Sainte-Adresse in Normandy

2 January 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

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Beach huts © – corinne potet/cc-by-3.0

Sainte-Adresse is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the region of Normandy, France. A coastal suburb situated some 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Le Havre city centre, at the junction of the D147 and the D940. The English Channel forms the western border of the commune.   read more…

Saint-Denis in Île-de-France

29 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  12 minutes

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Town hall © Chabe01/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Denis is a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 9.4 km (5.8 mi) from the centre of Paris. Saint-Denis, which has a population of 112,000, is a subprefecture of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, being the seat of the arrondissement of Saint-Denis. It is home to France’s national football and rugby stadium, the Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Saint-Denis is a formerly industrial suburb currently changing its economic base. Inhabitants of Saint-Denis are called Dionysiens.   read more…

Porquerolles on the French Riviera

23 December 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: French Riviera, General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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Porquerolles, also known as the Île de Porquerolles, is an island in the Îles d’Hyères, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. Its land area is 1,254 hectares (12.54 km²; 4.84 sq mi) and in 2004 its population was about 200. Since 2010, the island also hosts a jazz festival each summer (“Jazz à Porquerolles”).   read more…

Gordes in the Provence

26 November 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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Gordes (Occitan: Gòrda) is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. The residents are known as Gordiens. The nearest big city is Avignon; smaller cities nearby include Cavaillon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Apt. The territory of Gordes occupies some of “Les Monts de Vaucluse“, a group of mountains and hills, part in the valley of the Calavon (a local river) also called the “Luberon Valley”. Gordes is part of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“the most beautiful villages of France”).   read more…

Paris Observatory

1 November 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, House of the Month, Paris / Île-de-France, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  8 minutes

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The Paris Observatory (French: Observatoire de Paris), a research institution of the Paris Sciences et Lettres University, is the foremost astronomical observatory of France, and one of the largest astronomical centers in the world. Its historic building is on the Left Bank of the Seine in central Paris, but most of the staff work on a satellite campus in Meudon, a suburb southwest of Paris. The Paris Observatory was founded in 1667. Construction was completed by the early 1670s and coincided with a major push for increased science, and the founding of the Royal Academy of Sciences. King Louis XIV’s minister of finance organized a “scientific powerhouse” to increase understanding of astronomy, maritime navigation, and science in general. Through the centuries the Paris Observatory has continued in support of astronomical activities, and in the 21st century connects multiple sites and organizations, supporting astronomy and science, past and present.   read more…

Tuileries Garden in Paris

11 August 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  13 minutes

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The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France. Created by Catherine de’ Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667 and became a public park after the French Revolution. In the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, it was a place where Parisians celebrated, met, strolled and relaxed.   read more…

Tetiꞌaroa in the Pacific

31 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels Reading Time:  6 minutes

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Tetiꞌaroa (French: Teti’aroa) is an atoll in the Windward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas territorial collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. Once the vacation spot for Tahitian royalty, the islets are under a 99-year lease contracted by Marlon Brando. Tetiꞌaroa is administratively part of the commune of Arue, whose main part is in the northeastern part of Tahiti. The atoll is located 53 kilometres (33 mi) north of Tahiti. The atoll has a total surface area of 6 square kilometres (2 sq mi); approximately 585 hectares (1,450 acres) of sand divided by 12 motus (islets) with varying surface areas. The lagoon is approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) wide and 30 metres (98 ft) deep. The atoll has no reef opening, making access by boat nearly impossible.   read more…

Moulin Rouge in Paris

16 July 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© – Christine Zenino/cc-by-2.0

Moulin Rouge (French: lit. “Red Mill”) is a cabaret in Paris, France. The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche.   read more…

Romans-sur-Isère in southeastern France

7 May 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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Romans-sur-Isère is a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France. Romans-sur-Isère is located on the Isère, 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Valence. There are more than 50,000 inhabitants in the urban area (if the neighboring town of Bourg-de-Péage is included). Romans is close to the Vercors.   read more…

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