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In Search of Napoleon in France

It’s 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte’s death, and whether or not you’re a military history buff, the sights around France where the key events of his life took shape are sure to fascinate. 1. AJACCIO...
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American Friends Musée d’Orsay to Toast its 10th Anniversary

The American Friends Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) is a U.S. non-profit organisation initiated by American citizens who recognised the contribution made by the Musée d’Orsay to American museums and to the American public. In 2008, motivated...
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Gardens of the Côte d’Azur

Guy Hibbert discovers a slice of paradise amidst the exotic and colourful gardens of the French Riviera. When you picture wealthy people enjoying the balmy climate of the Côte d’Azur the image that springs to...
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Les Franciscaines: The New Cultural Centre in Deauville

Deauville, Normandy, considered by many Paris’s 21st district, is famous for its beaches, horse races, and cinema festival, but now, thanks to newcomer Les Franciscaines, the seaside resort can also offer some art to...
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Must-See Marvels of the Dordogne Valley

Our choice of the sights you won’t want to miss off your itinerary... Related articles: Hollywood sur Dordogne, What’s New for Visitors in 2021 What to See and Do in the Dordogne Valley LASCAUX CAVES Probably the most...
Château de Sully-sur-Loire in all of its fairy tale magnificence. Photo: Dawn Dailey

Château de Sully-sur-Loire: Prison, Hideaway, or Refuge?

At the confluence of the rivers Loire and La Sange stands a commanding castle encircled by the reflective waters of a protective moat. Over the centuries, this château has welcomed a variety of illustrious...

Travel Notes: Top 3 Stained Glass Windows in France

Head to some of France’s most amazing churches for a multi-coloured glass eyeful to remember... SAINTE-CHAPELLE, PARIS If you haven't seen this jewel box of a chapel, you haven't lived. Built by Saint Louis in the...

France’s Breathtaking Bell Towers

There are 23 UNESCO-listed belfries in L’Hexagone, renowned for their architecture and history. Here are four of our favourites. BOULOGNE-SUR-MER Even on a rainy day, the view from Boulogne-sur-Mer’s belfry is a striking sea of red...

12 Must-See Towns and Villages in Auvergne

Our choice of must-see villages and towns in Auvergne Related articles: Discover the Enchanting Villages of Auvergne What to See and Do in Auvergne Blesle One of four Plus Beaux Villages in Haute-Loire, it grew up around a...
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The Shutters of Provence

I’m frequently asked why I titled my blog Shutters and Sunflowers. All throughout this enchanting country shutters are found framing the windows of both historic and recently constructed buildings-- particularly in Provence. And from mid...