shepherds in a bit of a bind. There is only so much they can do to protect their flock from prowling bears, as acquiring additional fences and guards (both human and mastiff) gets expensive. The bears are omnivores by nature, feeding mostly on roots, fruits, or various prey, Chapron says. But dry summers leave the bears with scant options to build up fat sources for hibernation, which may be why Claverina went after the sheep.

More often than not, though, the bears are not harming sheep by devouring them. In June, more than 250 sheep died after running from a bear and over the edge of a cliff, according to Phys. As of August 22, more than 600 sheep have died, mostly as a result of similarly ill-fated cliff escapes, Phys reports. (Exit, one might say, pursued by a bear). The deaths over the past two years have increased “exponentially,” sheep farmer Olivier Maurin told Radio France Internationale.


The French government, which compensates farmers who lose sheep to bears, recommends keeping sheep locked up in pens overnight. But farmers say this compensation is not enough, and locking up the sheep would put an end to the herds’ traditional summer migration across mountain pastures.

Chapron sees an inconsistency between France’s reluctance to protect its brown bears and the high conservation standards the country calls for other countries, such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Mozambique. In 2015, for example, France banned the import of lion hunt trophies in an attempt to stanch poaching in Zimbabwe. In those countries, humans live alongside carnivores much more dangerous to people, such as lions and leopards. “France is the fifth economic power in the world, but it is not able to live with 40 brown bears?” he says.


According to Chapron, the largest threats to Europe’s shepherds are economic, not ursine. In the 1980s, France tried to protect its sheep farming industry with boycotts of lamb imported from New Zealand. But after the French secret service sank Greenpeace’s ship Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand, which had planned on protesting French nuclear tests in the Mururoa Atoll, the United Nations ordered France not to interfere with New Zealand's trade negotiations. As a result, France had to keep its homegrown sheep farming industry afloat with subsidies, according to a 1986 story in The New York Times.

For now, at least, Claverina isn’t going anywhere. In the eyes of Chapron and other conservationists, the best possible future for farmers, bears, and sheep in the Pyrenees is one of coexistence. It's a middle ground between resurgence and disappearance. “The notion of coexistence implies some level of conflict,” he says. “The challenge is to make sure that we keep coexisting, and this does not drift toward the eradication of farming or toward the eradication of bears.”

06 Sep 01:49

Computer Museum of America in Roswell, Georgia

Wall of Byte magazines.

Having access to a computer, be it mobile or stationary, is essential to most people's everyday lives. People often tend to forget just how far we've come in terms of technological prowess when paying bills, listening to a '60s psychedelic rock playlist, or buying last-minute toilet paper from an online service.

Visiting the Computer Museum of America is an illuminating experience into the history of the technology. You'll discover how past generations processed information, early forms of computers, and just how humanity managed to land a person on the Moon.

With its enormous—and growing—collection of vintage supercomputers, personal computers, computer peripherals, and general computer memorabilia, you're sure to find something truly impressive. Whether it be the revolutionary original Pong cabinet, the world-famous Apple II, or if you're into some of the more deep-cuts, the large selection of Cray high-performance computers, perhaps you'll have a better understanding of just how important the world of computing is.

18 Aug 19:31

Rolling Bridge in London, England

Rolling Bridge

In 2002, Heatherwick Studio was commissioned to design a bridge as part of the redevelopment of Paddington Basin. The new bridge would need to carry pedestrians across a narrow inlet of the main canal, while also allowing the passage of boats when necessary.

The studio, founded by acclaimed English designer Thomas Heatherwick, could have gone with a more traditional option, such as a swing bridge, a lifting bridge, or a rigid retractable bridge. But instead, they designed a structure that, as far as we know, is the only bridge of its kind in the world.

Opened in 2004, the Rolling Bridge uses a curling motion to extend and retract across the span of the canal. It’s a wonderfully organic motion; think of a leaf unfurling, or a caterpillar curling up, or the fingers of your hand closing to form a fist, and you’ll have a good idea of how the bridge opens and closes.

The Rolling Bridge is about 39 feet long and consists of eight triangular sections. When extended and lying flat across the canal, it looks like a fairly nondescript rigid bridge. But it is only attached to one bank. When put into action, hydraulic rams set into the bridge’s balustrade cause the triangular sections to lift up and close in together. As they do so, the bridge curls up as it moves towards the bank. The two ends eventually meet, forming an octagon once fully retracted.

The bridge closes in near silence, which adds to its elegance, and can also be stopped at any point during its extension or retraction. Once fully retracted, it looks like a sculpture rather than a bridge, and not dissimilar to an old water wheel.

Seeing it in motion, however, requires some planning. The bridge was initially scheduled to unfold across the canal every Wednesday and Friday at midday and every Saturday at 2 p.m. At the moment, however, its operation seems to be limited to Fridays at noon.

07 Aug 17:02

Billy Bragg criticises Morrissey for posting “white supremacist” video

by Cerys Kenneally

this is becoming crazy. In France he may be under criminal prosecution for that.

Billy Bragg has taken up another issue with Morrissey after he posted a "white supremacist" video featuring footage from Stormzy's Glastonbury headline performance.>
05 Aug 23:16

31 of the World's Most Alluring Lighthouses

by Eric Grundhauser

SHAME we have beautiful lighthouses in France

The world is home to more lighthouses than you probably ever imagined. Tall ones, short ones, new ones, old ones, shining bright or long dark, they really do have an undeniable, enduring appeal. It could be their lonely mystique, or the seaside vistas they command—or of course, their continued usefulness as maritime beacons—but whatever it is, lighthouses continue to be a source of fascination. We recently asked Atlas Obscura readers in our Community Forums to tell us about their favorite lighthouses, and the responses were nothing short of incredible.

Check out some of our favorite reader recommendations below, and if you'd like to see even more amazing lighthouses, or nominate a favorite of your own, head over to the forums and keep the conversation going!


Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse

Rockland, Maine

“My favorite true lighthouse is probably the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse.” sontaron


Koh Lanta Lighthouse

Mu Koh Lanta National Park, Thailand

“On the southern tip of the island of Koh Lanta in Thailand, there's a lighthouse in a sensational setting. On either side of it are a rocky beach and a sandy beach. With a magnificent forest surrounding all of this.” liverpoolpreetu


Fastnet Lighthouse

Fastnet Rock, Ireland

“A fave since childhood, as I saw it blinking in the nighttime. Shipping forecasts use it to reference the region. An amazing feat of granite construction from the 1890s, that was manned until 1989.” philipbee


Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

Seaside, Oregon

“I’m a big fan of ‘Terrible Tilly,’ the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse on the coast of Oregon, U.S.A.” tuckeredpup


Kjeungskjær Lighthouse

Ørland, Norway

“Three great lighthouses I have seen include the Kjeungskjær and Landegode Lighthouses in Norway. There are wonderful lighthouses all along the Norwegian coast. Also, the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia, Canada.” kld123


Kiipsaare Lighthouse

Saaremaa, Estonia

“It is the target of an unforgettable five kilometer walk.” Gradius


Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

“After many years of sailing on Chesapeake Bay, I would have to pick the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse.” Fort_Hill


Phare de Sergipe

Sergipe, Brazil



Point Pinos Lighthouse

Pacific Grove, California

“Not one of the world’s greatest perhaps, but it's the oldest [continuously operating] lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States.” Martin


St. Augustine Lighthouse

Anastasia Island, Florida

“I lived and worked under the beam of this beacon for almost ten years. It gave a genuine sense of calm at night to see it glowing over the neighborhood, despite its reputation for being haunted by a little girl. I’ll never forget the ruckus one morning when a wacko climbed to the roof in a tiger costume to promote his anti-pedophilia children’s book. I can’t make this stuff up.” Ssshannon


Wind Point Lighthouse

Racine, Wisconsin

“The Wind Point Lighthouse, near my hometown of Racine, Wisconsin, was built in 1880 and is still operating on Lake Michigan. On July 6, I got to climb to the top for the first time in my life! That’s what happens when you move away and become a tourist in your hometown.” leahkorn


Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

“I spent many hours playing on the rocks in Peggy’s Cove as a child. Now there are many tourists there during cruise ship season. A few inattentive ones still get washed off the rocks by rogue waves most years.” darbyfish50


Klein Curaçao Lighthouse

Willemstad, Curaçao

“The small island used to be a place where slaves would be held in quarantine before being brought to other islands. It is now uninhabited, and there are multiple shipwrecks littering its shores (no doubt because of the lack of functioning lighthouse).” kateelizabethbauer


Heceta Head Lighthouse

Florence, Oregon

“I am very partial to the Heceta Head Lighthouse near Florence, Oregon. They have a terrific bed and breakfast that is part of the property. You stay in the Keeper’s Cottage. They serve a fine multi-course breakfast that is well-loved and impressive… yeah, but THAT LIGHTHOUSE!” caliboy


Cape Finisterre Lighthouse

Galicia, Spain

“Finisterre, at the end of the Camino de Santiago (and the westernmost point on mainland Europe), in Galicia, Spain. Great sunsets!” dwilkinsboise


Abrolhos Lighthouse

Bahia, Brazil

“This is Abrolhos Lighthouse, in Bahia, northeastern Brazil, some 36 miles offshore, and signaling the largest coral reef bank in the South Atlantic. It was built in the late 19th century as many along the Brazilian coast, and boasts a beautiful Fresnel lens.” josepalazzo


Point Arena Light

Mendocino County, California

“For anyone who is a fan of lighthouses, a visit to the Point Arena Lighthouse in California is a bucket list item. It sticks out about two miles into the Pacific, about 150 miles north of San Francisco, and has several houses for rent. It’s great for whale watching and for general chilling out and getting away from everything. We’ve been there three times and can’t wait to go back.” predsontheglass


Cape Canaveral Light

Cape Canaveral, Florida

“Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Florida. Erected in 1868. Once very isolated, it is now located among the missile launch pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The lighthouse is now owned and maintained by the U.S. Air Force. The light itself is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.” jacksonmcdonald


Reykjanes Lighthouse

Reykjanesbær, Iceland

“Reykjanes Lighthouse on the southwestern point of Iceland, arguably the easternmost lighthouse in North America, as it is sits to the north and west of the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates!” thudson3055


Currituck Light

Corolla, North Carolina

“Currituck Light in North Carolina is interesting, being all brick. I always like that.” davidkk260


Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Buxton, North Carolina

“My favorite lighthouse has got to be the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Not only is it the tallest brick lighthouse, it was also moved 200 feet, 20 years ago!”meltingknight


Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Lochaber, Scotland

“Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula the most westerly point of the U.K. mainland. Very isolated by British standards. Stunningly beautiful area.” srgreen13


Chantry Island Lighthouse

Chantry Island, Ontario

“Chantry Island Lighthouse on Lake Huron! Travel up the stairs to the top of the lighthouse, turn slowly around, and look at the back half of the small island. Shock! Desolation! Black, dead trees, so many! Commodore birds in all tree branches. Creepy AF.” kimberly


Sidi Ifni Lighthouse

Sidi Ifni, Morocco

“Not the tallest, but an unusual Art Deco–style lighthouse in the former Spanish enclave of Sidi Ifni, Southern Morocco.” jethro247


Rathlin West Lighthouse

Rathlin Island, Rathlin

“Check out the Rathlin West Lighthouse, on the north coast of Ireland. Not only is it red rather than white, but it is built upside down! The light is at the bottom of the tower.”kevinlowe1502


Minot's Ledge Lighthouse

Scituate, Massachusetts

“I grew up off Minot’s Ledge upon which the lighthouse stands. It is not the original lighthouse, it’s the second one. The current lighthouse is haunted, and blinks a lovely message, ‘1-4-3,’ based on the romantic lore. The base of the lighthouse could only be built during a super low lunar tide, the only time the ledge is actually exposed.” 143chicago


Cape Byron Lighthouse

Byron Bay, Australia



Beachy Head Lighthouse

East Sussex, England

“Beachy Head Lighthouse (opened in 1902), in the English Channel.” Asta


La Corbière Lighthouse

Jersey, Channel Islands

“Corbière Lighthouse in Jersey, Channel Islands is my favorite.” helencook76


Sanibel Island Light

Sanibel, Florida



Rock Island Lighthouse

Door County, Wisconsin

“Pottawatomie Lighthouse on Rock Island, Wisconsin, is my favorite. It stands on the site of the oldest lighthouse in Wisconsin (1836) and was rebuilt in 1858. It can be toured from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.” blz68

02 Aug 18:36

Tulipe et Vache-qui-rit vous attendent dans le parc de la Villette (Paris 19e)

by Alain Delavie

it's art with a alive subject

Tulipe ou Vache-qui-rit, je ne sais pas quel est le nom de ce sympathique animal, mais c'est une des deux vaches que l'on peut découvrir en ce moment dans le parc de la Villette (Paris 19e) et ce jusqu'au 1er août 2019.

L’article Tulipe et Vache-qui-rit vous attendent dans le parc de la Villette (Paris 19e) est apparu en premier sur Paris côté jardin.

02 Aug 18:28

Des personnages de la pop culture en version minimaliste

by Kaonashi

Ce site amusant recense plusieurs images minimalistes qui représentent des personnages, à l’aide de bandes colorées. Il s’agit de deviner grâce aux couleurs, parfois aux citations associées de quels personnages il s’agit.

Librement inspiré de la campagne Lego « imagine » de 2014, le designer Jean Baptiste Bouleau sous le pseudonyme de Jybe a réalisé plusieurs autres de ces compositions triées par thème allant du cinéma à la bédé en passant par les jeux vidéos ou les super héros.

On peut retrouver d’autres images du même genre sur ses pages Twitter et Facebook.

01 Aug 21:41

Ride : nouvel album, second extrait en écoute

by Olivier

(c) Ogilvy Photography

Ride vient de mettre en écoute un nouvel extrait de son second album post-reformation This Is Not A Safe Place qui sortira  le 16 août chez Wichita Recordings.

Le voici :

Le premier :

28 Jul 16:17

@800down ⚫️ #sharkweeks almost here😳🦈 📷|| @africajohn #deepseacreatures #sharks #seacreatures

@800down ⚫️ #sharkweeks almost here😳🦈 📷|| @africajohn #deepseacreatures #sharks #seacreatures
26 Jul 00:21

20 best tomato recipes: part 4

by Gabriel Pryce, Marcella Hazan, Jessica B Harris, Elizabeth David, Anna Jones, Jeremy Lee

recipes in english it sucks

The only tomato sauce you’ll ever need, Elizabeth David’s tomatoes provençales plus a bonus cocktail – the last in our series of tasty tomato dishes

My head chef, Spasia Dinkovski, and I were able to get the most amazing, very small, box of the best tomatoes one day at our sandwich shop, Bodega Rita’s. When tomatoes that good come along, you need to let them take centre stage. They need minimal support – but the most delicious bread helps. (Also, don’t keep tomatoes in the fridge!) There are a few bits of cooking involved here but everything must be at room temperature when building the sandwich.

Continue reading...
25 Jul 07:55

27 Inspiring Bridges That Are Worth Going Out of Your Way to Cross

by Eric Grundhauser

Let's be thankful that the world (and life, amirite?) is full of valleys, chasms, rivers, and streams that need to be crossed, because otherwise we wouldn't have so many incredible bridges. From towering railway spans to crumbling historic foot crossings, bridges manage to be both awe-inspiring monuments to human ingenuity and essential geographic connections. We recently asked Atlas Obscura readers over in our Community forums to tell us about the most incredible and memorable bridges they've ever encountered, and the response was staggering.

Take a look at some of our favorite submissions below, and if you have a beloved bridge of your own that you'd like to recommend, head over to the forums and keep the conversation going. Bridges make it easier to get from here to there, and they also make it hard not to stop and stare.


Smolen-Gulf Bridge

Ashtabula, Ohio

“If you’re after bridges, you need to check out Ohio. There’s the Zanesville Y-bridge, the Ashtabula, Ohio bridge, which is the longest covered bridge in the U.S., and the Germantown covered bridge, possibly the only one of its type still standing in the world.” sontaron


Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge

South Carolina

“I’m going to pass on the more popular targets and go with a semi-local one for me. The Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge opened in 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina, and is the third longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. It replaced two old bridges that were well past their respective expiration dates. In addition to its eight lanes of traffic, it also has pedestrian and bike lanes. She’s also quite photogenic. We’re all very proud of her here in South Carolina.” Bacon_McBeardy


Sydney Harbor Bridge

Sydney, Australia

“I did the BridgeClimb eight years ago. Remember it like yesterday! They don’t let you bring anything loose with you up there, in case you drop it on the road below. But they do take a group picture standing at the very top. I still have the ball cap that you get with a lanyard at the back that attaches to your special jumpsuit. But I do have a few pictures from the bridge pylon which you can also go up to get a great view. You can see the groups climbing up and all the ladders and catwalks from pretty close.” Fly_Ted


Centennial Bridge


“Here’s Panama’s Centennial Bridge crossing the Panama Canal. Opened in 2004, it is one of only two permanent spans across the canal, the other being the Bridge of the Americas, which opened in 1962. The Centennial is a cable-stayed bridge with 128 cables stretching over a span of 430 meters (1,400 feet).” NJK


Lions Gate Bridge

Vancouver, British Columbia

“Well, you’ve hit on my unabridged passion. I could nerd out on bridges for hours (and often do…). I even have a reputation in my family: my brother once biked the West Coast to California and on the way he sent me a postcard of the bridge in Newport, Oregon, having written on it, ‘for my bridge-lovin’ bro.’ I’ve always had an interest in engineering and big civil projects. It’s fun to learn about these structures and figure out how they were built. Bridges in particular are usually so iconic and impressive, not to mention crucial. I’ll always go out of my way to check out a cool bridge. [I like the] Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver. It’s one of those bridges that ends up seeming a lot smaller and kind of dinky once you’re there in person. But fortunately that doesn’t take away from the beauty.” Fly_Ted


Swarkestone Bridge

Derbyshire, England

“Swarkestone Bridge in Derbyshire, England is nearly a mile long, made of crumbly sandstone and is 700 years old. It’s an impressive sight, winding its way across a marshy flood plain on the River Trent, and still carrying two lanes of heavy traffic!” — Capemarsh


Malleco Viaduct


“I also love the Malleco Viaduct Railway in Chile’s Araucania Region, it looks like a giant, bright yellow Meccano set, and was once the world’s highest railway bridge. The fact that it has withstood some of the world’s largest earthquakes in its 125-year history is pretty impressive!” Capemarsh


Punakha Suspension Bridge

Punakha, Bhutan

“[This] suspension bridge in Punakha, Bhutan.” Max_Cortesi


Puente del Rey

Madrid, Spain

“At the opposite end of the spectrum, here’s Puente del Rey (the King’s Bridge), built between 1617 and 1634 to replace a previous wooden structure, in the historical site of Old Panama.” La_Belle_Gigi


New River Gorge Bridge

Fayetteville, West Virginia

“I have been awed by the New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. It replaced a long, switchbacked descent down one side of the gorge, a short, low bridge crossing, then a switchbacked ascent up the other side. It replaced what probably took 15-20 minutes with a few seconds crossing at highway speeds.” pnorloff


Bixby Creek Bridge

Big Sur, California

“The Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur, California, is the closest notable bridge to me at about 15 miles (24km) south of where I live. I gained a new appreciation for it a few months ago when, by pure chance, I met a man whose grandfather was the construction superintendent on the bridge when it was built in 1932.” Martin


Lake Pontchartrain Causeway


“How could I have forgotten my own city’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway? It is the longest bridge over water in the world. There’s a point in the middle when you can’t see land on either side that always make me feel a little weird.” kermitforg


Puente Nuevo

Ronda, Spain

“Undisputed king of all bridges (or queen?) is in my mind the Puente Nuevo in Ronda, Spain. Aside from its striking scale, the height of the striking white walls of the buildings in the city compared to the countryside full of olive trees and sunflower fields is breathtaking. Bonus waterfall.” aliceweintraut


Millau Viaduct

Creissels, France

“How about the most beautiful bridge in the world? Viaduc de Millau!” nancysid1225


Royal Gorge Bridge

Cañon City, Colorado

“I haven’t been here since I was a kid, but it’s one amazing bridge with one amazing view.” jennifer303030


Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge

Brasília, Brazil

“Check out the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge in Brasília/Brazil. esthergf


Vizcaya Bridge

Biscay, Spain

“Probably my favorite bridge ever is the Puente de Vizcaya/Puente Colgante/Bizkaiko Zubia that spans the Ibaizabal River/Nervión Estuary in the Basque Country of Spain. It’s actually the oldest transporter bridge in the world, and one of the few that’s still functioning and transporting passengers to the other side of the river. It opened in 1893, designed by Alberto Palacio, along with Ferdinand Amodin, both of whom studied under Gustave Eiffel, in order to connect the baths that were on both sides of the river so that the bourgeois who lived in the Getxo side of the river could also visit the baths on the working-class side. It was built with the transporter cables in the style it is so that ships and boats could pass through, as Bilbao was a capital of the European shipbuilding and iron working industry up until the 1970s or so. It’s really an incredible monument, and it fascinates me every single time I go back to visit.” spanishevenstar


Forth Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland

“I’m surprised nobody has mentioned the Forth Rail Bridge crossing the Firth of Forth just outside Edinburgh in Scotland. One of the most iconic bridges in the world, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking…” andrewcraven


Erasmus Bridge

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

“I didn’t see anything about the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam. It is an impressive structure across the New Meuse and designed by Ben van Berkel.” feathrd1


Evergreen Point Floating Bridge

Seattle, Washington

“In Washington state , we have three floating bridges; the Governor Albert D. Rossellini Bridge (also called the Evergreen Point Bridge) is the longest in the world. It and another one go across Lake Washington from Seattle to Bellevue and other former bedroom communities. The third spans the Hood Canal northwest of Seattle, bridging the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula. On the other end of the successful bridge spectrum is the Tacoma Narrows Bridge just south of Seattle. It’s now a beautiful double span, but many of you know it as ‘Galloping Gertie’ from the footage of it collapsing in 1940. I cross it twice a day from Gig Harbor to Tacoma, and the galloping part is never far from my thoughts.” — SMRichmond


Vulci Bridge

Montalto di Castro, Italy

“Northwest of Rome, but still in Lazio is the stunning medieval bridge at Vulci, with Etruscan stonework at the base of the supports. A small castle overlooks the bridge and houses an Etruscan museum, since Vulci was originally the site of the ancient Etruscan city of Velzna.” Velthur


Seven Mile Bridge


“Seven Mile Bridge, from Miami to Key West. Not famous for soaring heights or impressive trestles, Seven Mile Bridge is just that… just miles and miles of tropical paradise.” kfidei


San Diego–Coronado Bridge


“I love driving over the Coronado Bridge from San Diego to Coronado (not as good driving in the other direction). It is also beautiful to see from the left seats of an airplane when landing at nearby Lindbergh Field airport.” kld123


Victoria Falls Bridge


“My favourite, and you can call me biased if you like, is still the Victoria Falls Bridge straddling between Zimbabwe and Zambia. An engineering marvel, especially in 1905 when it was completed. Large pieces were built in the U.K. and brought in to be assembled from both sides of a 100 meter gorge (with the Zambezi River roaring below— known for class 5 rapids). The story of its construction and the little town is fascinating. Oh, and the view from the bridge is of the deep gorge below on the one side, and then part of the Victoria Falls on the other side. Not bad. And if you feel like a little adrenaline rush, you can bungee jump from the middle of the bridge.” — fanichido


Python Bridge

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“The Python Bridge in Amsterdam is my favorite for the moment, but there are many awesome bridges around, judging from the photos I’ve seen of others. I managed to cross this bridge! As I have vertigo, that is a major accomplishment, even if I do say so myself…” bee9


Øresund Bridge


“The most amazing bridge I’ve been on is half bridge, half tunnel, between Denmark and Sweden. An exhilarating experience, to be sure.” bertshetler


Mackinac Bridge


“The marvelous Mighty Mac… The longest, and most beautiful suspension bridge in this hemisphere.” gericar

Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

11 Jul 18:06

English women reclaim bricks from a building bombed by the Nazis. This photo was published by The New York Times on June 1, 1941, shortly after the Blitz finally ended. At the time, the British government was eager to promote images of resilience like this one, which ran with a small note reading “passed by British censor.” England’s resolve in the face of the relentless nightly bombings would become legendary, and Hitler, surprised and vexed, would turn his attention to invading Russia. Photo Credit: The New York Times. #nytarchives

English women reclaim bricks from a building bombed by the Nazis. This photo was published by The New York Times on June 1, 1941, shortly after the Blitz finally ended. At the time, the British government was eager to promote images of resilience like this one, which ran with a small note reading “passed by British censor.” England’s resolve in the face of the relentless nightly bombings would become legendary, and Hitler, surprised and vexed, would turn his attention to invading Russia. Photo Credit: The New York Times. #nytarchives
09 Jul 17:06

Africa’s Only Caviar Comes From a Lake in the Highlands of Madagascar

by Sabrina Imbler

I don't know if you've ever heard about this sentence: in France we don't have oil but we have ideas. It was very popular in the 70ies.
Although we have caviar too, near Bordeaux (caviar d'Aquitaine). And now we grow caviar in Africa. We are kings!

One of the rarest, most luxurious crops in Madagascar is isolated in one artificial lake deep in the country’s highlands. Located about 40 miles from the capital, Antananarivo, and home to a burgeoning community of farmed sturgeon, the picturesque Lake Mantasoa has become Africa’s first and only source of caviar.

The farm, called Rova Caviar Madagascar, is the brainchild of three French entrepreneurs: Delphyne and Christophe Dabezies and their partner, Alexandre Guerrier, according to Agence France-Presse. Rova joins a growing number of sustainable caviar farms that have emerged in response to shrinking wild populations and the 2006 ban on worldwide trade in wild caviar, according to New Scientist.

In 2013 Rova’s first batch of fertilized sturgeon eggs imported from Russia hatched in a special nursery facility by the lake, according to the company site. But because sturgeon take years to mature Rova didn’t sell its first crop of caviar until June 2017.

Rova farms five varieties of sturgeon, each of which produces a distinct kind of caviar. That first batch came from the commonly farmed Siberian sturgeon, which can mature in just five years—relatively fast for a sturgeon. By comparison, most species of the fish take anywhere from eight to 20 years to produce eggs. Rova also farms Russian sturgeon, Beluga sturgeon, bare-bellied sturgeon, and Persicus sturgeon, though none of these species will mature for several more years.

When the fry grow to a quarter of an ounce at the Mantasoa farm, they’re moved from the hatchery building to nearby freshwater ponds. When they reach one pound, they’re moved again, this time to one of 30 cages in the lake itself.


Madagascar has yet to make a splash in the global caviar market, which is dominated by China, Italy, and France. But Mantasoa caviar is enticingly affordable, at just $144 for 100 grams. By comparison, Calvisius Caviar, one of the leading Italian caviar companies, sells 100 grams of Siberian caviar for $250; its most expensive caviar, Beluga, runs around $570 for 100 grams.

Much of Rova's first crop was sold to luxury shops and restaurants on Madagascar and the neighboring islands of Mauritius, Seychelles, and Reunion, AFP reports.

Madagascar, an extraordinarily biodiverse island-nation, may seem like an unusual place to import new species. But as a lake-bound fish, the sturgeon do not pose a threat to the surrounding terrestrial ecosystems. And the human-made Lake Mantasoa is filled only by rainwater, so there’s no way for the sturgeon to escape into a natural freshwater system.

“Madagascar has an exceptional environment that produces rare crops such as cocoa, vanilla, organic shrimp, and lychees,” Delphyne Dabezies told AFP. “We thought we could add caviar.”

Elsewhere in the world, the lucrative market for caviar continues to threaten wild populations of sturgeon, according to a new report published in February by TRAFFIC, a nonprofit that monitors wildlife trade. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies 16 of the world’s 27 sturgeon species as critically endangered. Many are threatened by illegal poaching.

To help preserve their crop’s wild counterparts, some caviar farms, such as the Florida-based Sturgeon Aquafarms, release farm-fertilized eggs into the wild to help bolster endangered populations.

“A lot of people laughed at us,” Dabezies told AFP. “But we took the time to prove that this is serious.”

09 Jul 17:04

Museo de Geología (Museum of the Institute of Geology) in Mexico City, Mexico

Allende meteorite.

On February 8, 1969, at 1:05 a.m., a meteorite fell in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, lighting the sky with a brilliant fireball and falling to the ground in pieces. It’s the largest carbonaceous chondrite ever found on Earth. Today, the chunk of space rock it is known as "the most studied meteorite in history."

The meteorite, dubbed the Allende meteorite after the location near which it fell, was the size of a car and traveled a speed of more than 10 miles per second. After gathering bits of the fallen meteorite, scientists determined it contains materials that are 4.567 billion years old—30 million years older than the Earth itself.

Some pieces of the meteorite are displayed in the meteorite room of the Museo de Geología de la UNAM (the Museum of the Institute of Geology). Though the meteorite is a magnificent specimen to view, it isn’t the only object worth admiring.

The museum also houses a crystal fragment from the Naica Mine; examples of
Legrandite and Vanadinite, two unique minerals discovered in Mexico; samples of ash and volcanic rock from Paricutín, the first volcano modern scientists were able to document the full life cycle of; and a clock with a dial made with meteorite dust.

The museum’s most-visited room is the Fossils Hall, which shows insects preserved in amber and megafauna remains. The crown jewel of this room is the duck-billed dinosaur, a beast first discovered in Mexico. A fragment of its femur is displayed next to a reconstruction of the dinosaur; the rest of its bones remain in conservation within the museum.

The building itself has its own history, too. It was built in the 19th century to house the Institute of Geology and was made with volcanic rocks. Its facade shows dinosaur skeletons carved in stone. The lobby recalls the mosaics of Pompeii and features stained glass and oil paintings with themes from the Positivist school of thought.

28 Jun 20:24

The first New York Pride March wasn't called Pride: It was the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, held on June 28, 1970 — the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Our photographer Michael Evans captured some of the thousands of people who marched from Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village up 6th Avenue to Central Park, where the parade ended with a "Gay-In" in Sheep Meadow. At a time when being gay was still officially categorized as a “mental disorder,” the parade was a rare opportunity for LGBTQ people to publicly express the love and strength of their community. “We have to come out into the open and stop being ashamed, or else people will go on treating us as freaks," the activist Michael Brown told #nytimes. "This march is an affirmation and declaration of our new pride.” Link to story in bio. #nytarchives

The first New York Pride March wasn't called Pride: It was the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, held on June 28, 1970 — the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Our photographer Michael Evans captured some of the thousands of people who marched from Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village up 6th Avenue to Central Park, where the parade ended with a "Gay-In" in Sheep Meadow. At a time when being gay was still officially categorized as a “mental disorder,” the parade was a rare opportunity for LGBTQ people to publicly express the love and strength of their community. “We have to come out into the open and stop being ashamed, or else people will go on treating us as freaks," the activist Michael Brown told #nytimes. "This march is an affirmation and declaration of our new pride.” Link to story in bio. #nytarchives
28 Jun 02:50

The Mysterious Magic of Waterfalls

by MessyNessy
The Mysterious Magic of Waterfalls
The Seven Sisters (Syv Sostre), a mountain range on the island of Alsten in Norway. Photographed by
27 Jun 07:09

Inside IKEA’s Laboratory of Futuristic Foods

by Rohini Chaki

we ll have an ikea inside paris soon
won t sell big objects only things you can bring back by tube
an urban ikea

In a blue-and-white building in the trendy Meatpacking District of Copenhagen, next to Neo-Nordic seafood bars, fika-forward cafés, and a former Noma chef’s taqueria, lies Space10, a research and innovation laboratory. Inside, scientists, architects, designers, and culinary professionals collaborate on vertical farming domes, open-sourced designs for sustainable micro-homes, and burgers made with worms and beetroot. Housed in a former fish market, this is IKEA’s laboratory of futuristic invention.

Space10 was co-founded in 2015 by Carla Cammilla Hjort, a former professional dancer, DJ, and designer, and Simon Caspersen, a former documentary filmmaker. In 2014, IKEA invited Hjort to do a presentation attended by Inter IKEA’s CEO, Torbjörn Lööf. Hjort’s talk led to a successful collaboration between her design studio, ArtRebels, and IKEA. Together they launched Bråkig (Swedish for brat), a limited-release furniture collection for young urbanites. According to Hjort, in an interview with Startup Guide, Lööf was so impressed that he asked her to start a project to “create a better IKEA for the future.”


“The fact that the CEO of one of the biggest retailers asked me if I wanted to make the world a better place … I was so happy,” she said. She got Caspersen on board, and the duo brainstormed what they now call a “future-living lab.” After a six-hour pitch to Lööf, Space10 was born. Hjort and Caspersen asked for (and received) three years of initial funding to conduct market research and trend analysis before having to come up with a deliverable.

IKEA’s stated mission is to improve people’s everyday lives. If affordable furniture is a small step in that direction, Space10 aims for the giant leap. The lab’s projects include SolarVille, a working prototype of a miniature neighborhood powered entirely by solar energy, open-sourced furniture designs that would allow anyone to furnish a workplace by using reclaimed materials and local production, and surveys that explore the future of co-living. But just as IKEA is invested in expanding their food business, and known for their Swedish meatballs, Space10 has prioritized projects that explore the future of food.


If breaking down and building is at the core of IKEA, at Space10, this driving force was unleashed in a reconception of the meatball. In a 2015 project titled “Tomorrow’s Meatball,” Space10 envisioned a lab-grown artificial meatball, a 3D-printed meatball, and a crispy bug ball, among others. Key environmental statistics spurred the re-vision. A third of the food the world produces goes to waste, and the UN reports that we need to produce 70 percent more food by 2050. In 2016, Space10’s Chief Innovation Officer, Guillaume Cherny-Brunet, unveiled the meatballs at a pop-up exhibit in a fashionable, low-lit event space in New York City.


While projects such as "Tomorrow’s Meatball" remain experimental, IKEA is actively launching new food products that aim to reduce carbon footprint and recognize public health and animal welfare as interlinked concerns. The company has pushed for better animal welfare standards, introduced plant-based prepared foods (including veggie meatballs and hot dogs), and, this month, launched a line of vegan strawberry soft serve for the European market. The vegan ices, made with fruit purees, have half the carbon footprint of ice cream containing dairy, IKEA says.


Other projects at Space10 follow this decarbonizing agenda. There’s the Growroom, an open-source, food-producing architectural dome that functions as an urban farm—a bid to grow food closer to the point of consumption. The Growroom has a Creative Commons license, and within weeks of its launch, urban farmers were setting up growrooms in Helsinki, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Seoul, and Sydney. Another dome, which looks like it belongs in a children’s playground, is devoted to fast-growing algae that could serve as livestock feed or address malnutrition. Conveniently, protein-rich microalgae reduce greenhouse gases by absorbing carbon dioxide and converting it into oxygen.


In the lab’s test kitchen, chef Simón Perez has turned to spirulina, a microalgae that was common in Aztec cooking, to make algae chips, bouillon, and a meat-less hot dog topped with pickled mustard seeds and chives, a beetroot-black currant ketchup, curried mayo, and a garnish of crispy onions and microgreens. Other creations include a bug burger made of beets, mealworm, parsnips, and potatoes, and a “Holy Mole Taco” made with perch, a fish the lab staff raised using aquaponics, an indoor-farming system in which the fishes’ waste fertilizes herbs and vegetables in a separate but connected tank.


Is this a culinary moonshot, or a prescient look at the future of food? Space10’s redesigns have precedents in the form of, say, Soylent—the meal-replacement drink. But the Space10 concept of fast food seems more accessible and certainly more marketable than a sludgy, beige liquid. Trust IKEA to make eating worms feel woke. As for Space10’s algae domes and urban-farming infrastructure, there remain technical concerns (a fear of waterborne infections wiping out an entire harvest) and the question of whether they can scale to feed entire cities.


In the meantime, though, Space10 test kitchen inventions are being documented in a cookbook, Future Food Today, which will be released in Europe in May, and internationally in June.

25 Jun 13:21

Norway Will Finally Return Thousands of Artifacts to Easter Island

by Sabrina Imbler

In 1955, the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl voyaged to Rapa Nui, the ancestral name of Easter Island, and collected many things: tiny carved sculptures, a stone axe, even human skulls. Though Heyerdahl promised to return the items to Rapa Nui as soon as he had analyzed them and published his findings, his death in 2002 stranded the artifacts in Oslo’s Kon-Tiki Museum, over 8,800 miles away from their home.

Now, 17 years after Heyerdahl’s death, the Norwegian government has finally agreed to return the objects to the indigenous Rapa Nui people, the first inhabitants of Easter Island, a Chilean island in the South Pacific. Last week, Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja signed an agreement with representatives from the Chilean ministry of culture, marking the beginning of what will likely be a long process of repatriation.

The agreement specifies that the artifacts must be returned to a “well-equipped museum,” according to the ministry’s press release. Heyerdahl’s son, Thor Heyerdahl Jr., also attended the signing and told Smithsonian that the human remains would be prioritized in the repatriation process. The Kon-Tiki museum will retain most of its other artifacts, including the original Kon-Tiki raft as well as maps and exploratory materials the explorer used to navigate in his overseas expeditions.


The Kon-Tiki Museum derives its name from a seemingly impossible 1947 journey that made the hunky and intrepid Heyerdahl an international sensation. Heyerdahl and a crew of five crossed the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Polynesia on a makeshift raft crafted from balsa wood, bamboo, and rope—all technology available to pre-Columbian America—in order to prove the explorer’s hypothesis that ancient South Americans could have settled Polynesia using similar voyaging methods. The crew survived the journey, eating flying fish that heaved themselves onboard as well as the occasional shark. Heyerdahl’s theory was ultimately disproved by DNA research indicating that the first settlers Polynesia originated from Southeast Asia.

In his two voyages to Easter Island, Heyerdahl complicated several myths about the enormous stone sculptures known as moai, according to the Kon-Tiki Museum. For the indigenous Rapa Nui, moai represent the faces of specific ancestors. Though many believed the moai at Rapa Nui’s Rano Raraku quarry only depicted gigantic heads, Heyerdahl’s team excavated the statues and discovered each head sat upon an even more gigantic torso. In his second voyage, Heyerdahl attempted to solve the age-old quandary of how such enormous sculptures could have been moved to their final locations. He and 16 local residents tied ropes around the 15-ton head and dragged it a short distance by twisting the rope back and forth, resulting in a moai that moved in a shuffling kind of “walk.”

The Kon-Tiki agreement marks the first positive resolution of several of Chile’s ongoing repatriation battles. In August 2018, the Chilean government worked with the Rapa Nui people to petition the British Museum to return the seven-foot-tall Moai called Hoa Hakananai’a, or “the stolen or hidden friend.” Hoa Hakananai’a was removed without permission from the island in 1868 by the British Royal Navy as a present for Queen Victoria, who went on to donate the sculpture to the museum. “We want the museum to understand that the moai are our family, not just rocks,” Anakena Manutomatoma, a member of the Rapa Nui delegation pushing for Hoa Hakananai’a’s repatriation, told The Guardian. “For us [the statue] is a brother; but for them it is a souvenir or an attraction.”

In November 2018, representatives from the Chilean government met with officials at the museum to discuss the possibility of loaning the statue (a full return does not seem to be on the bargaining table). One possible proposal floated by the Rapa Nui delegation would replace the original statue in the museum with a duplicate, carved by the indigenous sculptor Benedicto Tuki, according to Artnet. While no concrete resolutions emerged from the meeting, museum authorities accepted an invitation to travel to Rapa Nui for follow-up talks in the coming months.

25 Jun 13:13

L’Oslo alternatif


for Simon
in case you have time to go shopping in Oslo (or eating, or on week end, ...)
AND to learn french to understand although the addresses may me understandable

by the way you could show the big city to your kid! what are you doing with your free tilme ???
L’Oslo alternatif

Traversé par la rivière Akerselva, Grünerlokka fut l’épicentre de la révolution industrielle en Norvège. Souvent comparé à Brooklyn, le quartier est devenu le plus vivant de la paisible capitale.

Par Alexandre Duyck Publié le 03 mai 2019 à 19h15

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La capitale norvégienne a été désignée capitale verte de l’Europe pour 2019.
L’Amérique au Nedre Lokka
Le bar à cocktails Nedre Lokka.
Le bar à cocktails Nedre Lokka. Nedre Lokka

Grünerlokka a longtemps été surnommé « Ny York ». Ce bar à cocktails est aménagé avec de gros canapés de cuir et des plantes grimpantes au-dessus du comptoir. Nedre Lokka aurait tout à fait sa place à Brooklyn. Les cocktails qu’on y boit racontent, à travers leurs noms, les histoires du quartier ouvrier norvégien. La partie restauration est assurée à tour de rôle par des cuisiniers en résidence.

Thorvald Meyers gate, 89. Du lun. au ven., de 16 h à 1 h. Le week-end, de 16 h à 3 h.
Lire aussi Oslo, nouvelle capitale verte de l’Europe
Les fifties à Retro Lykke
Une boutique d’objets, de luminaires et de beaux vêtements des années 1950-1960 chez Retro Lykke, à Oslo.
Une boutique d’objets, de luminaires et de beaux vêtements des années 1950-1960 chez Retro Lykke, à Oslo. Asaki Abumi

On dirait une pin-up américaine des années 1950. Tonje Fagerheim tient cette boutique située dans la très chic Markveien, qui regorge de magasins vintage. Celui-ci vaut particulièrement le détour, car il fait aussi café. On y trouve des objets, des luminaires et surtout de beaux vêtements des années 1950-1960, essentiellement américains.

Markveien 35. De 9 h à 18 h du lundi au vendredi, de 10 h à 18 h le samedi, de 11 h à 18 h le dimanche.
Le mix culturel au Parkteatret
Parkteatret est à la fois un cinéma, une salle de concert et un bar, à Oslo.
Parkteatret est à la fois un cinéma, une salle de concert et un bar, à Oslo. Anne Valeur

Cet ancien cinéma, bâti en 1907, est situé sur la Olaf Ryes plass, la place principale du quartier, carrée et très élégante. Des films et des documentaires y sont encore projetés le mercredi soir, mais le lieu sert surtout de bar et de salle de concerts, pouvant accueillir 500 personnes. Programmation pop-rock essentiellement, mais aussi rockabilly, jazz et blues. Un mix de Bataclan ou d’Olympia, et d’un vieux cinéma de Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Olaf Ryes plass 11.
Un petit café chez Tim Wendelboe
Un café et maisonde torréfaction de Tim Wendelboe, à Oslo.
Un café et maisonde torréfaction de Tim Wendelboe, à Oslo. Dorothée Brand

Selon le New York Times, c’est « un troquet tenu comme un étoilé Michelin ». Le plus petit café de la ville est aussi une maison de torréfaction et porte le nom de son propriétaire. Mieux vaut ne pas y commander de bière, mais plutôt l’un des crus arabica ou robusta venus d’Afrique ou d’Amérique du Sud. Grand choix de variétés sur place et à emporter, musique jazzy douce et nombre de tables toutes riquiqui (ce qui en fait aussi le charme).

Grüners gate 1.
Article réservé à nos abonnés Lire aussi Oslo, eldorado des jeunes Suédois
Traditions à la Honse-Lovisas Hus
Le musée Honse-Lovisas Hus, à Oslo.
Le musée Honse-Lovisas Hus, à Oslo. Anne Valeur

Façade rouge et fenêtres blanches, cette maison de campagne traditionnelle date de 1800. Elle fut habitée à l’origine par un menuisier, puis baptisée en hommage à l’un des personnages de l’écrivain Oskar Braaten. Perchée sur les hauteurs du quartier, juste au bord des chutes d’eau de la rivière Akerselva, elle abrite un petit musée, une boutique et un agréable café.

Sandakerveien 2.
Carnet pratique

Y aller : A/R Paris-Oslo à partir de 98 € avec Air France.

Y séjourner : Situé en bordure de Grünerlokka, au cœur de l’écoquartier Vulkan, où se trouvent les halles et le marché alimentaire, le Scandic Vulkan (149 chambres) est l’un des hôtels les plus écologiques de Norvège. Maridalsveien 13. Chambre double à partir de 138 €, petit-déjeuner compris.
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The Prince of Liechtenstein's Vineyard and Wine Cellar in Vaduz, Liechtenstein

In the world's smallest wine-producing country, locals and visitors can sample the fruits of a royal vineyard. 

Liechtenstein is the world’s sixth smallest country, but the 62-square-mile principality has nearly 100 winegrowers. Its mild climate, excellent soil quality, and the warm föhn wind make it an ideal place for growing wine grapes, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, Liechtenstein is considered one of the best wine-growing regions in the Rhine Valley. 

Part of the Hofkellerei des Fürsten von Liechtenstein (the Wine Cellar of the Prince of Liechtenstein), the prince’s lush vineyard covers four hectares (roughly 10 acres) outside of the capital, Vaduz. It’s open to the public, and it’s common to see Liechtensteiners strolling among the vines and testing the grapes themselves. Wine tastings—of four wines—are available Monday through Saturday. The tastings cost roughly $20, and include Liechtenstein’s famous Pinot Noir, known locally as Blauburgunder or "Blue Burgundy." If you ask politely, the staff will show you the underground wine cellar, where much older barrels are kept.

Liechtenstein wine can be bought only in Liechtenstein, or in very special wine shops in Switzerland. So if you want to impress at your next party, buy an exclusive bottle, or have one shipped home in a special case. They also sell a small selection of wines from other famous wine regions, such as France, Italy, and California.