Museums and Châteaux

La Tour de l’Horloge Guines Museum, Pas de Calais

La Tour de l’Horloge Guines Museum, Pas de Calais

The town of Guines is a sleepy village these days that lies in the glorious countryside of Pas de Calais close to the Opal Coast, but it in its past life it has seen much action, drama and excitement. The Romans were here in 5 AD and not much more is known about it until, […]

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Guedelon A Medieval Chateau Built in 21st Century France

Written by on February 5, 2015 in Burgundy, Museums and Châteaux
Guedelon A Medieval Chateau Built in 21st Century France

In the small village of Guédelon in the départment of Yonne in Burgundy, between the towns of Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye and Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye an extraordinary project is underway. A medieval chateau is being constructed using 800 year old methods and tools – it is the biggest archaeological project of its kind in the world and it is extraordinary. […]

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Living History in a French Chateau

Written by on January 30, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Places to Go
Living History in a French Chateau

France is blessed with many castles and palaces, often in stunning locations, all full of history. Not just relics of the past, these days it’s possible for us to experience living history in a French chateau… The Loire Valley (Vallée de la Loire), two hours southwest of Paris, is home to more than 300 châteaux. […]

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Château de Versailles and The Grandes Écuries

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Museums and Châteaux, Quirky Stuff
Château de Versailles and The Grandes Écuries

Visiting the Grandes Écuries, the stables that are home to the Academy of Equestrian Arts at the Chateau de Versailles. A unique show that is beautiful, moving and memorable, a wonderful homage to a French King who adored the “horse ballet” events that were a firm favourite at his court. In the 1600′s, “Horse Ballets” at […]

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Chateau Azay-le-Rideau

Written by on August 20, 2014 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau Azay-le-Rideau

Standing proud on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the exquisite little Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built between 1518 and 1527, during the reign of François I and is one of the most popular of the Loire Valley Chateaux. Chateau Azay le Rideau History It was one of the first of many […]

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Josephine Baker Chateau des Milandes

Written by on June 17, 2014 in Aquitaine, Museums and Châteaux
Josephine Baker Chateau des Milandes

If you are ever travelling in the area known as the Perigord region, within the Dordogne department of France, don’t miss out on a visit to the Chateau des Milandes once the home of Josephine Baker, the legendary American entertainer… The Chateau des Milandes is a very imposing, privately owned house surrounded by its own […]

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The creepy but fun Museum of Burgundian Life

Written by on May 13, 2014 in Burgundy, Museums and Châteaux
The creepy but fun Museum of Burgundian Life

Not to be missed on a visit to Dijon is the unusual and fascinating Musée de la vie Bourguignone – the Museum of Burgundian Life. Entry is free and the museum is tucked away in rue Saint-Anne, a little side road just off the main centre – and it really is well worth a visit. […]

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The secret Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Written by on March 25, 2014 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The secret Chateaux of the Loire Valley

My top ten châteaux and castles in the Loire Valley are the four “Cs”. Chenonceau, Chambord, Cheverny and Chaumont – followed by the royal castles of Amboise and Blois, all of which are located in the same general area; then Azay le Rideau, Ussé and Villandry, which form another geographical group, and Valençay, out on its […]

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The Cluny Museum Paris

Written by on February 19, 2014 in Museums and Châteaux
The Cluny Museum Paris

There are hundreds of museums and art galleries in Paris, from the grand and the great like the Louvre to the small and quirky like the Cluny Museum. Linda Mathieu takes a look at this petite but perfectly formed Musée… Cluny Museum, Paris When I first moved to Paris many years ago, one of my […]

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Sedan France and the largest fortified Castle in Europe

Written by on February 3, 2014 in Champagne-Ardenne, Museums and Châteaux
Sedan France and the largest fortified Castle in Europe

Victor Hugo said of Sedan in the Ardennes: “pretty women, handsome carabineers, trees and meadows along the Meuse, cannons, drawbridges and bastions, such is Sedan. It is one of those places where the severity of the citadel city mingles strangely with the joyous atmosphere of the garrison town”. He wrote that on 29 July 1838. […]

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