Museums and Châteaux

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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Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire Loire Valley

Written by on March 29, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire Loire Valley

The Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire is stunningly pretty, reminiscent of Disney’s fairy tale castle in Sleeping Beauty. Nestled on the banks of the River Loire In Loire et Cher, it is unique for its presentation of art and the international garden festival that’s held here annually. History of the Chateau de Chaumont The original fortress was […]

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The fairy tale Chateau du Rivau Loire Valley

Written by on February 13, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The fairy tale Chateau du Rivau Loire Valley

This is a love story. It’s the tale of a couple who fell in love with an abandoned chateau. They bought it and have spent the last two decades lovingly restoring it and creating the most magical gardens. Falling in love with a neglected but exquisite Chateau Normally these stories are about expats who can’t […]

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The gorgeous gardens of the Chateau of Chenonceau, Loire Valley

Written by on February 4, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The gorgeous gardens of the Chateau of Chenonceau, Loire Valley

The Chateau of Chenonceau is famous for its floral displays. Every room is exquisitely decorated with scented, utterly stunning bouquets made by a master florist in the Chateau’s floral workshop. Of course, all those flowers and fruits used in the spectacular displays have to be grown. Largely the flowers come from the stunning gardens of […]

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Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

Written by on January 29, 2018 in Art and Artists, Museums and Châteaux
Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

The Mona Lisa, known as La Joconde in France, has one of the most famous faces the world has ever known despite being more than 500 years old. Her likeness hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris and each year millions queue to see her face behind its thick bullet proof glass. Many wonder what […]

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The Chateau de Chenonceau – the Castle of Flowers in the Loire Valley

Written by on January 9, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Chateau de Chenonceau – the Castle of Flowers in the Loire Valley

Everyone who visits the Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley comes away with a memory of the exquisite gardens, the impossibly romantic white stone castle over a river with its pointy towers and arched bridge – and especially of the flower displays in every room… Jean-François Bouchet is the florist extraordinaire who creates and […]

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The incredible Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley France

Written by on January 8, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The incredible Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley France

The Chateaux in the Loire were created to be second homes and visual symbols of power and wealth. Those who owned chateaux didn’t usually live in them permanently, there are some exceptions, but on the whole, owners visited them rarely, taking their possessions with them. Unlike today when owners furnish their holiday homes, in the […]

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Chateau du Clos Lucé the home of Leonardo da Vinci in France

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau du Clos Lucé the home of Leonardo da Vinci in France

Amboise in the Loire is dominated by a grand chateau. The turrets of Amboise castle reach high into the sky and its windows give impressive views over the ancient town. A few minutes’ walk away is a much smaller chateau, far less grand. It was the home of an artist who changed the world with […]

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