There are many sites. I will give you a few.
- The remarkable Web Gallery of Art is a Hungarian site (in English) with European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 27'000 reproductions. Good comments, excellent quality of the pictures. Plus music files as a bonus, from many composers of the same period.
- The Mark Harden's Artchive offers works from about 300 artists, with very good pictures. Best site of this kind so far.
- A huge site: The
Art Renewal Center with mostly realistic, classic works (style pompier) with 2600 artists and 25'000 first quality pictures, from Aagard to Zurbarán, including Michelangelo, Dürer and of course Ingres. An absolute must, but slow-loading... And don't read their "Philosophy" pages.
- From the Web Museum in Paris, you can access lots of museum sites around the world. I suggest you start with the Très riches heures du duc de Berry, which is an absolute master work of the French Middle Ages.
- The Web Museum also has an artist index with some 200 painters listed, from Pieter Aertsen to Francisco de Zurbarán.
- The Vincent van Gogh Gallery is well presented, in 15 languages...
- French only:
Littérature française une jolie anthologie préparée par Daniel Blériot, avec des œuvres de 24 parmi les écrivains les plus fameux (lien changé en mars 2007).
- Un site entier dédié à Jean de La Fontaine, l'œuvre complète en ligne.
- I have now a dedicated page of music links, listing sites with classical MIDI files and particular focus on JSB.
||Tapisserie de Bayeux|
- La première BD de l'histoire ! Version panoramique de la célèbre tapisserie de la reine Mathilde.
This 230 ft long tapestry is the ancestor of comic strips. More seriously, it is a most delightful and moving chronicle of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This site gives a description in English (and French) of this masterwork and provides a striking panoramic view. Interestingly, a small section of the tapestry shows the comet of Halley.
- See my language page. At the bottom of said page, you will find several "linkguistics" in French, and in a second page links in English or German, and one in Spanish.
- Do you want to translate a text from or to Afrikaans, Esperanto, Frisian, Latin, Turkish ? Just connect to
TravLang. Of course, more usual languages are also covered. Useful to get a quick tranlation of a not too abstruse word. I made a test with the French-German dictionary. Out of 10 not very current words in my mother tongue, the dictionary supplied only 2 answers...
- For fun, visit the official Europanto site. If you know a little of French, English and a few words of German, you can probably be fluent in Europanto.
- Une mine d'informations les plus diverses sur le français, par Desiderio.
- The LEO dictionaries (German-English, German-French and German-Spanish) with corresponding discussion groups are a fantastic source of enjoyment for all those mastering German as well as one of the three other languages.
- I warmly recommend the translation services (from Dutch, English and German to French) of my friend Anne Gillmé.
||Satiric page in German|
- See the Schandmännchen page. Punchlines, sports, cartoons. You must be reasonably acquainted with German and international politics to enjoy it fully...
||Learning or Teaching German or French? |
- See the DeutschAktiv pages of Caroline Burnand, who offers unusual tools to teach German. Examples of free games can be downloaded. The site has been expanded and now contains a Français actif section.
L'apprentissage de l'allemand par des jeux et des exercices de groupe : efficace et novateur. Une section "Français actif" a été ajoutée pour l'enseignement du français comme langue étrangère (FLE).
- If you know anybody who cannot read, I warmly recommend a method developed in South Africa:
Teach any child or adult to read. You will find their address and order form on their site. I purchased the method to teach a young Indian who had not had the chance to go to school.
- See the web site of Felix Voirol and specifically his Taboo-Breaker pages. Several of his ideas seem to be consistent with mine. Among many things ranging from biology to flying a plane, he has interesting language pages (see also my own language section).
||Fair Trade / Commerce équitable|
Some of products we are consuming, coffee, cocoa, bananas, oranges, are purchased at ridiculously low prices from poor countries. When commodity prices fall dramatically, global international trade has a catastrophic impact on the lives of millions of small scale producers, forcing many into crippling debt and countless others to lose their land and their homes.
||Jean-Louis von Dardel, a Swedish artist|
- His web site shows a few of his productions. No comments, but good pictures, some inspired by surrealism:
- The Computer Stupidities offers a vast collection of mishaps discovered by computer support people.
Murphy's law: here a page in French. Si vous ignorez la loi de Murphy, allez donc y faire un tour...
- See the site of Sylvain Lhuillier (mostly in French, with some pages in English). A huge collection of language curiosities, enigmas, pictures, jokes, maxims. Serious stuff as well, all worth a visit. This is a new link (URL has moved).
- For good American satirical news, see The Onion. You should visit their site once a week, to have a look at US news from a different perspective.
Tintin is part of our culture. When searching the web, I was surprised to discover many sites about the famous reporter. I was even more surprised to see that more than half of the sites were not in French. Note: a search with Google made on 12 April 2003 on the single keyword "Tintin" gave a total of about 85'000 pages, and on 21 November 2009, the same search gives 5'650'000...!
- tintin.com, a graphic-intensive (Flash), beautiful site (in French), with essential information. This is the official Tintin site, owned by "Les Editions Moulinsart" and the "Fondation Hergé".
- Le monde de Tintin [site non officiel], also in French. A "non-official" site with excellent layout, good navigation, and tons of information and details. For instance: all the "secondary characters" of Tintin albums are listed and described with a small picture.
- Objectif Tintin, a very comprehensive Belgian site (in French) with all you want to know about Tintin, and tons of further links.
- Tintin links platform (in Dutch) maintained by Etienne Chevalier. Although not everybody understands this language, it contains a wealth of links to other Tintin pages.
- If you want to learn the Syldavian language and grammar, visit this instructive page, now available in English as well as in French.
- See my own page on Tintin's cars, also available in French (little text, many pictures...).
- Tintin et l'aviation: Tintin's aeroplanes, in French, same concept as my Tintin's cars pages.
- Histoire de l'automobile, toujours en français, des origines à 1900, extraite de "Tintin raconte". Instructif et divertissant, illustré de "chromos" d'Hergé (ou plus probablement des studios Hergé), publiés à l'époque sous le titre générique "Voir et savoir". De là, liens sur l'histoire de l'aviation etc. le tout sous la direction de Jacques Martin.
- Tintina' bulles, simple et rafraîchissant, par l'excellent Yves de B.
- Tintin et l'héraldique, par Herald Dick, avec un armorial de la Syldavie comprenant beaucoup d'illustrations et de commentaires passionnants.
- See a long list of errors and inconsistencies discovered by many enthusiasts in Tintin's albums and collected by Jim Bella.
- Another page (in Dutch) shows the covers of all Tintin albums, with dates of publishing and a few words about variants.
- The album covers in English. Interestingly, Tintin in the Congo is missing here. There must be some obscure reason...
- Tintin pour toujours. In French. Lots of information, but the navigation via Flash graphics is a little too complicated (and you will hardly find your way unless you understand French very well).
- Tintin est vivant by Prad and Luc Van Dong. The texts are in French. Many resources, pastiches, parodies.
- Hergé 100 anys (en catalán).
- A blog in Arabic! I do not understand the language, but it looks quite interesting with all basic information on Hergé and many of his his inspirations.
- Comicwiki: Tintin in Danish. An excellent summary.
- Want to know the weather forecast? Go to Météo-France, look at the map and read the last news.
- How about traffic conditions in and around Paris, in real time? Sytadin gives you maps that are permanently updated, and the time you need to reach the airports.
- Les pages de Paris will give you very comprehensive information about what's happening in the French capital. English text available. You'll find temporary exhibitions, and all expected info on museums, public transportation and much more. A good site indeed.
- And if you want to have a look at Mediaeval Paris (in French: Paris sous Philippe-Auguste), pay a visit to the site of Marie-Christine & François Benveniste: they reconstructed Paris as it was in the XIIth century. A very elegant and tasteful site.
- You can make virtual images using geometric modelling. The best - free of charge! program is Persistence of Vision. It requires a little understanding of three-dimensional constructive geometry, and a fast Macintosh, or Unix machine, or even Intel-based PC. You can produce photo-realistic scenes of completely irrealistic situations. Unfold your creative power!
- A master: Gilles Tran. His pages in English or French are full of poetry and imagination, and have a very strong technical basis at the same time. Incredible results.
- Another master: Friedrich Lohmüller (German and English). Many examples, with some focus on architecture. Also, excellent tutorial pages (DE, EN, FR, IT) on POV.
- The Internet Ray-Tracing Competition page with incredible still and animated images. Not all pictures are made with POV, many are using other 3 D rendering software.
- Reynald of Switzerland has very useful pages explaining the intricacies of light in POV (for experts or "advanced beginners").
- Les pages en français de Louis Bel, élégantes malgré une orthographe désastreuse, offrent de bons exemples et des explications pour les débutants.
- See my own Raytracing page (viel bescheidener).
You must be blind if you have not yet noticed that I am a Mac fan. Here a few useful links for the serious Macintosh user:
- For excellent pages revolving around the (now monochrome, but going stronger than ever) Apple, see Pomme à jour a (Swiss) site in French.
- Mac OS X software.
- VersionTracker provides plenty of useful software.
- One of the very best pieces of shareware for the Mac is Thorsten Lemke's Graphic Converter. If you don't have it (I can't imagine you don't), or if you have not paid the modest shareware fee, visit Thorsten's site.
- And of course, here is the direct access to Apple itself.
- Vous trouverez sur ce site différents types de quizzs, réalisés principalement sous Excel, qui vous permettront de tester votre culture audiovisuelle et générale.
Les quizzs de ce site incorporent un contrôleur de syntaxe qui vous permet de savoir si vous êtes proche ou non de la solution. Vous n'avez donc plus à craindre les erreurs d'orthographe.
- Amazing: you think of an object, and the 20Q AI programme begins asking questions. In usually less than 20 questions, the programme finds your object. You can play in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese and in 14 more languages...
I searched (again) the web for classic cars, there are now many sites most of them being commercial pages selling American cars. A few better suggestions below.
- J'ai réalisé moi-même cette page : Les automobiles Martini, construites à Saint-Blaise en Suisse par un inventeur faisant — presque — partie de ma famille, qui furent au début du XXè siècle l'un des fleurons de l'industrie helvétique.
- Le Carcatalog d'André Le Roux est à voir absolument, avec d'excellentes images et des dessins publicitaires d'un grand nombre de voitures, surtout d'après-guerre, et des photos d'époque. Un grand soin est apporté à la qualité iconographique de ces pages, qui contiennent un nombre incroyable de documents, agrémentées de commentaires fort bien rédigés. Tout est dans le style, et le site fournit de nombreux exemples des meilleurs dessinateurs d'automobiles, tel que Geo Ham (ci-contre).
- Phil Seed's virtual car museum with scans of brochures of various makes and models of cars (1950 - 1970), photographs and a variety of automobilaria. Good quality pictures. Mostly European cars. Well written, concise legends or explanations.
- Classic and vintage cars, an image library where you can upload the best of your own car pictures with appropriate comments.
- Les belles d'antan: une collection impressionnante de voitures d'entre-deux-guerres. Pas trouvé le nom de l'auteur... A splendid collection with first class photographs of vintage cars, mostly 1920 to 1950. Good comments in French and English.
- I also created my small museum from Hergé's albums : Tintin's cars.
- Nationale 7 in French. This is the road that linked Paris with the French Riviera before the motorway (autoroute du sud, aka A6) was built.
- I like especially Thierry Dubois. Ckick on the yellow car as an example before you go to his site.
- Automobiles de collection: annuaire européen (surtout français) des sites. Très complet.
- Voitures populaires françaises des années 1950 et 60.
- Citroën Traction Avant, on Wikipedia, that I have partially corrected.
- Les voitures européennes d'autrefois, pages from Québec in English and French, although there is hardly any text, but many reasonably good pictures..
- Old Classic Cars photo-archives (90 % British cars) many pictures, no text.
- The Classic and Vintage Car pages many pictures, little text.
- Hundreds of mostly American cars, but many of them "customised", i.e. altered, chopped, painted with flames, fitted with stainless steel modern wheels etc. With some patience, also a few originals. A few European automobiles as well, usually not well characterised, all pictures taken in America. The site is useful if you want to check a particular model. Goto index of pics.
If any of the above links doesn't work any more, be kind enough to send me an e-mail, so I can correct this page.