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Promenade du Paillon

Les Champs Numeriques: Nice’s Promenade du Paillon

Nice’s Coulée Verte – or, loosely translated, ‘Green Corridor’ – replaces two monumental, aspirational but irredeemably ugly brutalist structures; its central bus station (Gare Routiere) and a spectacularly hideous public car park....

Behind the Candelabra

Strange Fruit: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon
  Behind the Candelabra

Playing someone (in)famously described as… … a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love …takes a lot of humour. Here, Michael...

Sharon Stone

Back to Basics: Sharon Stone at Cannes

  More than 20 years after flashing her assets at Michael Douglas in  Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone returns to watch him seduce Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra.  The French have a...

A kiss from Jean Dujardin

Scooped! a kiss from Jean Dujardin

Somehow, I managed to steal a kiss from Jean Dujardin, who was wildly popular with the French crowd at Cannes, and wholly unknown by everyone else, back then in May...

Market, St Germain des Pres

I Love Paris (I): St Germain des Pres

One of the greatest photographic challenges posed by Paris in winter is the city’s lack of colour. The dull skies paint the city grey but colours, when they do appear,...

Cheryl Cole

We Have a Chest: Cheryl Cole hits Cannes

  It’s true that you’ve never got your camera to hand when you really want one, and I kicked myself earlier in the week as I happened upon DeNiro, Jude...

Fountain, Louvre

Fountains, frozen, the Louvre Paris

And not a drop to drink… This edit was inspired by an extremely severe bout of winter flu during which I lay parched and feverish with my tongue stuck to...

Love is in the air

Love is…in the air

Moments before swooping to their roosts as the sun set on 2010, the last starling murmuration of 2010 formed a heart that beat twice before dispersing into the evening air....

Place Magenta, Nice

A little drop…of belle epoque

Although the Carré d’Or lacks the almost medieval charm of Vieux Nice, its turn of the (19th) century architecture has its own appeal. At left, the Boulangerie Multari, a chain...

Sunrise, Baie des Anges, Nice

Je crois…aux Anges

Shot at dawn, midwinter, as I walked along the Promenade des Anglais. I noticed the gulls’ wings stirring as they fed at the water’s edge, and was ready with the...

 
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