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PICS – France

This is a collection of picture galleries from France, the result of trips to different parts of the country over many years. Not all...

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Corsica, an island in the sun

This summer we chose a destination where everybody, big and small, could have their wishes realised. The boys demanded beach and pool, so...

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VIDEO – France – Corsica – North Coast

A car ride from the east coast to the north western coast of Corsica. Corte, L’Île-Rousse and the Artisan Route in the mountains....

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VIDEO – France – Corsica – East Coast

A car ride down the east coast of Corsica, from Bastia to Porto Vecchio, Palombaggia Beach to Bonifacio in the very south. Audio:...

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VIDEO – France – Paris

“Banks of the Seine, Paris” is no. 600 on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The video contains highlights of all the famous...

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The second of two days in Paris

My day 2 in Paris actually includes part of a day 3 as well. But who cares? The first half or more of the day I spent doing what the first...

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The first of two days in Paris

My first day in Paris was about revisiting almost all the familiar sights, but also spending some time at places I had not seen before....

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World Heritage #0601 – Reims

There are many Gothic churches in Europe on the Heritage List. This one in northern France is one. The UNESCO World Heritage List includes...

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VIDEO – France – Reims

“Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims” is no. 601 on UNESCO’s World Heritage...

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VIDEO – France – Champagne

A short video from the famous wine district of Champagne in France. Audio: Antonio Vivaldi’s Summer Concerto No 2 in G minor Opus 8...

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A day trip to Champagne

A day in Champagne Our hotel was situated almost an hour outside Paris, probably in an effort to keep costs at a minimum. Going to...

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Introduction to a surprise visit to Champagne and Paris

This trip came as a result of an offer I couldn’t refuse. It was free! One day I received a letter congratulating me with having won...

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Villages and towns of Provence

There are numerous villages and towns in Provence worthy a visit. A visitor has many opportunities and not all are very different. It all...

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Roman ruins and medieval fortresses in Provence

In the introduction to this article I mentioned the fact that the name of Provence is derived from the region’s status as a “province” in...

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Provence – What is it?

What is it with Provence? Foreigners having spent a year or more write books warning us of the difficulties visitors face. Yet we are...

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InterRail West (10) The French Riviera and the return home

Lazy, lovely days on the Cote d’Azur… and the long way home.   Wednesday 21.8.1991, Nice The night train brought us back to...

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World Heritage #0495 – Strasbourg – Grande île

This is a very nice town to walk around in, parts of which set you back a few hundred years in time. The UNESCO World Heritage List...

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InterRail West (5) Provence and the Cote d’Azur

The papal city of Avignon with an unfinished bridge, picturesque villages in Provence and a first look at the French Riviera.     Sunday...

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World Heritage #0344 – Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)

There are many Roman aqueducts to be found throughout Europe, but few as impressive as this one. The UNESCO World Heritage List includes...

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World Heritage #0228 – Historic Centre of Avignon

Corrupt popes and internal fights for power in Rome lay the grounds for Avignon’s rise as an important town. The UNESCO World...

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InterRail West (4) The Loire Valley and its palaces

Grand palaces and parks in the Loire Valley.     Friday 9.8.1991, Blois We spent most of the day on trains, a part of the stretch with the...

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World Heritage #0933 – The Loire Valley

Beautiful scenery and some amazing palaces set on the river banks. The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with...

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InterRail West (3) Normandie and Bretagne

A famous tapestry and D-Day beaches in Normandy and a strange mountain in the sea in Brittany.   Wednesday 7.8.1991, Bayeux We had an...

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World Heritage #0080 – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

There are many monasteries located on remote hilltops, but few as large and iconic as this one. The UNESCO World Heritage List includes...

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InterRail West (2) A few days in Paris & Versailles

Sightseeing in Paris and a day at Versailles.   Sunday 4.8.1991, Paris Yes, yes, yes. Then I’m here in the old capital of the Franks. My...

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