Île-de-France, the Paris Region

28 August 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris

Eiffel Tower and La Defense business district from the Tour Montparnasse © flickr.com - David McSpadden/cc-by-2.0

Eiffel Tower and La Defense business district from the Tour Montparnasse © flickr.com – David McSpadden/cc-by-2.0

Île-de-France (literally “Island of France”) is the most populous of the 18 regions of France. It is located in the north-central part of the country and often called the Région Parisienne (“Paris Region”) because it includes the city of Paris. Île-de-France is densely populated and economically important: it covers only 12,012 square kilometres (4,638 square miles), about 2% of France’s territory, but has an official estimated population of 12,213,364 (18.2% of the population of France) and accounts for nearly 30% of the French Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Although the modern name Île-de-France literally means “Island of France”, the etymology is in fact unclear. The “island” may refer to the land between the rivers Oise, Marne and Seine, or it may also have been a reference to the Île de la Cité, where the French royal palace and cathedral were located.   read more…

Grands Causses Regional Natural Park in Occitanie

21 August 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Environment, General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks, UNESCO World Heritage

Avène © Toutaitanous/cc-by-sa-3.0

Avène © Toutaitanous/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Regional Nature Park Grands Causses (French: Parc naturel régional des Grands Causses) is located in the French department of Aveyron in the Occitania region. The nature park was founded on May 6, 1995 and today covers an area of around 327,000 hectares. The park administration is based in Millau, where the “Maison du Parc” is located. The park is made up of 93 municipalities with a catchment area of around 68,000 inhabitants. A part of the Grands Causses Regional Nature Park is the Causses and Cévennes Property, which in turn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Larger towns in the park are Millau, Saint-Affrique, Sévérac d’Aveyron (Commune nouvelle; formerly: Sévérac-le-Château), Creissels, Vabres-l’Abbaye and Saint-Georges-de-Luzençon.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Terrasson-Lavilledieu

25 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Terrasson-Lavilledieu is a commune in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in France. Terrasson-Lavilledieu is about 150 kilometers east of Bordeaux in southwestern France.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Boulazac

24 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Château du Lieu-Dieu © Fred Scalliet/cc-by-sa-3.0

Château du Lieu-Dieu © Fred Scalliet/cc-by-sa-3.0

Boulazac Isle Manoire has been a French commune nouvelle in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region with a population of 10,600 since January 1, 2016. The municipality belongs to the Arrondissement Périgeux and the canton of Isle-Manoire. It emerged from the fusion of Atur, Boulazac and Saint-Laurent-sur-Manoire. On January 1, 2017, Sainte-Marie-de-Chignac joined the municipality.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Coulounieix-Chamiers

23 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Château des Izards © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Château des Izards © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-4.0

Coulounieix-Chamiers (Occitan: Colonhés e Champs Niers) is a municipality in the French region of Aquitaine with 7,700 inhabitants. It is located in the Dordogne department, belongs to the Arrondissement Périgueux and is part of the canton of Coulounieix-Chamiers. The inhabitants are called Colomniérois.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Trélissac

22 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Trélissac is a commune in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in France. Administratively, it belongs to the Arrondissement Périgueux and is part of the canton of Trélissac. The inhabitants are called Trélissacois. The River Isle forms the southern boundary of the municipality, which is a banlieue of Périgueux.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne – Saint-Astier

21 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Saint-Astier on Isle River © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saint-Astier on Isle River © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saint-Astier is a small town and a French municipality with 5,500 inhabitants in the Dordogne department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The municipality consists of the main town as well as a few hamlets (hameaux) and individual farmsteads (fermes). The continued population growth of the small town is largely due to immigration from the surrounding rural areas as a result of the increasing mechanization of agriculture and the abandonment of smallholder farms.   read more…

Theme Week Dordogne

20 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Domme during morning fog © Ghezoart - www.GhezoArt.be/cc-by-sa-3.0

Domme during morning fog © Ghezoart – www.GhezoArt.be/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dordogne is a department in Southwestern France, with its prefecture in Périgueux. The department is located in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees and is named after the river Dordogne that runs through it. It corresponds roughly with the historically and culinary significant ancient county of Périgord. It had a population of 416,909 in 2013. The Dordogne department is rich in archaeological sites (Dolmens of Cantegrel, Dolmens Peyre Levade) and caves as well as rock shelter with petroglyphs, rock paintings and sculptures from the Stone Age, troglodytic buildings and villages, as well as other natural caves that are open to the public. Attractions are also some castles, numerous chateaus (list of castles and chateaus in the Dordogne) and various abbeys.   read more…

Chapel of Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe in France

17 July 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© W. Bulach/cc-by-sa-4.0

© W. Bulach/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Michel d’Aiguilhe (St. Michael of the Needle) is a chapel in Aiguilhe, near Le Puy-en-Velay in France. The chapel is reached by 268 steps carved into the rock. It was built in 969 on a volcanic plug 85 metres (279 ft) high. The surface on top of the plug is 57 metres (187 ft) in diameter.   read more…

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