Museums and Châteaux

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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Le Mans Motor Museum

Written by on January 23, 2014 in Museums and Châteaux, Pays de la Loire
Le Mans Motor Museum

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Le Mans is the motor racing circuit, home of the famous 24-Hour race. Whatever the weather, high on the list of favourite places for visitors is the Le Mans Motor Museum (Musée Automobile des 24 Heures) which is situated adjacent to the main entrance of the track. […]

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Visit a French Chateau at Christmas

Written by on November 30, 2013 in Christmas Markets, Museums and Châteaux
Visit a French Chateau at Christmas

Christmas… chateaux… culture … celebrate the holiday in style with a visit to the Loire Valley chateaux which dress up in their finest decorations to celebrate this happy time. Visiting one of the great chateaux in France is always special but at Christmas it provides for a positively enchanting experience! Lots of Chateaux put up special […]

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The fabulous French vegetable garden of the Chateau du Rivau

Written by on October 10, 2013 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The fabulous French vegetable garden of the Chateau du Rivau

A very special French vegetable garden, a jardin potager, deep in the heart of the Loire at the fairy tale Chateau du Rivau yields its autumn bounty and beauty to French garden expert and writer Georges Lévêque… Patricia Laigneau has a vegetable garden – no ordinary vegetable garden this, it is in the grounds of the […]

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La Piscine, Roubaix, Northern France

La Piscine, Roubaix, Northern France

La Piscine means “the swimming pool” in French, and the La Piscine Museum of Art and Industry really lives up to it’s name – located on the site of the former municipal swimming pool in Roubaix, northern France. History of La Piscine, Roubaix It is an unique art deco building which was created between 1927 […]

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Louvre in Lens | A museum with soul

Written by on July 2, 2013 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais with 0 Comments
Louvre in Lens | A museum with soul

When the bid to create a new wing of the Louvre was won by the gritty northern town of Lens, Nord-Pas de Calais, there were those who were concerned that the new museum would be a poor relation to its Paris cousin. Worry not – the Louvre in Lens is without doubt an immensely, stunningly […]

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The Wonderful Palace of Versailles

Written by on May 6, 2013 in Museums and Châteaux with 0 Comments
The Wonderful Palace of Versailles

  When I think of France and its history, one of the most prominent figures is the larger than life character of Louis XIV, ‘The Sun King’. His life, legacy and the magnificent palace of Versailles fascinate me. Of course, living just above the Loire valley with the historic city of Le Mans a short […]

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La Coupole St Omer

La Coupole St Omer

  La Coupole St Omer is an incredible historical site – a huge World War II domed bunker left behind by the German occupiers in this little northern French town. I’ve visited it before with friends and family, it is considered to be one of the key World War II sites in the area, an […]

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