On a barren weathered rock ridge nine hundred meters long and two hundred and eighty meters high – the ruins of the castle. On the mountain, rising to the foot of the rock massif – a living city, ivy greens, tiled roofs, solar heat comes even from the limestone walls of the houses, the streets smell like lavender – and growing in the surrounding fields, and sold in every shop.
Already at the end of the X century, the owners of the castle of Le Bo in Provence – Les Baux-de-Provence, arrogantly looking down on arable land and pastures, controlled a fairly vast surrounding land. By the middle of the next century, they were already among the strongest feudal families in the south of France. Senor Le Bo owned 79 towns and villages.
The owners of Le Bo, in their pride, built their genealogy to none other than the sorcerer Baltazar, awakened by a Christmas star, and wore a sixteen-rayed silver star on a black emblem as a sign of their genealogical claims. Who could compare with the owner of Le Bo? Who could dictate terms to him? Who could dare to offer him an alliance? “Raso d’eigloun, jamai vassalo” – “The eagle clan does not know vassality,” was the answer to anyone from the Continue reading
The province that inspired Van Gogh and Cezanne, gave birth to a galaxy of famous artists, attracting more and more foreign tourists and the French themselves – this is Provence.
Provence is diverse: endless vineyards of the Gigondas, silver hills of olive groves Nyons, lavender valleys stretching from Valreas to Vaison-la-Romaine. The huge cliffs that open to your eyes in Les Baux, cypress trees and cedars under the scorching azure sky of Arles – this makes Provence a unique place to relax.
Mount Mont Ventoux is one of the most beautiful landscapes of Provence. At its foot is one of the largest natural springs in the world (fifth largest) – Fontaine de Vaucluse (Arles – Roman arenas)
Provencal roads are very picturesque – especially noteworthy are the roads through the Luberon massif and the journey to Arles, Saint-Remy and St-Remy and Avignon. Continue reading
The Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris, located on the Champ de Mars. Almost twice as high as the Cheops pyramid, the building has been leading among the tallest buildings in the world for more than 40 years. Only in 1930 she lost the championship to Chrysler Building (New York). The architectural landmark bears the name of its author – designer Gustave Eiffel. During the creation of the metal structure, no one assumed that the entrance arch would become a world celebrity. More than 7 million people visit it annually. Unfortunately, a survey among tourists in 2007 showed that more than a quarter of them are disappointed with the attraction. The crowded inside the structure does not fully enjoy the views from the tower. Indescribable beauty lighting design: she wrapped herself in 40 km of wire. About 20 thousand light bulbs (it took 4.6 million euros) give the creation of the Eiffel a fabulous sparkle. In 2008, the tower sparkled with blue, strewn with stars (France was then the EU presidency and the radiance of the tower resembled the flag of Europe). You can visit the ice rink at the bottom of the structure. About two dozen times it was sold, several times – for scrap. This landmark of Paris survived the fires of 1956 and 2003. False mining reports and suicide cases have occurred in the history of the Iron Lady. We do not want to intimidate you, but we have no right to hide such facts. The Eiffel Tower is a place of Continue reading