panoramas of the louvre
Wednesday August 31st 2005, 3:11 pm
Filed under: websites

louvre
there’s a swedish site (by photographer jonas carlson) featuring breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views of some galleries inside the louvre in paris.

navigate around the rooms by clicking on the screen and dragging your mouse (or pen) around and you might get happily dizzy!

it’s the next best thing to being there in person. in fact, i’m sure some people would say it’s BETTER than the real thing; at least you don’t have to wait in line, and your feet won’t get tired.

make sure to look at the ceilings too!

click here: panoramas in the louvre

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websites for blog day
Tuesday August 30th 2005, 3:09 am
Filed under: websites

today is supposed to be blog day or was it a few days ago? or tomorrow? i’m not sure :-) but anyway, in appreciation of it, here’s a list of recommended sites related to france (not yet listed on whytraveltofrance.com):

photographs

ahah…Le jardin de marandon – photographs that capture the moment
images – raw imagery of paris
versapics – just photographs, no text photoblog
grand magasin – candid photos

mac and gadgets

mac bidouille – as a mac fanatic, i cannot leave out this excellent french site on all things mac (hardware)

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France to block foreigners from controlling companies in key sectors
Monday August 29th 2005, 8:51 am
Filed under: news,politics,products,weird

[via bignewsnetwork via AFP]:

The [french] government is preparing a list of strategic economic sectors in which it may act to block foreign interests from gaining control of French companies, Industry Minister Francois Loos said.

Read the article here

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nestle factory closes then is forced to reopen
Monday August 29th 2005, 7:09 am
Filed under: news,products,weird

nestlelogo
tempted to put this in the “weird” category, i’m just going to leave it in “news” feeling that somehow, it’s not considered weird in france.

a court judge in france has ordered nestle to reopen a flailing factory in the south of france – despite the event that upon its closure, nestle found new employment (or offered early retirement) for ALL 427 employees. nestle is dazed and confused and denounces that the court ruling breeches its basic freedom to manage its own operations. read the article here: Nestle forced to reopen loss-making coffee factory

This sets a strong precedent (or continues it) which will keep foreign investors (and even french investors and businesses) wary about launching any kind of business operations in france. you see, apparently your company has to go BANKRUPT before you can close. If your company is profitable, you have to keep operations intact despite singled out factories in operation suffering heavy losses.

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paris train station desktop photo – gare saint lazare
Sunday August 28th 2005, 5:40 am
Filed under: paris,photos,travel and places

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this cartoon-like, precariously tottering tower of squished clocks sits in front of the paris train station, gare saint lazare, located not far from the paris opera. a perfectly depicted idea of a big city such as paris, with its millions of people, places, businesses and government – totally dependent on time.

though life in france takes a break at lunch, everyone still has one eye on the clock.

click here for the free desktop wallpaper of this photograph (2048 x 1536 pixels) of the front of gare saint lazare. (this is free for PERSONAL use only. for commercial use, please contact me.)

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