Feature Stories

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Zootherapy

Unique in France, an association led by a falconer trying to help the elderly to recall some memories of youth..Thanks to these birds, the elderly suffering from Alzheimmer regain some of their childhood memories, Down's syndrome and social misfits start again to communicate.

Unique in France, an association led by a falconer trying to help the elderly to recall some memories of youth..Thanks to these birds, the elderly suffering from Alzheimmer regain some of their childhood memories, Down's syndrome and social misfits start again to communicate.

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Inscribed in 2013 on the Representative List

of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,

there are only 10 paardenvissers today.
The Brabant horses sink into the water up to their

chest and advance parallel to the coast, pulling

funnel-shaped nets that two wooden planks keep

open. A chain scrapes the sand to

create vibrations that cause the

shrimp to leap and enter the net.

Paardenvissers
The last Knights of the seas

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Bears Story in the Croulebarbe district: the "Gobelins' teddy bears"
After the closure of restaurants and cultural places in October 2020, a bookseller in the 13th arrondissement of Paris had an idea to break the gloom of the inhabitants of the district and the rare tourists: he repopulated the shops with giant teddy bears.

Bears Story in the Croulebarbe district: the "Gobelins' teddy bears"
After the closure of restaurants and cultural places in October 2020, a bookseller in the 13th arrondissement of Paris had an idea to break the gloom of the inhabitants of the district and the rare tourists: he repopulated the shops with giant teddy bears.

Bears Story in the Croulebarbe district: the "Gobelins' teddy bears"
After the closure of restaurants and cultural places in October 2020, a bookseller in the 13th arrondissement of Paris had an idea to break the gloom of the inhabitants of the district and the rare tourists: he repopulated the shops with giant teddy bears.

Bears Story in Paris

Bears Story in Paris

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After many visits to the medieval village of Gruyères, HR Giger fell in love with this wondrous region. And when he heard from Etienne Chatton that the fortress structure further below, the Château St. Germain, was up for sale, the idea to establish his own museum and a Center of Fantastic Art was born: on September 11, 1997, he acquired the Château. With the help of the architect Roger Cottier, the former museum director Barbara Gawrysiak and the invaluable support of the many co-workers, the museum opened (most of its) doors on June 21, 1998.

After many visits to the medieval village of Gruyères, HR Giger fell in love with this wondrous region. And when he heard from Etienne Chatton that the fortress structure further below, the Château St. Germain, was up for sale, the idea to establish his own museum and a Center of Fantastic Art was born: on September 11, 1997, he acquired the Château. With the help of the architect Roger Cottier, the former museum director Barbara Gawrysiak and the invaluable support of the many co-workers, the museum opened (most of its) doors on June 21, 1998.

HR Giger Museum

(Alien Museum)

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Henri Launay created in 1964 the last sanctuary for doll of collection, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
This "doll doctor", self-taught surgeon of French porcelain dolls, always dressed in his white blouse, gives a second life to childhood memories.

The doll doctor of Paris

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Sex worker protests

Sex worker protests

The associations Aides, Cabiria, Frisse, Medecins du Monde Lyon and the STRASS - Union of Sexual Work- commemorate the 5 years of the law of April 13, 2016, known as the "penalization of clients" of sex workers.
The prostitutes are always racked by the government, but not the customers.

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In the 17th century, the plague raged in Lyon. Faced with this scourge, on September 8, 1643, feast of the Nativity of the Virgin, the provost of merchants (equivalent to the mayor) and his 4 aldermen (deputies), accompanied by a crowd of Lyonnais, went in procession to Fourvière.
It is in the Chapel of the Virgin that they vow to go up every year to hear mass, to offer 7 pounds of white wax and a gold shield, if Lyon is spared. Soon after, the evil recedes and their wish is granted.
Since that date, every September 8, the mayor of Lyon and elected officials go up to Fourvière to perpetuate this commitment and the Archbishop blesses the city with the Blessed Sacrament.

Wishes of the aldermen

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They are blind, but nevertheless play (very well) football.Blind Football is variation of futsal designed for players who are blind or visually impaired. It is currently a Paralympic sport, and the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) also organizes a World Championship.

Blind Soccer

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The history of the Paris Catacombs starts in the eighteenth century. Starting in 1809, the Catacombs were opened to the public. In the late eighteenth century, when major public health problems tied to the city’s cemeteries led to a decision to transfer their contents to an underground site. Paris authorities chose an easily accessible site that was, at the time, located outside the capital: the former Tombe-Issoire quarries under the plain of Montrouge. The first evacuations were made from 1785 to 1787 and concerned the largest cemetery in Paris, the Saints-Innocents cemetery. 

Paris Catacombs

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Profession: Vampirologist

Jacques Sirgent, author born in Canada of French parents has always been passionate about themes related to vampirism. He founded the museum of vampires and monsters of the imagination in Paris. It is said of him that he is the first "vampirologist" in the world.
A personal collection that freezes your blood.

Jacques Sirgent, author born in Canada of French parents has always been passionate about themes related to vampirism. He founded the museum of vampires and monsters of the imagination in Paris. It is said of him that he is the first "vampirologist" in the world.
A personal collection that freezes your blood.