In my youth, Citroën made such unique cars. Quintessentially French in design, nothing else on the road looked like them or drove like them. The Deux Chevaux was truly unique. I first rode in one in my school days. The local taxi driver, who was paid by the school district to drive us the three miles to the nearest school bus stop in the morning and take us back at the end of the school day, had one for a while. I recall in the winter the driver would hang a paraffin heater off the gear-shift. He probably wouldn’t get away with that now.

Despite the name, the original 1948 version came with a 9hp motor and the final versions in the 1980s had 29hp motors so I’m not sure I understand the two horses name but it has something to do with tax rates based on cylinder dimensions rather than motor output.

I spotted this example on the Pont Dieu over the Canal Saint Martin in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris.

Deux Chevaux a Paris, on he Pont Dieu over the Canal Saint Martin,

Deux Chevaux a Paris, on he Pont Dieu over the Canal Saint Martin,

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The Coliseum at Night, or should that be the Colosseum at Night? As a Brit in America I’m used to the potato – potato pronunciation issues as well as the differences in spelling. Does it matter? I think not. There are far bigger issues facing the world than the correct spelling of some ancient structure. I’ve only been to Rome once, for one evening. I’d been working on some M&A due diligence in Italy which had involved stops in a number of cities with no time really to see anything outside of conference rooms, factories and spreadsheets. I’m thinking now I’m lying and that this was my second trip to Rome, my first having been on an Inter-Rail trip in the 1980s. I recall seeing the Sistine Chapel on that trip. Now I’m wondering where those photos are hiding. According to Wikipedia the name is thought to derive from a colossal statue of the Emperor Nero that was situated nearby. It’s certainly a place I’d like to go back to and spend more time.

The Coliseum at Night from the Via Sacra

The Coliseum at Night from the Via Sacra

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I took today’s photo, Contrail, through the window of a Qatar Airways jet on a flight from Doha to JFK, New York. According to the on-board flight map we were somewhere close to the border between Finland and Sweden at the time. Gazing out of the window I had seen we were approaching the contrail of a jet traveling on an almost perpendicular heading. As we drew nearer I realized we were going to pass below it so I got my camera ready and took a few shots. This is my favorite of the bunch. The contrail itself disappears into the cloud on the horizon but the sun is casting a shadow of the contrail onto the cloud below. I have to say, Qatar Airways Business Class is the most luxurious business class air travel I’ve had in my 40+ years of flying around the world.

Contrail taken from flight QR 83, Qatar Airways from Doha to New York JFK airport.  Passing under a contrail between Finland and Sweden.

Contrail taken from flight QR 83, Qatar Airways from Doha to New York JFK airport. Passing under a contrail between Finland and Sweden.

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Today’s photo is the bow of a dhow moored in a marina in Doha, Qatar. Although built in a traditional style, complete with outhouse hanging off the back of the poop deck (literally), I think the boat itself was not that old. It’s function seemed to be that of a party boat. I was struck by the contrast between the brown of the hull planking and the green of the water.

Bow of a traditional style dhow moored in the marina in Doha, Qatar.

Bow of a traditional style dhow moored in the marina in Doha, Qatar.

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