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Take a Walk around Paris

A walk around the city of Paris France.

Highlights include:

  • Louvre
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Bridges over the Seine
  • Le Metro
  • Notre Dame
  • Montmartre

and many more sights!

Over 50 minutes of Paris Landmarks

So visit for yourselves and experience all that Paris has to offer first hand. Bon Voyage!

Recommend taking a tour with ‘Sight Seekers Delight’ in Paris. Their various walking tours show you the best of Paris.
http://www.sightseekersdelight.com/

Tour de France 2014 Route

101th Tour de France runs from Saturday July 5th to Sunday July 27th 2014; this year there are 21 stages covering a total distance of 3,656 kilometres.

The teams will be battling it out over

  •     9 flat stages
  •     5 hill stages
  •     6 mountain stages with 5 altitude finishes
  •     1 individual time-trial stage
  •     2 rest days

Last year’s winner Chris Froome is back to defend his title with the Sky team including Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The start of the race is in England – here is the British section start in Yorkshire

 

French Vineyards

France is blessed with vineyards across the who country – many regions have outstanding wines. Bordeaux from the Aquitaine, Chablis and Burgundy (from yes Burgundy), Vouvray in the Centre, and Châteauneuf du Pape from the Rhone-Alpes and the list goes on!

Not only is the wine outstanding but the vineyard landscapes are stunning too!

Let’s start with Châteauneuf du Pape from the Rhone-Alpes

Further west are the famous vineyards around the magnificent city of Bordeaux (well worth a visit too)

Let’s move further north into the Loire Valley and visit the Sancerre vineyards

Discover Loire Valley Chateaux

On this video tour we are exploring the chateau in the Loire Valley of France.  The Loire Valley was added to the list of Unesco World Heritage sites in 2000, and consequently has become a centre of tourism. The accommodation in this area is very diverse from chateau rooms, to hotels and B&Bs.

Perhaps the most famous is the Chenonceau chateau but there are many splendid chateau to discover. See the map of Map of Loire Chateaux below.  Tourism is very important to the area, and there are sorts of tours – not just to the castles. There are bike tours, wine tours, balloon rides down the valley, and even tours by canoe – for more click here. Whilst in the area visit many famous Loire Valley towns: Blois, Chinon, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours.

Map of Loire Valley Chateaux

So where is the Loire Valley? The Loire Valley is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France. Its area comprises about 800 square kilometres. It is often referred to as the Garden of France due to the abundance of vineyards. This map shows the chateaux du Loire . You can scroll left and right to see other locations.

Key to Map

chateau-map

 Video Tours of Loire Valley Chateau – Top 3

1. Chateau de Chenonceau

2) Chambord

3) Villandry Chateau and Gardens

Paris – an intimate look

Rick Steves has produced some great travelogues across Europe – he has many videos about France and especially Paris.

In the first one Rick says: In Paris, amidst all of its grandeur, the little joys of life are still embraced. In this first of two episodes on Paris, we’ll cruise the Seine River, visit Napoleon’s tomb, and take in the Louvre. Then we’ll feel the pulse of Paris — shopping in village-like neighborhoods, attending church in a grand pipe organ loft, and celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang.

 

In part 2 Rick embraces the art across Paris – in Rick’s words: we’ll ride a unicorn into the Middle Ages at the Cluny Museum, take a midnight Paris joyride in a classic car, get an extremely close-up look at heavenly stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle, go on a tombstone pilgrimage at Père Lachaise Cemetery, and savor the Parisian café scene. Few cites are so confident in their expertise in good living — and as travelers, we get to share in that uniquely Parisian “joie de vivre.”

Provence and it World Heritage Sites

Provence has many attractions – from lovely village and hilltop towns in Peter Mayle’s Luberon down to the sandy beaches on the Cote d’Azur and chic shops and restaurants.

But whilst in Provence you should not miss out on some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in this area. They are well worth a visit.

1. Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
2. Historical center of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge
3. Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the “Triumphal Arch” of Orange

Take a video tour of these World Heritage sites:

Arles

Orange

Avignon

Most Beautiful Region of France?

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Loubressac – Wikipedia Commons License

There are lots of contenders for this title – you will probably get a diverse opinions for sure!

If you love rural France, then perhaps you can judge by the number of most beautiful villages in France (Les plus beaux villages de France) per region. The winner on that count is the Midi-Pyrenees.  There are over 30 villages in the Midi-Pyrenees with that accreditation.

Here are some of the villages featured:

1) Loubressac

Perched on a promontory that offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Dordogne valley and the surrounding castles, Loubressac invites visitors to discover its charming medieval houses built of ochre stone and capped with pointed roofs. The church of Saint Jean Baptiste and the château, a manor dating back to the 15C and 18C, are worth the short climb it takes to reach them.

2) Belcastel

In this former stopping place on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, by the banks of the Aveyron, stone-built houses and roofs tiled with “lauzes” stone slabs rise in tiers at the foot of the fortified castle that was remarkably well restored in the late 1970s by architect Fernand Pouillon.

3) Najac

Najac is built along a rocky ridge, overlooked by a fortress that was once the envy of Kings of France and England. Its “lauze” stone-slab-roofed houses stretch out above the wild gorges of the Aveyron. Take the rampart walk and you will get an amazing view of the wild open spaces around you.

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