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Built by the Romans in the first century AD, Le Pont du Gard is one of the worlds most remarkable bridges. It is also one of the great masterpieces of Roman architecture and engineering.
The Light Garden of the Angel King Peter Levi an Eland 2013 reprint of the 1972 edition of Levi's account of his and Bruce Chatwin's search for archaeological sites and other adventures in Afghanistan in 1968. Superb.
Once upon a time, so the story goes, Sir Raymond DAvignon, Lord of Roussillon married a beautiful and spirited lady named Sirmonda. He took her back to his home in Provence and they settled down to live happily ever after.
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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I and is still popularly...
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Along with sunshine, bright blue skies, terra cotta roofs, bleached stone and landscapes of faded green, lavender is a symbol of Provence. The name lavender derives from the Latin verb lavare, and in turn from the French laver, to wash....
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Tucked into a narrow valley just outside the mediaeval village of Gordes, is LAbbaye de Senanque. The thick rows of purple lavender in the foreground, the faded stone walls and slate roof silhouetted against a background of deep blue provenale sky,...
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Don't you hate being at the mercy of whoever is in control of the thermostat Now, on Virgin America, you control the temperate of your own personal space. You can read more about it at climate-control-at-35-000-feet Unfortunately this isn't...
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At the summit of a perilously steep cone of rock, surrounded by plains of rolling Luberon farmland, in the South of France, is the village perch (literally, the perched village) of Gardes. Viewed from an equally perilous (and unfenced!!!)...
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To Sydneysiders, Vaucluse is an exclusive harbourside suburb. To Melbournians, it is a Catholic enclave on highly desirable hilltop.
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Sur le pont dAvignon, lon y danse, lon y danse Sur le pont dAvignon, lon y danse tout en rond On the bridge of Avignon, we dance, we dance On the bridge of Avignon we dance in a circle. These words and the catchy little...
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Cruise holidays have never gone out of fashion. In fact, recent research has revealed that certain trends such as luxury river cruising or themed luxury cruises will continue to gain popularity among cruise travellers in the foreseeable future.
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Dating back to the time of the Romans, the ancient town of Chartres has a long and rich history. But most of the stories of Chartres are lost in the shadow of its most famous and most prominent landmark the magnificent Gothic Cathdrale de Notre...
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On July 4, 1189, in the keep of a feudal fortress on the banks of the Loire River, Henry Plantagenet admitted defeat to King Philip Augustus of France and signed the treaty known as Le Paix de Colombiers In 1539, Jean Le Breton, Minister of...
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How to Steal $787.33 Drive a taxi... Woman charged $787.33 for two mile cab ride They don't call it a hack license for nothing! License to steal...
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Recently I booked an overseas trip with fairly intricate details, timings etc entirely over the internet. When asked by a colleague which travel agent I was using, a gasp and an expletive followed my blas, none, its so much easier to do it...
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Constructed between 1515 and 1527, by Gilles Berthelot, a wealthy financier of Franois Premier, the chteau of Azay-le Rideau is hailed as one of the masterpieces of 16th century architecture. Although relatively small, it embodies all the French...
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As the Eiffel Tower is Paris, so is Le Chateau de Chambord to the Loire Valley. It's the icon, the face of the region.
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Sited on a hill in the centre of the Loire Valley city of the same name, Le Chteau de Blois offers a fascinating look at four hundred years of French history and architecture. The original building was a mediaeval castle constructed by the...
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Built in the 11th century, on a steep hillside overlooking the River Loire, Le Chateau dAmboise enjoyed its first few centuries as a tranquil retreat. Then, in 1434, its owner was convicted of plotting against King Louis XI and the chteau was...



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