Sèvres in the Île-de-France region

9 November 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France

Town hall © Benjism89/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town hall © Benjism89/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sèvres is a commune in the southwestern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 9.9 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the centre of Paris and is in the department of Hauts-de-Seine in the region of Île-de-France. The commune is known for its famous porcelain production at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, which was also where the abortive Treaty of Sèvres was signed.   read more…

Musée des Blindés in Saumur

31 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Museums, Exhibitions

© Kev22/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Kev22/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Musée des Blindés (“Museum of Armoured Vehicles”) or Musée Général Estienne is a tank museum located in the Loire Valley of France, in the town of Saumur in the Maine-et-Loire departement of the Pays de la Loire region. It is now one of the world’s largest tank museums. It began in 1977 under the leadership of Colonel Michel Aubry, who convinced both the French military hierarchy and the local political authorities. Started 43 years ago with only a few hundred tracked vehicles, it has become a world-class collection which attracts visitors interested in the history of multinational tank development as well as professional armor specialists. From the very beginning, Colonel Aubry had made it a key policy of the museum to restore to running condition as many historically or technically significant vehicles as was feasible.   read more…

Boulogne-Billancourt in the Île-de-France region

27 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France

Auditorium of 'La Seine Musicale' © GraphyArchy/cc-by-sa-4.0

Auditorium of ‘La Seine Musicale’ © GraphyArchy/cc-by-sa-4.0

Boulogne-Billancourt, often colloquially called simply Boulogne, until 1924 Boulogne-sur-Seine) is a commune in the western suburbs, and 8 km (5 mi) from the centre, of the French capital Paris. Boulogne-Billancourt is a subprefecture of the Hauts-de-Seine department and the seat of the Arrondissement of Boulogne-Billancourt. With an average household income in 2013 of €47,592, nearly twice the French average of €25,548, Boulogne-Billancourt is one of the wealthiest cities in France. Boulogne-Billancourt is the most populous suburb of Paris and one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe. Formerly an important industrial site, it has successfully reconverted into business services and is now home to major communication companies headquartered in the Val de Seine business district.   read more…

19th arrondissement of Paris

19 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France

Bassin de la Villette © Myrabella/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bassin de la Villette © Myrabella/cc-by-sa-3.0

The 19th arrondissement of Paris (XIXe arrondissement) is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France. In spoken French, this arrondissement is referred to as dix-neuvième. La petite Jérusalem (Little Jerusalem) is located in the Quartier de la Mouzaïa/Quartier d’Amérique.   read more…

La Cigale in Nantes

9 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

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© Selbymay/cc-by-sa-3.0

La Cigale is a brasserie located in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France, on the same city square as the Théâtre Graslin. The locale has been classified as a historic monument since 1964.   read more…

Île-de-France, the Paris Region

28 August 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France

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…

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