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Meaux

 
Meaux Meaux is a commune of Seine-et-Marne, in the metropolitan area of Paris, France. This Francilienne town is located 41.1 km. (25.5 miles) east-northeast from the center of Paris (as the crow flies). Meaux is a sous-prefecture of the Seine-et-Marne department, being the seat of the Arrondissement of Meaux. Although it is the most populous commune in the Seine-et-Marne, it is not the prefecture (capital), which resides in the commune of Melun. Meaux, together with 18 smaller neighboring communes, form an urban area of 67,956 inhabitants (1999 census). This urban area is a satellite city of Paris. Meaux is known for Brie de Meaux (a variety of Brie cheese) and the local variety of mustard. ...
 

RueilMalmaison

 
RueilMalmaison Rueil-Malmaison was originally called simply Rueil. In Medieval times the name Rueil was spelled either Roialum, Riogilum, Rotoialum, Ruolium, or Ruellium. This name is made of the Celtic word ialo (meaning clearing, glade, place of) suffixed to a radical meaning brook, stream (Latin rivus, Old French ru), or maybe to a radical meaning ford (Celtic ritu). In 1928 the name of the commune officially became Rueil-Malmaison in reference to its most famous tourist attraction, the Chteau de Malmaison, home of Napoleon's first wife Josephine de Beauharnais. The name Malmaison comes from Medieval Latin mala mansio, meaning ill-fated domain, estate of ill luck. In the Early Middle Ages Malmaison was the site of a royal r...
 

Bordeaux

 
Bordeaux Bordeaux is located on the western Atlantic coast of France. It is famous for its wines, Gascogne for its Cognac. But also for those not primarily interested in alcoholic beverages this region has a lot to offer, Beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees, great beach resorts such as Biarritz and many medieval towns and castles. The Dordogne valley isn't far away either. North of Bordeaux Poitiers is an excellent base for exploring the Charente and the Poitou. La Rochelle is one of the most attractive seaside towns in France with many 17-th century mansions. La Rochelle made its fortune in the trade with the new world. The Ile doleron is the second largest French island and has a lot of sandy beaches. The Basque region...
 

Carnac

 
Carnac Carnac is famous as the site of more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones. The stones were hewn from local rock and erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany. Local tradition claims that the reason they stand in such perfectly straight lines is that they are a Roman legion turned to stone by Merlin (Brittany has its own local versions of the Arthurian cycle). The Carnac stones were erected during the Neolithic period which lasted from around 4500 BC until 2000 BC. The precise date of the stones is difficult to ascertain as little dateable material has been found beneath them, but c.3300 BC is commonly attributed to the site's main phase of activity. One interpretation of the site is that successive generations...
 

Cognac

 
Cognac When you arrive in the small town of Cognac you immediately smell what it's famous for. Many distilleries give the air a heady scent. Most people are here for visiting one or more of the cognac chais. Most of them are situated on the Grand Rue which winds through the old centre. One of the best to visit is Hennesy a major name in brandy-land and run by a family of Irish origin. Hennesy has some 200,000 barrels of true cognac in stock....
 

Ile d' Oleron

 
Ile d' Oleron The Ile d' Oleron is a very popular holiday destination for the French. It has excellent beaches....
 

Ile de Re

 
Ile de Re Ile de Re (formerly also Ile de Rhe; in English Isle of Rhe) is an island off the west coast of France near La Rochelle, on the northern side of the Pertuis d'Antioche strait. The island is 30 km long, 5 km wide, and a 2.9 km bridge, completed in 1988, connects it to La Rochelle on the mainland. The area is a popular tourist destination. It has approximately the same number of hours of sunshine as the famous southern coast of France. The island is noted to have a constant light breeze, and the water temperature is generally cool. The island is surrounded with gently sloping, sandy beaches, which are a real treat for families and tourists. The island has a resident winter population of approximately 16,000 res...
 

La Rochelle

 
La Rochelle La Rochelle is one of the most interesting seaside towns in France. The centre and the waterfront date from the 17-th century when the town played an important in the trade with the new world. The most attractive area is located between the harbour and the place de Verdun. The Grosse Horloge is a gateway to the old town and dominates the harbour. It gives access to the rue du palais which is filled with shops under the 18-th century arcades. The main sights to visits include the Musee du nouveau Monde and the Hotel de Ville. ...
 

Lege Cap

 
Lege Cap The presqu'ile of Lege Cap Ferret has the finest beaches in the south west of France. The peninsula is know for it's secondary residential community....
 

Les Eyzies

 
Les Eyzies It is commonplace for Les Eyzies to be introduced as the world's Prehistoric Capital and the numerous painted caves and, particularly, the proliferation of rock shelters only confirm this notion. The most varied prehistoric, and historic, styles and periods are represented, making Les Eyzies the archetypal town for travelling through the past. This vast, motionless promenade enables us to appreciate more thoroughly the passing of prehistoric time. From La Micoque to Laugerie-Basse, from 300,000 to 5000 years B.C., prehistory at Les Eyzies lasted one hundred and fifty times longer than the Christian era. Even if you only have a passing interest in prehistoric times, Les Eyzies would be worth a visit. if only for its...
 

 

 

 

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