Museums and Châteaux

Cité du vin the fabulous wine museum of Bordeaux

Written by on December 7, 2018 in Aquitaine, Museums and Châteaux
Cité du vin the fabulous wine museum of Bordeaux

I saw its swirling shape shimmering on the horizon from the train as I arrived in Bordeaux from Paris. A giant shiny coil on the landscape, futuristic and fabulous. What to see at the Museum of Wine Bordeaux La Cité du Vin is the first place I visited when I arrived and dumped my luggage […]

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The Chateau d’Anet Loire Valley

Written by on December 6, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Chateau d’Anet Loire Valley

The Chateau d’Anet, in the town of Anet, in the Centre-Val de Loire, 78km from Paris was the family home of Diane de Poitiers. It’s one of the most beautiful chateaux that you’ve probably never heard of… Chateau d’Anet, the home of Diane de Poitiers Diane de Poitiers was the mistress of King Henri II […]

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The Enchanting Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau Loire Valley

Written by on November 4, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Enchanting Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau Loire Valley

On a hot summer’s night, after dinner at the lovely Hotel Le Grand Monarque in the bijou town of Azay-le-Rideau, I decided to stroll through the town’s pretty little streets. I was sure I could take a peek at the famous Chateau through its ornate iron gates, ahead of a visit planned for the next […]

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Chateau de Sully, Saone-et-Loire Burgundy

Written by on July 3, 2018 in Burgundy, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau de Sully, Saone-et-Loire Burgundy

Madame de Sévigné, a 17th century aristocrat who is remembered thanks to her fabulous letter writing skills, called the courtyard of the Chateau de Sully “the most beautiful in France”. She wasn’t wrong, it is a huge space, perfect for partying aristos and surrounded by the walls of the fabulous castle. The Chateau de Sully […]

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Chateau d’Ancy-le-Franc Yonne Burgundy

Written by on June 30, 2018 in Burgundy, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau d’Ancy-le-Franc Yonne Burgundy

The Chateau d’Ancy-le-Franc was built in the Renaissance style in the middle of 123 acres of parkland in Yonne, the heart of Burgundy. It is one of the first French castles to have been built to a design that was set out on paper. Before then, castles tended to be designed as they went along. […]

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Fabulous and fragrant Fragonard Perfume Museum Paris

Written by on June 27, 2018 in Arty, Museums and Châteaux, Paris
Fabulous and fragrant Fragonard Perfume Museum Paris

In the shadow of the grand Paris Opera house lies a small and unique museum. The Musée de Pafum Fragonard is not one of the big museums that everyone visits, it’s not that well-known at all in fact, but it’s definitely worth seeking out. The Musée de Parfum The Musée de Parfum Fragonard is located […]

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Chateau de Germolles, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy

Written by on June 26, 2018 in Burgundy, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau de Germolles, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy

The ancient chateau de Germolles in Burgundy is really quite extraordinary. Not just for its gorgeous good looks and its wonderful history but because in one of the rooms the original wall decoration dating to the 14th century is still intact and very beautiful. The best preserved residence of the Dukes of Burgundy The Chateau […]

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Museum of Roman History Nimes France

Museum of Roman History Nimes France

Enticingly opposite the 2000-year-old amphitheatre of Nimes, the brand-new museum of Roman History, Musée de la Romanité in Nimes makes for a fascinating visit. The brand-new Museum is going to be one of the top attractions for visitors to Nimes. What to see at the Musée de la Romanite The Museum of Roman History in […]

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Visit to the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte France

Written by on April 23, 2018 in Museums and Châteaux
Visit to the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte France

The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte lies in the lush countryside of Maincy, department Seine et Marne, Ile de France. The famous tapestry makers Gobelins were once based here before being ordered to set up shop in Paris by Louis XIV. They remain in Paris, creating their extraordinary designs to this day. They were not alone in […]

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The Historic Chateau de Blois Loire Valley

Written by on April 7, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Historic Chateau de Blois Loire Valley

The Chateau de Blois is one of the great castles of the Loire Valley. This beautiful castle is famous for its residents but also because it presents a unique view of the evolution of French chateaux architecture. Buildings dating from the 13th to 17th centuries are set before you. The stone markers of time from […]

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