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The châteaux of the Loire

A crazy Halloween at the Château de Meung-sur-Loire

The Château de Meung-sur-Loire A bit of history Visiting the Château de Meung-sur-Loire is like diving into history. It was a significant site during the Hundred Years’ War, becoming an English fortress before being liberated by Joan of Arc. The poet François Villon was imprisoned in the château’s dungeon in 1461. Around 1706, Bishop Louis-Gaston …

Grand Est

Colmar, the postcard of Alsace

A bit of history Colmar was ceded to the German Empire in 1871 and then became French again after the armistice of 1918. Nicknamed “Little Venice” because of its numerous canals, its medieval half-timbered colorful houses, and its abundant flowers, it is a very romantic city. Having been annexed by Germany for a long time, …

French Basque Country

Abbadia castle-observatory : an unusual castle in the Basque Country

A bit of history This castle was built at the request of Antoine d’Abbadie, born in 1810, who had two very different cultural backgrounds, with an Irish mother and a Basque father. A great scholar, he was passionate about geography, astronomy, and Oriental culture. He turned his castle into a truly unique museum. He was …

Loire

A day at the Château de Cheverny

The Château de Cheverny The Château de Cheverny is a Loire Valley castle located in Sologne and classified as a historical monument. It inspired Hergé to create his Château de Moulinsart. The Cheverny Estate belongs to the Hurault de Vibraye family. It was one of the first private châteaux to open to the public in …