Architecture

French architecture brings together buildings and monuments from different eras, histories and regions that make France a diverse and unique country. So many buildings and monuments that have survived the years and centuries and that we can still admire today during our holidays. The City of Carcassonne, the Palace of Versailles, Strasbourg Cathedral, the Palais des Papes, the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel... and many other historical and modern monuments to discover during your vacation.

31 July 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Culture, Tourism

Amphoralis, the museum of pottery

The Sallèles antique pottery workshop dating back to the start of the High Romain Empire was a site where a huge volumes of clay pottery was produced. Situated near the Canal du Midi not far from the village of Sallèles-d'Aude, excavations began in 1976 and the Amphoralis museum designed by Roland Castro and Jean-Pierre Gary opened its doors to the public in December 1992.

22 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Architecture

La Grande Roue

La Grande Roue (The Big Wheel) of Paris was unveiled at the Exposition Universelle in 1900. It was the tallest wheel in the world at its opening. The passenger pods were so large that they were removed from the wheel and used as homes for French families during The First World War. Since 1900, the Grand Roue has become a spectacular site at Fetes Foraines throughout the summer in France.

21 May 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Architecture

Eiffel's designs - apart from the tower.

Yes, the tower. But Gustave Eiffel also designed many other structures, not only in France, but around the world. He contributed to the construction of the Statue of Liberty in New York and designed several bridges for the French Railways. Discover more about Gustave Eiffel...

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05 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO , Architecture

Albi

Albi a hidden gem in Midi-Pyrenees, nestled in the Midi-Pyrenees region. The city of Albi may not be first on your list of cities to visit in France, but it has a lot to offer the visitor, including the impressive UNESCO-listed brick cathedral.

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21 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, Architecture

Carcassonne New Town

Here's what to see in the 'Ville Basse' of Carcassonne. The new town of Carcassonne offers, shops, bars, restaurants and markets and the lower town (Ville Basse) or 'new town' is where you head, to return to the modern world, although there are still buildings dating back to medieval times.

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14 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Tourism, UNESCO

Arena of Nîmes

Step back in time at the Arènes de Nîmes and you will be transported back to Roman times when you step into its preserved amphitheatre, built around AD 70. Nîmes amphitheatre is a wonderful place to visit and recommended is the audio tour to get the most out of the visit and to learn more about the arena's gory and fascinating past.

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13 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Tourism

The Millau Viaduct

Visit the tallest road bridge in the world, with the bridge's road towering 890 feet over the Tarn river, this is a true feat of engineering and an impressive sight. The Millau viaduct, or Millau bridge, spans 2.46 kilometres across the Tarn river and valley. Constructed between 2001 and 2004 with one of its masts 343 metres (1,125 feet) high, makes it 19 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. It is a major tourist attraction in the Northern Occitanie (formerly Languedoc-Roussillon) region.

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05 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Architecture, Holidays

The Bubble Palace

It’s one of the most extraordinary pieces of architecture in the world. Situated on a hilltop on the Cote d’Azur with far-reaching views over the Mediterranean, Pierre Cardin’s famous ‘Bubble Palace’ could be yours. It’s up for sale. Find out more about this unique property and how much you will need if you may be interested in buying...

16 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Architecture, UNESCO

Arles and The Luma Tower

The classical architecture of the Provençal town of Arles has recently been challenged by something quite extraordinary - a contemporary 56 metre tower that dominates the skyline and resembles what has been called 'a stainless-steel tornado'. To some, it is beautiful and revolutionary, to some of the residents of Arles, it is neither...


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