Unusual sights

    • Piana maisons

    In Corsica, known as the Island of Beauty, at the entrance to a magnificent pink granite "calanche" or rocky inlet listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Piana looks down over the Golfe de Porto from its idyllic setting. As you wander from narrow street to shady square where the scent of eucalyptus hangs, you will discover the white houses arranged in amphitheatre fashion that are overlooked by the Italian-style church of Sainte Marie.

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    • By the waterside : Mediterranean Sea
    • Unusual sights : The rocky inlets

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  • The fortified village of Puycelsi watches over Grésigne Forest from the top of a rocky plateau overlooking the Vère valley. 14C and 15C houses made of stone, wood and brick are revealed behind more than 800 m of ramparts and the rampart walk offers wonderful views of the surrounding scenery.

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    • Castles and ramparts : Ramparts, double entry gate of l’Irissou
    • Unusual sights : Conservation orchard for old fruit species
    • Panoramas : View of Grésigne Forest, the Vère valley and the Quercy causses (limestone plateau) from the rampart walk
    • Wine : AOC Gaillac wines

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    • Rodemack viellies portes cave _ S. Berthelot.jpg

    Rodemack is in the Pays des "Trois Frontières" or Land of the Three Frontiers, on the borders of France, Germany (which it is only 20 km away from) and Luxembourg (6 km) and it is steeped in these three cultures. The village is nicknamed "Petite Carcassonne Lorraine" and is still surrounded by 700 m of ramparts dating from the 15C. Entrance is via the fortified gate of Sierck, which was built by the inhabitants themselves in the 14C.

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    • Castles and ramparts : Ramparts, fortified gate, towers, Maison des Baillis (Bailiffs’ House)
    • Unusual sights : Plus Beaux Villages de France wine market (every year in April)

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  • Situated in the heart of the biggest ochre deposit in Europe, Roussillon blazons forth its difference through an astonishing palette of flaming colours. As you wander its narrow streets and stairways and gaze upon its facades, which are often quite plain and naturally beautiful, you will be admiring the result of age-old know-how.

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    • Unusual sights : The ochre cliffs and quarries
    • Panoramas : View of Mont Ventoux and the Luberon
    • Wine : AOC Côtes du Luberon wines

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    Saint-Suliac offers a panoramic viewpoint of the Rance estuary. For a long time it was a village of trawler men who fished off Newfoundland and the statue of the Virgin de Grainfollet watched over these fishermen. In the narrow streets where children play as they come out of school, flowers grow between the granite stones of the magnificent houses. A tide mill, old salt marshes, a menhir or standing stone are just some of the local treasures to admire in an exceptionally well-preserved site.

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      • Abbeys and churches : The 12C church and its cemetery
      • By the waterside :

      • Panoramas : View of the port and estuary from the statue of the Virgin of Grainfollet
      • Unusual sights :

      Old Viking camp The river Rance

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    • Saint-Véran sous la neige

    In the heart of the "Parc Naturel Régional du Queyras" Nature Park, at a height of 2042 m, Saint-Véran prides itself on being the highest inhabited village in Europe. In the village, which is made up of several quarters, the wood and stone chalets tiled with slate, the fountains, bread ovens and sundials are all typical of "everyday" local heritage, while the many chapels and mission crosses bear witness to the inhabitants’ beliefs.

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      • Panoramas : View from Notre Dame de Clausis chapel
      • Unusual sights : t

      he Mission Cross and traditional houses

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    • Sainte-Agnès jardin médiéval

    Sainte-Agnès is perched at an altitude of 800m and offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Mediterranean. It used to protect the Franco-Italian border on the Maginot line and was a coveted military site for a long time. Today, the village offers visitors seeking authenticity its narrow paved streets, its unobstructed view of the French Riviera and its sunny weather.

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    • By the waterside : Mediterranean Sea
      • Panoramas : View of Menton bay and the Italian border from the castle site
      • Unusual sights :

      Fort de la Ligne Maginot fortress

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    • Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez intérieur église

    A Carthusian monastery has become a village in the heart of the undulating scenery of the "Parc Naturel Régional du Pilat" Nature Park. Although most of the site’s religious buildings are houses today, the 17C monastic church and its remarkable furniture, the monastery kitchen, cloister and a restored cell are open to the public thanks to the work of the Association for the Preservation of the Carthusian Monastery and Grounds.

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    • Abbeys and churches : 17C church and 12C chapel
    • Unusual sights : Carthusian monastery that is now a village

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  • Situated between Laval and Le Mans, Sainte-Suzanne is perched at a height of 70 meters above the Erve valley. Known for having braved William the Conqueror, the medieval town has kept a rich patrimony from this time. The origins of Sainte-Suzanne are older though. The Erves dolmen (the oldest monument of Mayenne) and recent archaeological excavation prouve that the site existed five or six centuries B.C...

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    • Castles and ramparts : the ramparts and the medieval dungeon, the Renaissance castle
    • Panoramas : view from the dungeon and the castle
    • Unusual sights : the Erves dolmen

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    • Sauveterre-de-Rouergue by night

    In the heart of the Ségala region, 35 kilometres southwest of Rodez, this old royal "bastide" has retained its original layout that dates back to 1281. Visitors can still admire lovely half-timbered or Renaissance-style houses on the main square that is surrounded by forty-seven arcades, where craftsmen and shopkeepers sell their wares. The richly furnished Collegiate Church of Saint Christophe, the gate that bears the same name and the gate of La Mérette date from the 14C when the site was fortified.

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    • Abbeys and churches : The 14C collegiate church of Saint-Christophe
    • Castles and ramparts : The gates of Saint-Christophe and La Mérette
    • Unusual sights : The square surrounded by 47 arcades

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