Monday, 18 January 2021

Week 3: A baby falls from the sky

100 years ago this week: Week 3

A snapshot of distress and desperation that could have come from a Zola novel or Ken Loach film, but one in which I'd like to imagine a happy ending.

Read on to discover the third snippet in this series.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Week 2: A big noise at “Père Tranquille”

100 years ago this week: Week 2

Thanks for all your kind messages after the first post last week. It's good to be back and good to know that people are still reading! Here's week 2!
A not so souper evening....

Monday, 4 January 2021

100 years ago this week

A new year, a new resolution. Invisible Paris has certainly lived up to its name over the last couple of years, but it feels like a time when it would be good for all of us to be a little more visible. Exploring, wandering, researching - hell, even getting outside the house and inside other buildings – has been more complicated than we could have ever imagined in the past year, but can we still look at the unusual and uncelebrated sides of Paris in other ways?

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Postcard from the past: the hopital Saint-Jospeh

The best vintage postcards tell two stories. No, the best vintage postcards offer enigmatic extracts from two stories. Like an intriguing book cover and a well presented back page blurb, they spur you to pick up the object and read on. With a book, your desire to know the full story can be satiated, but a postcard will always keep its mystery. 

Sunday, 16 September 2018

A decade of invisibility in Paris!

Although production has dropped significantly in recent times, Invisible Paris can nevertheless blow out the candles on a 10th birthday today (September 17)! I began the blog a decade ago with little more in mind than giving focus and structure to my random wanderings around Paris, and its purpose and ambition has changed little since then. The blog is more invisible than ever today, but survives, and still plays a role in my life.

Indeed, starting the blog in 2008 turned out to be a life-changing decision for me in many ways. Over the decade, I have explored and researched hundreds of places in Paris, and through the blog I have met and collaborated with dozens of fascinating people. The blog has helped me get published in magazines and newspapers, got me featured on a TV programme and led to me writing a book.

Most of it was unplanned, with publications generally stemming from random encounters, lines read in books, buildings seen in different lights or e-mails popping into my inbox. The blog goes on because Paris continues to fascinate, inspire, infuriate, and pose questions, and because most of the city still remains invisible. I have no idea what the next 10 years will bring, but here are the ten things that have most marked the blog for me so far.
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