This is a collection of over 17,000 photographs taken over the past fifty years by Hedley Grenfell-Banks.
They cover towns and villages in every region of France except Corsica, and most Départements.
Some of them are scans of very old transparencies, so their quality is not wonderful.
More recent ones , taken with digital cameras, are more acceptable.
All have been reduced to 500 pixels on the longer side; if you would like high-definition copies, please contact me at

France is divided into 13 regions, and each region includes several Départements.
To see which Départements fit into each region, click on the name of the region in the list below.
From there, you can click on each Département to find pictures of individual towns and villages.

If there is no link to a Département, that's because I haven't visited it yet.
If you want to find a particular place, but don't know exactly where it is,
look in the global index.

Global Index

Auvergne Rhône-Alpes 

Bourgogne Franche-Comté 


Centre-Val de Loire 

Grand Est 


Ile de France  (including Paris)


Nouvelle Aquitaine 


Pays de la Loire 

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur