Museums and Châteaux

Peek into a Living Museum at the Chateau du Lude Sarthe

Written by on July 7, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Pays de la Loire
Peek into a Living Museum at the Chateau du Lude Sarthe

There are thousands of chateaux in France, some of them we all know of, like Versailles, others are far less well known. The Chateau de Lude located on the banks of the river Loir, Sarthe, is not as famous as some but it is a quite extraordinary castle. When I stumbled upon it in a […]

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Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Rhône Alpes
Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

The Musée des Confluences, a magnificent new museum both architecturally and in its content, which sets off to explain, well, the history of everything…or so it seems. Do not miss this stunning experience, but do allow a good few hours, including on-site lunch, to get the best from the experience. This huge square, all 62,000 […]

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The Crypt of Notre Dame Cathedral, Boulogne-sur-Mer

Written by on May 29, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais
The Crypt of Notre Dame Cathedral, Boulogne-sur-Mer

It isn’t often that I’m completely and utterly astonished but on a trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer on the Opal Coast recently – that’s exactly what happened. There is a church in the town that the Kings of France held in such high esteem that they made a pilgrimage there believing that if they didn’t, they would […]

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The Louvre Paris Facts, Art and Tickets

Written by on May 18, 2015 in Funky, Museums and Châteaux, Paris
The Louvre Paris Facts, Art and Tickets

So enormous is the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum that it would take three months to view every piece of art contained in it, and that’s if you spent just 30 seconds looking at each artwork all day, every day without a break. There are more than 7,500 paintings, the displays cover nearly 15 […]

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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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