Moving Day — Photo 82 — Project 365

Moving Day — Photo 82 — Project 365

In France, many people (including me when I was there) live in low-rise apartment buildings. Typically, they are three to six stories tall with the bottom floor as retail (I lived above an insurance agent and a restaurant) and those above as residential. Many of the buildings are fairly old and so have narrow staircases and a small, if existent, elevator. Day-to-day, this isn’t too bad, but when you go to move in or out, the stairs turn into a nightmare. So the solution is to bring your own “moving elevator” on moving day! Such a moving elevator can be carried nicely on a trailer behind the moving truck and unfolds at your soon-to-be-former lodging. Point it at a window, which can be as large as your front door and is never screened, and the moving begins!

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William the Conqueror at Bayeux — Photo 81 — Project 365

William the Conqueror at Bayeux — Photo 81 — Project 365
The French love their comic books (TinTin, et al.), a tradition that may be ten centuries old! One of the oldest records in France is the Bayeux Tapestry (dating to the 11th century), which records the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, in comic book form of course! The style is actually surprisingly similar to the newspaper comics, just without the bars between scenes and the punchlines.

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A Kiss — Photo 77 — Project 365

A Kiss — Photo 77 — Project 365
We travelled to southern France with some friends and as we explored the coastline and abandoned buildings, they decided it was quite romantic! (It probably helped that this was a trip they took to celebrate their anniversary.)

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London Temple — Photo 76 — Project 365

London Temple — Photo 76 — Project 365

Located just south of London proper is the London Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From our base in France, we made a weekend trip here.

I loved how the slowly faded daylight came out as this beautiful blue.

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Stained Glass — Photo 73 — Project 365

Stained Glass — Photo 73 — Project 365
Catholic churches are everywhere in France. After seeing several dozen, I started to feel like I’d seen most of what there was to see. And then I would wander into some random church and discover another gem. In many of the churches, the stained glass was exquisite. Sometimes I could read the story in the windows and other times I just wondered who all the saints could be. This is a window I quite liked; I enjoyed how it depicted Jesus Christ, the “Lamb of God.”

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Online Dating from Hell (or Modern Job Hunting)

Several months ago I was in France and realized I would need to get a job upon my return to North America. In today’s interconnected world, I thought doing my job search through the Internet would be the way to do it. It turned out to be both brilliant and brutal, all at the same time.

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