Museums and Châteaux

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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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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