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January 31, 2019

France: Shellfish in Brittany

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Moules-frites with mustard and creme

It didn’t take long after our arrival in Brittany before shellfish made up a big part of our diet. Brittany is famous for its fresh fish, particularly the shellfish. Indeed, the regions renowned bivalves were a big reason why in August of 2018 we headed to Brittany. (more…)

January 29, 2019

France: Le Palais

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Boats moored in Le Palais on Belle-Île-en-Mer

Le Palais is one of the four communes on Belle Île, a 32 square mile island in the Bay of Biscay off the south coast of Brittany. This picturesque village of 2,500 people is centered on a small sheltered fishing port overlooked by the massive Citadelle de Belle-Île-en-Mer designed by the famous French military architect Vauban. Le Palais’ citadelle was considered for inscription as part of UNESCO’s “Fortifications of Vauban” UNESCO World Heritage listing but was left off the final list. (more…)

January 28, 2019

France: Nantes, Machines of the Isle of Nantes

Le Grand Éléphant in motion

The Machines of the Isle of Nantes or in French Les Machines de l’île defies simple categorization. (more…)

January 25, 2019

France: Nantes, Château des ducs de Bretagne

Inside the walls at the Château des ducs de Bretagne in Nantes

Nantes’ Château des ducs de Bretagne, or in English the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, is the historic base for the rulers of Brittany. Oddly Brittany’s main castle is not in the Region of Brittany, at least now. (more…)

January 23, 2019

France: Nantes

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La Tour Lu, the tower of the first Lu cookie factory

Sometimes you just like the vibe of a place. So it was with Nantes France. (more…)

January 20, 2019

France: Saumur, Musée des Blindés

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Staring down the barrel

On the outskirts of Saumur France is a large tank museum, the Musée des Blindés or in English the “Museum of Armored Vehicles”. Begun in 1977 it is now one of the world’s largest tank museums holding the world’s largest collection of armored fighting vehicles. It contains well over 880 vehicles.   (more…)

January 19, 2019

France: Abbaye de Fontevraud

Abbaye de Fontevraud

The Royal Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud (in French: abbaye de Fontevraud) was a monastery in the village of Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, near the commune of Chinon in France’s Loire Valley. It was founded in 1101 by the itinerant preacher Robert of Arbrissel. Robert’s abbey flourished and became the center of a new monastic Order, the Order of Fontevrault. (more…)

January 18, 2019

France: Saumur and the Château de Saumur

Château de Saumur sits in the Loire Valley vineyards.

The Loire Valley is studded with famous châteaux. Indeed, UNESCO has inscribed “The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes” on its Heritage list, lauding the valley’s historic towns and numerous grand châteaux. Though the towns are interesting, it is the châteaux that motivate most visits. They are truly over the top. (more…)

January 16, 2019

France: Château de Chenonceau

Visitors enter Château de Chenonceau

“We’ve been here before.” (more…)

January 14, 2019

France: Hospices de Beaune

Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune

Our first visit to the Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune was on a rainy day in 2010. On the day we visited seeing the inside of the former charity hospital founded in 1443 was a good escape from the soaking rains. The rains unfortunately caused us to miss getting good pictures at the exterior of the building, a fine example of 15th Century French architecture with a distinctive Burgundy tile roof. In August of 2018 we made it back on a sunny day. Nevertheless the light was not perfect for photos. We might just have to visit again. (more…)

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