Château-des-Baux in Provence

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13 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château-des-Baux in Provence

Château-de-Baux has a long and rich history, dating back to the 10th century with early texts documenting the château original name as being Château Balcio and the residence of Lord Pons le Jeaune. In the 14th century the câateau became home to the Lord of Baux, who famously became known as 'the scourge of Provence', because he defied and rebelled the court of France and the pontifical power during his rein.

The Pont du Gard in Occitanie

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12 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The Pont du Gard in Occitanie

The UNESCO listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard is sure to impress. Built in the 1st century AD and towering nearly 50m above the riverbed, this should be a firmly on your daytrip list when visiting the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie. Built as part of a series of aqueducts supplying the then Roman city of Nîmes, the Pont du Gard is now a well deserved UNESCO world heritage listed site.

Château de Brézé

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11 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château de Brézé in the Loire Valley

A unique 11th century medieval fortress with 1km of underground tunnels. Visit Château de Brézé in the Loire Valley and take a guided tour in the underground passageways, just 10 minutes from Saumur. With history dating back to the 11th century and having been completely transformed in the 16th and again in the 19th century, Château de Brézé now produces wine from the local vineyards.

Lérins Islands near Cannes

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10 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Lérins Islands near Cannes

Take the 15 minutes or so boat trip from Mandelieu-La Napoule in Cannes, across to the two Lérins Islands. The larger of the two, Sainte-Marguerite island offers its visitors 22 kilometres of pathways to explore. On Sainte-Marguerite island is the Royal Fort, a prison that once imprisoned 'the man in the iron mask', made famous by novel written by the author Alexandre Dumas.

Château de Beynac

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09 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château de Beynac

Positioned 150 metres above the Dordogne River, Château de Beynac is a 12th century fortress situated near Beynac-et-Cazenac in the Périgord, one of the most beautiful villages in France. The castle state rooms once hosted King Richard I 'the Lion-Heart' of England, Simon de Montfort, leader of one of the crusades, the Lords of Beynac and the four baronneries of Périgord.

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