France

MadRim completes our very own personal Tour de France, cycling through Reims, Paris, Dijon, Beaune, Lyon, and Montpellier. It was murderously hot.

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With our friend Olivier, MadRim cycles through Champagne country, en route from Reims to Paris.
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We stop for a Champagne break with Olivier.
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Mosquitoes not pictured.
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Standard navigation technique.
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So close to our fourth major city: Paris!
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Mad navigates wild Parisian streets.
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Anas, age 12, gives MadRim a tour of FacLab.
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Another young maker concentrates on his project at FacLab.
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Anas, Antonin Fournier, Anthony Jahn, Olivier Genrin, and Sophia Manseri gather at FacLab to share a candid conversation about the future of the movement.
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Andy Kwok of Le Petit FabLab de Paris joins the conversation.
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Olivier Gendrin envisions a more organized French federation of Fab Labs and better collaboration.
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Ophelia Noor interviews Leo Lawrence. Ophelia is a journalist who has been documenting the maker movement in France and beyond for several years.
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MadRim dances it out with our Couchsurfing host Yara and Alex, our host in Reims, who drove to Paris to visit with us for the day.
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MadRim attends Catalpa music festival with Kelle FabriK, the Dijon Fab Lab, in Auxerre. Four regional Fab Labs attended the weekend festival, which was devoted to both making and music.
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Festival goers have fun at the Fab Lab tent at Catalpa.
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At Alternatiba, a sustainability faire in Dijon, Laurence Lafarge of Kelle FabriK shares information about the Fab Lab with Lillian, a Couchsurfing organizer in Dijon. Worlds collide!
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Proud members of the brand new Fab Lab in the rural town of Beaune.
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MadRim hitches a ride in Lyon with Mir's friend Tim Carrington, a British sailor motoring up and down the French canals for the summer.
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The sunflowers didn't seem to mind the heat wave the way we did.
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MadRim meets Michael, a German bike tourist, in the medieval city of Avignon.