Museums and Châteaux

Potager du Roi – The kings vegetable garden at Versailles

Written by on June 1, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
Potager du Roi – The kings vegetable garden at Versailles

A short walk from the Palace of Versailles you’ll find the “King’s Vegetable Garden” – the Potager du Roi. It was built between 1678 and 1683 by French gardening genius Jean-Baptiste La Quintinie, at the request of Louis XIV. Open to the public, gardeners will love its beautiful paths, raised beds, statues and fabulous planting… […]

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There are loads of Free Museums in Paris

Written by on May 21, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux, Paris
There are loads of Free Museums in Paris

In Paris (and indeed the rest of France), many museums are free year-round. And, if you’re thinking that the free museums are only for hanging out in when its raining and you need a place to shelter, you couldn’t be more wrong. We’re talking top museums that you’d want to go to anyway including the […]

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The Musee de Compagnonnage Tours, Loire Valley

Written by on April 29, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
The Musee de Compagnonnage Tours, Loire Valley

I stood on a balcony at the Chateau de Chambord in the Loire Valley. My eyes travelled over thousands of thin, black slate tiles that cascaded down spires in stark contrast to sculpted contours of ivory coloured stone. There were endless details that drew my eye from one piece of artistry to the next. I […]

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La Piscine Museum Roubaix | An art deco wonder in the north of France

Written by on February 7, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
La Piscine Museum Roubaix | An art deco wonder in the north of France

Roubaix is in the suburbs of Lille, capital of Hauts-de-France (Nord, Pas de Calais, Picardy). It was once famous for its textile production, an industry which had been active in the area since the 14th century. In the 19th century Roubaix was known as the “French Manchester”, one of the world capitals of textiles. It […]

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A photo guide to the Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley

Written by on February 4, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
A photo guide to the Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley

The Chateau de Chambord is a French Renaissance masterpiece. This jewel of the Loire Valley was begun in 1519, the year Francis 1 became King of France. The flamboyant Francis I loved to put on a show and at Chambord, his imagination ran wild. This grand castle in true Renaissance style was designed to shout […]

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Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

When I was a little girl, I had an idea of what a fairy tale castle would like. It would have towers and turrets and pointy bits. My dream chateau would have grand doors and huge rooms for dancing and partying. It would be filled with flowers. And it would have the most beautiful gardens […]

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Chateau des Milandes, Dordogne

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
Chateau des Milandes, Dordogne

A short ride from Sarlat, in the gorgeous countryside of Dordogne, you’ll find the Chateau and gardens of Milandes. It’s the former home of Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer of the early 20th century… History of Chateau des Milandes There was a fort on the site for hundreds of years in the village of Les Milandes. […]

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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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