Château de Luynes

Château de Luynes
On October 23, 2020

Only 15 kilometers from Tours, with its imposing and benevolent silhouette, the castle of Luynes offers an exceptional panorama of the Loire Valley.


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Only 15 kilometers from Tours, with its imposing and benevolent silhouette, the castle of Luynes offers an exceptional panorama of the Loire Valley.

 

Built in the 12th century on a rocky spur to defend the crown of France, it bears witness, thanks to its intimidating surrounding wall and impressive towers, to the turbulent medieval past in Touraine.

 

It is only in the XVth century and then in the XVIIth century that it will become a residence of pleasure.

 

Many Kings of France (Philippe IV the Fair, Charles VII, Louis XI, Catherine de Medici, Charles IX and Louis XIII on three occasions) stayed there, attracted to the domain by hunting.

 

Since its first construction, the castle has always been inhabited, which explains its perfect conservation today. Only three families succeeded one another: the Lords of Maillé, those of Laval and, since 1619, the descendants of Louis XIII's famous favorite: the Dukes of Luynes.

 

Beyond the strong historical interest, the castle of Luynes offers the charms of a family monument; through the visit, discover the apartments fully furnished and inhabited by the XIIIth Duke of Luynes and his family.

 

End the visit by letting yourself be surprised by the gardens, the ditches of the castle and the Gothic chapel with its upside down boat hull frame.


The Exotic Garden of Monaco

The Exotic Garden of Monaco
On September 4, 2020

The Jardin Exotique de Monaco is a botanical garden located on a cliffside in Monaco.


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The Jardin Exotique de Monaco is a botanical garden located on a cliffside in Monaco. Visitors can walk along paths and up and down steps amongst the many exotic species of plants including cacti plants, admiring their colourful flowers.

Not only do you see hundreds of cacti and Mediterranean plants of a size you will rarely if ever have seen before but the view over Monaco and the French and Italian Riviera are simply stunning.


Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
On September 4, 2020

The Jardin Japonais is a perfect tranquil retreat. The miniature Zen garden was created by Rainier III in memory of Grace Kelly, with bridges curving over trickling streams.


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The Jardin Japonais is a perfect tranquil retreat. The miniature Zen garden was created by Rainier III in memory of Grace Kelly, with bridges curving over trickling streams. It is a municipal park on the Avenue Princesse Grace, in the Larvotto ward of Monaco. It is next to the Grimaldi Forum convention centre. The garden is 0.7 hectares in size, and features a stylised mountain, hill, waterfall, beach, brook, and a Zen garden for meditation.


Château de Chamerolles

Château de Chamerolles
On June 30, 2020

Chamerolles was built at the dawn of the Renaissance period according to the traditional shape of a medieval fortress.


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Chamerolles was built at the dawn of the Renaissance period according to the traditional shape of a medieval fortress.

It offers you a historical and romantic visit through history of perfume and hygiene since 1992.


Having turned into wasteland after a long neglect, the Renaissance garden created by Lancelot II du Lac at the end of the 16th.

Century has today been rearranged in the style of the period. It has been restored, courtesy of records, particularly due to an 18th.


The Boréon

The Boréon
On June 29, 2020

8 km from Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Le Boréon, around its lake (1,500 metres) opens onto the heart of the Mercantour National Park: a wide variety of family walks, horse riding, fishing, picnics... and a visit to Alpha le parc des loups.


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8 km from Saint-Martin-Vésubie, Le Boréon, around its lake (1,500 metres) opens onto the heart of the Mercantour National Park: a wide variety of family walks, horse riding, fishing, picnics... and a visit to Alpha le parc des loups.

You are free to observe the ibexes, chamois, mouflons, marmots, birds... and at random on a path, perhaps meet the wolf!
From the top of the summits, the grandiose panorama of the French Riviera is outlined on the blue of the Mediterranean Sea and allows you to see the mountains of Corsica on the horizon in good weather.
It is also an exceptional place for mountaineering and climbing enthusiasts.
Be amazed by the magically coloured forest landscapes and discover the changing aspects of the valley with the rhythm of the seasons.


Vallée de la Fontanalba

Vallée de la Fontanalba
On June 29, 2020

The Fontanalba Valley is, like the Valley of Wonders, an exceptional open-air archaeological site, where thousands of prehistoric engravings have been recorded.


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The Fontanalba Valley is, like the Valley of Wonders, an exceptional open-air archaeological site, where thousands of prehistoric engravings have been recorded.

It is also a very pleasant and quite easy hike, you will discover several high altitude lakes, and certainly chamois or ibex, in the heart of the Mercantour National Park!


Parc de la Valmasque

Parc de la Valmasque
On June 29, 2020

The Valmasque Valley is named after a local legend, which tells that a witch named la masca, accused of all the evils of the village such as bad harvests, was chased away in this worryingly deserted valley.


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The Valmasque Valley is named after a local legend, which tells that a witch named la masca, accused of all the evils of the village such as bad harvests, was chased away in this worryingly deserted valley.

Make no mistake, with its three lakes, Valmasque is majestic. The hut is ideally positioned to enjoy a grandiose landscape, perched above Lac Vert.
It is accessed by a pleasant track, where marmots are legion, in the heart of the Mercantour National Park.


Vallée des Merveilles

Vallée des Merveilles
On June 29, 2020

This valley is located at the foot of Mt Bego and houses more than 40,000 rock engraving. There were created 5000 years ago by people who were contemporaries of Ötzi, the man discovered in ice in Austria in 1991.


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This valley is located at the foot of Mt Bego and houses more than 40,000 rock engraving. There were created 5000 years ago by people who were contemporaries of Ötzi, the man discovered in ice in Austria in 1991.

It is the largest site of rock engraving in Europe. This is really an exceptionnal place. The Mt Bego was a sacred mountain for these people.

You can enter the valley from the Roya valley using the junction towards Casterino, or else from the West, walking from the Gordolasque valley (in the upper Vesubie valley) via the Arpette pass.

To protect the engravings, it is now forbidden to leave the trails. This enbable you only to see a few of them. To see the others you must be with a guide.


Musee de sciences et nature

Musee de sciences et nature
On May 18, 2020

Come and discover the Museum of Bordeaux – science and nature!


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Come and discover the Museum of Bordeaux – science and nature!

Permanent and temporary exhibitions, a multimedia show, workshops and countless surprises promise to make each visit a unique experience.
Round off your visit with a tour of the Art and Science Square.
Historic architecture and contemporary design create the perfect conditions to explore the collections.


Val Rahmeh-Menton Botanical Garden

Val Rahmeh-Menton Botanical Garden
On April 30, 2020

The Botanical Garden Of the Val Rahmeh : The exotic garden of the Val Rahmeh belongs to the Museum of Natural History, at the very South-East of France, right next to the Italian border.


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The Botanical Garden Of the Val Rahmeh : The exotic garden of the Val Rahmeh belongs to the Museum of Natural History, at the very South-East of France, right next to the Italian border. It presents numerous plants and flowers of the hot countries in an ambiance expressive of the fragile beauty of a far away world.Plants at the service of beauty and supporting scientific research: A place to relax with a unique microclimate, facing the sea and sheltered by the ”Bercea” Mountain. This oasis of peace and silence offers all year its multiple and coloured vistas.


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