Church of Boubiers
This is a view of the church of Boubiers (Oise). The shot was taken in september 2010, in the middle of the afternoon. Panorama made in HDR version (enfuse).
Church Saint-Jean-Baptiste began in 1528 under the direction of Nicolas Jouelle, it is built on the n...
This is a view of a small pond of Lavilletertre. The shot was taken in september 2010, in the middle ...
This image was shot with a GoPro camera attached to the line of a Rokkaku kite. This is my third kite...
Near the airfield of Cormeilles en Vexin, in France, near Paris, there is an old disused runway. This...
This is the first of about 80 panoramas created on a trip to France during a three-week period in 201...
A view from a small bridge on the side of the castle of Auvers-sur-Oise. (You can see the top of the...
A view of the castel of Auvers-sur-Oise, from the back.
Side view of the castel of Auvers-sur-Oise.
The castel of Auvers-sur-Oise, seen from the front garden.
France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.
French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.
The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.
The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.
The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.
One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.
During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.
France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.
Text by Steve Smith.