The model cité
Exploring the past, present and future of the right-bank Cité de la Benauge, which is made up of sister estates Cité Pinçon and Cité Blanche.
The story of the doomed Le Signal residence in Soulac, and the day it was transformed into a gigantic work of art.
The parallel lives of cyclists Roger and Guy Lapébie, whose names live on in the shape of the velodrome and a scenic bike path.
Postcards from (Invisible) Bordeaux
A selection of recently-acquired postcards, all of which are connected to subjects that have featured on the blog.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Monday, 6 April 2015
This time, the François Didier trail led me to the renowned Musée Georges de Sonneville in Gradignan, to visit an elaborate exhibition that is currently showcasing his work (it runs until April 12th), entitled “Neanysa, ville antique”. The concept is simple but the execution is both surprising and impressive in its scale: François Didier has created his own imaginary ancient city, Neanysa, and the exhibition enables visitors to discover the city-that-never-was by viewing a whole host of items and documents that pay testimony to how things were, or might have been!
Saturday, 4 April 2015
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Le Signal has long been an angular eyesore for some, but was a much-loved home and holiday residence for others and was initially set to be just the first of a number of such buildings in Soulac. Importantly, when it was built, between 1965 and 1970, the ocean was a good 200 metres away. But over the ensuing years, the Atlantic has literally gained ground on this lone apartment block, at a rate of between four and eight metres per year.
Sunday, 22 March 2015
We start our journey on Allées de Tourny, on April 25th 1905, at the official unveiling of a grand monument celebrating the achievements of 19th-century statesman Léon Gambetta. Leading the tributes that day was French president Émile Loubet, although this picture shows the undoubtedly stirring rendition of La Marseillaise by renowned baritone Francisque Delmas.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
They were two brothers. Roger was born in Bayonne in 1911, Guy following suit in the Landes town of Saint-Geours-de-Maremne in 1916. Over the subsequent years, the family base shifted to Pessac, where their father managed the Médoquine freight station, although their mother reportedly soon moved to Neuilly-sur-Seine, in the suburbs of Paris.