Abbaye de Fontfroide

Abbaye de Fontfroide

Fontfroide is one of the great Cistercian abbeys of France. Alone and magnificent in the inhabited silence of the scrubland, it offers to the sun's games its beautiful ochre and pink stones.


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The abbey is located in the heart of the Fontfroide Massif, which consists of 4000 hectares of unspoilt nature. Bathed by the Fontfroide stream, this sumptuous Cistercian ensemble from the 12th and 13th centuries is nestled in the heart of a typically Mediterranean landscape. During the Crusade against the Albigensians, it became a bastion of Catholic orthodoxy in the face of Catharism.
After the last departure of the monks in 1901, Gustave and Madeleine Fayet bought it in 1908, restored it and embellished it. Inside, the terraced gardens on the hills are open to visitors. They are labelled Remarkable Gardens and LPO refuge.


Etang de Thau

Etang de Thau

This is a site well worth visiting in Languedoc for the amazing shades of blue that colour the sea and sky.


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Right beside the Mediterranean sea, in the sunny South of France, this salt water lake or lagoon irrigates the Pays de Thau area, including Sète, Balaruc-les-Bains, Bouzigues, Mèze and Marseillan.


Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis

Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis

The last resting place of the kings and queens of France. Built on the tomb of Saint Denis, missionary bishop who died around 250, the royal abbey of Saint-Denis housed the graves of 43 kings, 32 queens and 10 servants of the monarchy from the death of King Dagobert in 639 until the 19th century. In 1966, the basilica was elevated to the rank of a cathedral.


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The last resting place of the kings and queens of France. Built on the tomb of Saint Denis, missionary bishop who died around 250, the royal abbey of Saint-Denis housed the graves of 43 kings, 32 queens and 10 servants of the monarchy from the death of King Dagobert in 639 until the 19th century. In 1966, the basilica was elevated to the rank of a cathedral.
A sculpture museum. With more than 70 medieval chants and monumental tombs from the Renaissance, the basilica contains within it the most important collection of funerary sculptures from the 12th to 16th centuries.The birth of Gothic art. Designed by Abbot Suger, advisor to the kings, from 1135 to 1144, completed in the 13th century under the reign of Saint Louis, a major work of Gothic art, the church inaugurates the central place of light, symbol of the divine, in religious architecture. 
 
 

Musée Fesch

Musée Fesch

The Palais Fesch-Musée des beaux-arts is the fine arts museum of the city of Ajaccio in Corsica. It has the Musée de France label


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The Fesch Palace was built on the orders of Cardinal Joseph Fesch, Napoleon I's maternal uncle. The cardinal began to develop a passion for art during his first stay in Italy. Throughout his life, he multiplied his acquisitions at exhibitions, public sales, artists and art dealers.


Iles Sanguinaires

Iles Sanguinaires

A curious name, almost alarming, for a natural wonder of the city of Ajaccio. The Iles Sanguinaires are, for any visitor of the Corsican capital, an absolute must. Their name intrigues, their history fascinates and their beauty fills with wonder all those who are privileged to admire them.


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A curious name, almost alarming, for a natural wonder of the city of Ajaccio. The Iles Sanguinaires are, for any visitor of the Corsican capital, an absolute must. Their name intrigues, their history fascinates and their beauty fills with wonder all those who are privileged to admire them.
Located at the entry of the gulf of Ajaccio, the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago is composed of four porphyry islets of a dark red which gives them their emblematic name. Baptized Mezzu Mare, Des Cormorants, Cala d'Alga et Porri, you also have to add the bare rock “ U Sbiru ”.
Another remarkable feature of the site, is the Iles Sanguinaires' lighthouse, dating back to 1870, which is built on the highest point of the Grande Île (Large Island), at 80 metres above sea level. An old semaphore can be found further south. It marks out the south-western coast of Corsica and the entry to the gulf of Ajaccio.
The Îles Sanguinaires and their lighthouse received a visit from a special guest: Alphonse Daudet who stayed on the Grande Ile in 1863. This obviously unforgettable stay inspired him to describe “ the Sanguinaires lighthouse ” in “ The letters from my mill ”:

Manufacture de parapluie de Cherbourg

Manufacture de parapluie de Cherbourg

Quality is growing among men, it is called the Umbrella Manufacture of Cherbourg. It brings together women and men who have invested themselves and transformed themselves into luxury manufacturers. Designed on site, they are handmade with the aim of zero faults, zero defects.


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After Jacques Demy's film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, released in 1963, it was the turn of Véritable Cherbourg to shine the spotlight on the Cotentinese capital. Created in 1986 by Jean Pierre-Yvon, the Véritable Cherbourg is sold all over the world. A jewel adopted by the most famous luxury brands, the umbrella comes in about twenty models and colours, always sporting French elegance. And if its appearance is sensational, its unmistakable resistance makes it one of the strongest umbrellas in the world. Tribute to the film Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. Directed by director Jacques Demy, set to music by Michel Legrand, this mythical film won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

The factory is the heart of Real Cherbourg. It brings together a limited number of women and men Luxury Manufacturers who are passionate about their work.

 
The Manufacture unveils all its secrets through open and guided tours throughout the year. You will discover the manufacturing process of a Real Cherbourg as well as its history and creations. Located in the heart of the city, the Manufacture has moved into the former Banque de France building on Quai Alexandre III, facing the basins.
 
This unique place with its Haussmann style represents the setting of the Genuine Cherbourg. It has private lounges with a view of the port, to receive you in order to contemplate exhibitions of paintings and photos of artists. This exceptional place is to be discovered here.

Chateau de Guédelon

Chateau de Guédelon

In the heart of France, in northern Burgundy, a team of fifty master-builders has taken on an extraordinary challenge: building a castle using medieval techniques and materials.


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In a once disused quarry, surrounded by woodland and all the natural materials required for the construction - stone, wood, earth, sand, clay – day after day, in the presence of thousands of visitors, the quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenter-joiners, blacksmiths, tile makers, carters and rope makers are building a castle from scratch.

Inspired by the past, this building site is also of great relevance to the 21st century.

Guédelon is of scientific, historic and educational interest; it is a tourist destination and, above all, it is a collective venture.


Maison de la magie

Maison de la magie

Located opposite the Château de Blois in a large bourgeois house dating from 1856, the Maison de la magie is an essential stopover during your visit to Blois. Inaugurated on June 1, 1998, it is the only public museum in Europe to present in the same place collections of magic and a permanent live show, different each year.


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When you arrive, let yourself be surprised by the six-headed dragon that appears in the windows every half hour. Inside, on more than 2,000 m² spread over five levels, immerse yourself in the world of magic. Room after room, discover the history of Robert Houdin's magic, life and work, as well as original exhibitions and optical illusions of all kinds. At the crossroads between discovering the city's historical and magical heritage and family entertainment, this temple of magical arts opens its doors to you for a visit full of surprises.


l'Etang de Launay

l'Etang de Launay

As winter approaches, some gardens wake up to let a festival of bark and trunks emerge that magically reinvent this cold season. It is then that the pond of Launay is staged, with real creations, and invites the rarest essences to compose, next to the simplest flowers, a living painting.


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As winter approaches, some gardens wake up to let a festival of bark and trunks emerge that magically reinvent this cold season. It is then that the pond of Launay is staged, with real creations, and invites the rarest essences to compose, next to the simplest flowers, a living painting.
It was in the middle of the 20th century that some horticultural specialists became more interested in winter colourings and the pictorial diversity that bark could bring to the garden. More recently, botanical photographer Cedric Pollet has just published a book on the subject. In France, it is on the Albâtre coast, in Varangeville-sur-Mer, that the "winter garden" fascinates. Princess Greta Sturdza revealed, through the creation of her garden in 1957, Le Vasterival, a harmonious horticultural system, made of simple perspectives, colours and rare associations, evolving from season to season. She passed on her passion for bark to others, which Jean-Louis Dantec, owner of the Etang de Launay, has magnified perfectly since 1989.
A plant temple
It is therefore on the edge of the cliffs of Varengeville sur Mer that this mysterious garden is located, a secret place where the colours hypnotize... during a walk. When Jean-Louis Dantec acquired this 6-hectare sloping site, there was nothing to suggest that it would become a small earthly paradise in a few years. Our eyes are immediately drawn to these small valleys that undulate around multiple bodies of water.
Jean-Louis Dantec wanted to develop the park and took full advantage of this humid and cool microclimate to let thousands of species such as hydrangeas, dogwoods, grasses, maples, prunus, witch hazel whose scents he worships, some conifers... and especially birches explode around him. "They are amazing and today represent a huge range from pure white to red, orange, yellow, zebra... the appearance of their bark changes with the passage of time. "As we walk along, we also remember all the medicinal riches of these species. Birches, let us not forget, are rich in active compounds and contain many depurative and digestive properties. But what attracts the eye is above all the beauty of their winter transformation, whether it is the stems, branches or bark, which take advantage of the disappearance of the foliage to show off. "Of course, there are few colours in winter, but it is the silhouettes that interest me, the tree almost becomes a sculpture. »

Fort d'Uxegney

Fort d'Uxegney

A place full of history with an excellent guide who explains very well.


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Fort Uxegney, briefly renamed Fort Roussel in 1887, is a fortification that forms part of the fortified town of Épinal, located northeast of the town of Uxegney (Vosges). It was built from 1882 to 1884 and then modernized until 1914.
It is an example of a fortification in eastern France of the Séré de Rivières type, still equipped with its armament, forming an integral part of the fortified town of Épinal. We can see the only working copy of a Galopin eclipse turret (invented in 1889 by Alfred Galopin) with a 155 mm barrel, gigantic mechanical of 250 tons dating from 1907. Also a large number of equipment is still in place (kitchen, bedrooms, armoured artillery pieces...), their exceptional state of conservation has justified the inscription of the site on the inventory of historic monuments.


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