Tag Archives: French Revolution

Every Château Tells a Story #16: le Château de Saint-Michel de Vax

What a boon the internet can be – in small doses. And we’ve had only a small dose of it recently. More about that in a later post. I can find out almost anything, without moving from my computer in … Continue reading

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Le Drapeau Tricolore: How France Got its Flag

Today, in homage to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13th November, President Hollande has asked people to hang the French national flag, le drapeau tricolore, from their homes. We don’t have one and, where we live, … Continue reading

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Picturesque Pigeonniers

Pigeonniers, or dovecots, mark the landscape here in SW France. Our walk this week took us past several fine examples and whetted my appetite to find out more about them and their history.

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Bastille Day

Rockets explode in a shower of red and green sparks. Catherine wheels whizz round on the other side of the lake, their fiery, galaxy-like trails reflected in the dark water. The noise is incredible. The crowd oohs and ahs at … Continue reading

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The Cassini Map of France

Have you ever heard of the Cassini Map? This is the first comprehensive, detailed map of France, compiled following survey work carried out between the 1740s and 1780s. You might well find your house or hamlet on it – it’s … Continue reading

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