Panoramas

    • Sant'Antonino vue d'ensemble

    Sant’Antonino is like an eagle’s nest clinging to a granite peak at an altitude of nearly 500m. It is one of the oldest villages in Corsica and one of the highest in La Balagne region. Alleyways, covered passageways and houses blend in with the rock. The view of the plain and sea from the remains of the old castello is superb.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : Mediterranean Sea
    • Panoramas : View of La Balagne and the sea from the ruins of the castello

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    • Sare vue façades et montagne

    "Saran Astia" : we have time in Sare is the motto of this village nestled at the foot of the legendary mountains of Axuria and La Rhune where traditions such as merry-making, sport and smuggling have travelled down the ages.

    Themes

    • Gastronomy : Basque gateau
    • Unusual sights : La Rhune train, a rack-and-pinion railway going up to the top of La Rhune Mountain

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    • Séguret église

    Séguret stands at the foot of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail range, looking out over the Rhône Valley in a landscape of vineyards, with the tower of its medieval castle above it. As visitors stroll along the waymarked path through the village, they can see Reynier gate, remains of the fortifications, Mascarons fountain, the wash house, the belfry and the Romanesque Church of Saint Denis.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : La Bise, Neuf and Reynier gates
    • Panoramas : View of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail range and Comtat plain
    • Wine : AOC Côtes du Rhône Séguret wines

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    • Semur-en-Brionnais église et maisons à tourelle

    Situated in southern Burgundy, this former stronghold of Saint Hugues, founder of Cluny Abbey, is the historic capital of the Brionnais region. Heritage abounds in this pretty village as shown by the fortified castle and its square keep dating from the 9C, the superb Romanesque Church of Saint Hilaire with its tower displaying eight arches and columns and its carved gate or the old houses with their almost pinkish hue.

    Themes

    • Abbeys and chuches : Collegiate Church of Saint Hilaire (12C and 13C), Church of Saint Martin la Vallée (11C)
    • Castles and ramparts : Rampart walk
    • Panoramas : View of the Monts du Forez and de la Madeleine Mountains from the old rampart walk

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  • 15 kilometres south of Royan, Talmont sits on a rocky peak overlooking the Gironde estuary ; it still has its original layout as a "bastide", built in 1284 by Edward I Duke of Aquitaine. Towering above the village, the magnificent church of Sainte Radegonde, symbol of the Poitou-Charentes region, is still protected by ramparts. In the village, whitewashed houses and blue shutters peep out behind hollyhocks

    Themes

      • Abbeys and churches : Romanesque Church of Sainte Radegonde (12C)
      • By the waterside :
      • Castles and ramparts : Ramparts
      • Panoramas : View of the estuary and the cliffs at Meschers-sur-Gironde from the cemetery

      Gironde estuary, Atlantic Ocean

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    • Tournemire Chateau Vue Haut

    In the heart of the Cantal Mountains, Anjony Castle, a magnificent square building with four round towers, keeps watch over Tournemire, a delightful leafy village. Around the 12C Romanesque church, the 14C and 15C houses with their tufa stone walls and "lauze" stone-slab or slate roofs are typical of traditional Cantal houses.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : Anjony Castle (15C and 18C)
    • Panoramas : View of the Doire valley from the rampart walk

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    • Tourtour sculpture et château

    Perched at an altitude of 635 m, it is easy to see why Tourtour is nicknamed "the village in the sky of Provence". The stone houses topped with round tiles, Place des Ormeaux and its fountain, the arched passageways and narrow streets bathed in sunlight amid countryside of vineyards, lavender and pine trees : nothing is missing ! The walls of the medieval castle and the 17C castle tell several tales of the village’s past.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : Walls of the medieval castle
    • Panoramas : View of the Maures Massif, the coast and Sainte Victoire Mountain from the esplanade in front of the church
    • Unusual sights : Fête de l’Oeuf (Egg Festival) (Easter Sunday and Monday)

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    Turenne bears the name of a powerful viscountcy that ruled over Limousin, Périgord and Quercy for ten centuries and it has kept many traces of its past : César and le Trésor towers, remains of the castle overlooking the village, old town houses dating from the 15C to 17C adorned with turrets or bartizans and more modest dwellings tiled with "lauze" stone slabs or slate.

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : Remains of the castle of the Viscounts of Turenne
    • Panoramas : View of the village and rolling countryside from the esplanade in front of the castle

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    • Usson église

    Clinging to a volcanic peak looking onto the Puy Chain, the Monts Dore mountains and the Cézallier plateau, Usson and its black stone winegrowers’ houses were once dominated by a castle in which Queen Margot was exiled for 19 years. A path leads to the village’s basalt columns south of the Romanesque church of Saint Maurice and the queen’s chapel.

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    • Panoramas : View of the Puy Chain, the Monts Dore and Cézallier plateau

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    • Venasque cerisier

    At the foot of Mont Ventoux, clinging to a rocky peak overlooking vineyards, garrigue and cherry trees, Venasque is an old medieval settlement which only has the remains of the ramparts and three Saracen towers to show as evidence of those times. Steep lanes, creamy stone houses, Notre Dame Church/Cathedral and a magnificent 11C baptistery are to be found in the heart of this Provencal village.

    Themes

      • Abbeys and churches : 11C, 12C and 13C baptistery (restored in the 19C)
      • Castles and ramparts :
      • Panoramas : View of Carpentras plain

      Ramparts and Saracen towers

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