Wine

    • Estaing église

    At the foot of the Aubrac Mountains, not far from the gorges of the Lot and Truyère, Estaing bears the name of a family of Lords one of whom became famous by saving the life of King Philippe-Auguste in Bouvines. The king then gave the village the right to display the royal fleurs-de-lys on its coat of arms. Shale stone houses with their "lauze" stone-slab roofs are nestled around a keep and castle dating back to the 12C and 15C and some of the finest town houses can still be seen.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : Rivers Coussane and Lot
    • Castles and ramparts : The castle
    • Wine : "AOC Estaing" white, rosé and red wines

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    • Flavigny-sur-Ozerain linge sur fil

    Built around a Benedictine abbey founded in the 8C, this Burgundian village not only relates its medieval history through its ramparts, fortified gates, cobblestone streets, houses and mansions but also through its aniseed-flavoured sweets that are still made in the former abbey and the smell of which will welcome you as you arrive !

    Themes

    • Castles and ramparts : The ramparts, the fortified gates of Val, Bourg, and Poterne
    • Gastronomy : Aniseed sweets
    • Panoramas : View of the Auxois hills from the rampart walk
    • Wine : Locally produced Coteaux de l’Auxois wine : Flavigny vineyards

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    • Fourcès marché aux fleurs

    Built around a castle which has today been replaced by a tree-shaded square, Fourcès is an original "bastide" with a circular ground plan whose houses form a dramatic setting of half-timbering and arcades. In addition to some must-taste gastronomic delights of this Gascon land, the village also attracts visitors with several key events such as its Flower Market in April or "Marciac in Fourcès" an extract from the now famous jazz festival.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Auzoue
    • Castles and ramparts : Porte de l’Horloge (west gate in the Clock Tower), the castle (hotel-restaurant) (Châteaux et remparts)
    • Gastronomy : Armagnac, foie gras, duck breast and confits
    • Wine : AOC Côtes de Gascogne wines

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    • Gordes château

    The houses of Gordes cling to the side of the Vaucluse plateau, overlooking Cavaillon plain. They are arranged in tiers around the imposing Renaissance castle and church and narrow cobbled streets wind their way through them. Gordes is a village of artists and has been extolled by Marc Chagall, Victor Vasarely and Pol Mara ; it is a must on Provence’s cultural trail.

    Themes

    • Abbeys and churches : Sénanque Abbey
    • Castles and ramparts : The Renaissance castle
    • Panoramas : Views of the village from the road, view of Apt Valley and Cavaillon plain from the top of the village
    • Unusual sights : The village of Les Bories (dry-stone huts)
    • Wine : AOC Côtes du Ventoux wines

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  • Located on the Wine Route, right in the middle of the vineyards, this flower-decked village of Alsace conceals a wealth of treasures and unusual sights : its 16C houses, its fortified church and cemetery, which make Hunawihr one of the few examples of defensive religious architecture, and for a romantic touch, its Butterfly Garden.

    Themes

    • Unusual sights : Butterfly Garden
    • Wine : AOC Alsace wines and local Grand Cru, Rosacker

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  • With their half-timbering on dazzling white walls, hipped gables and geraniums at the windows, the impressive houses of Hunspach are typical of the Wissembourg region and line the main street of the village. Some of them have kept a distinguishing feature of Hunspach : the rounded glass in the windows which allows their inhabitants to see out without being seen !

    Themes

    • Unusual sights : Rounded glass windows
    • Wine : Wines of Alsace

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  • At the North of Gard, La Roque-sur-Cèze was built on a rock peak overlooking the Cèze which spans a twelve-arches old bridge. Dominated by the traces of the former castle and its chapel, the village with sloping cobbled streets and its houses, made with creamy stones and curved-tiles cornices, offers a breathtaking view of the Cascades du Sautadet, an exceptional natural site which adds to the attraction of the place.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Cèze and Cascades du Sautadet
    • Castles and ramparts : The traces of the 12C castle and ramparts
    • Panoramas : The view of the Cascades du Sautadet from the top of the village
    • Wine : Côtes du Rhône wines

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  • The landscape surrounding Lagrasse is one of vineyards and hills and is typical of the Corbières wine-growing region. The River Orbieu runs through the village and is spanned by a bridge linking Lagrasse and its old 14C market to its abbey, an architectural jewel from medieval times. Lagrasse is not only known for its Corbières wine, but also for its know-how that local craftsmen will be delighted to introduce you to

    Themes

    • Abbeys and churches : Sainte Marie Abbey
    • By the waterside : The river Orbieu
    • Wine : AOC Corbières wines

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  • Perched above the valleys and hills of Quercy Blanc, this fortified village founded in the 12C by the Count of Toulouse is on the "via Podiensis", one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Many traces of its historical and religious past still remain intact : the main square and its cobblestones, stone-built or half-timbered houses, and the pilgrim’s garden to name but a few

    Themes

    • Gastronomy : Lauzerte macaroon, AOC Chasselas grapes, fruit and duck products
    • Panoramas : View of Quercy Blanc valleys
    • Unusual sights : The square surrounded by an arcade with its raised paving in one corner
    • Wine : Coteaux du Quercy wines

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  • A gothic bridge spans the Loir to get to this village that lies nestled at the foot of a fortified castle that withstood an attack by Richard the Lion Heart but was taken by Henri IV’s troops. Today, visitors can admire what is left of the walls and towers and the 26-metre-high keep. There is a mix of architectural styles and periods in the village, from cave dwellings to gothic and Renaissance houses.

    Themes

    • Abbeys and churches : Church of Saint Genest
    • By the waterside : River Loir
    • Castles and ramparts : Fortified castle
    • Wine : Coteaux du Vendômois wines

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