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
Normandy. For every Frenchman, this province is connected with the sea, idyllic village landscapes and rich history. If you want to feel the beauty of Normandy, look at the canvases of Corot, Pissarro and Claude Monet. It was Normandy who inspired their work, and you will now see the famous lilies from the paintings of Claude Monet in the pond near the artist’s house in Giverny. Thanks to Monet, the whole world learned about this small French village, where crowds of tourists from all over the world are now flocking, starting their acquaintance with the culture of France and Normandy. You can follow suit and are unlikely to be disappointed. From Giverny, you can continue on to Rouen by driving along the road to Les Andelys to the ruins of Chateau Gaillard, built by Richard the Lionheart in 1196. Feel the breath of that time, and, continuing the path, you will soon find yourself in Rouen. This city will remind you of Continue reading
Paris is a world-famous center for cultural, commercial and fashionable life. Before the main Catholic holiday, the capital of France is especially beautiful. Preparations for Christmas begin in Paris at the end of November: Christmas trees are set up in the squares, and festive illumination is everywhere. Paris Christmas Outfit The largest Christmas tree in Paris – 30 meters high – adorns the Tuileries Garden. Champs Elysees, sparkling with millions of electric garland lights, invites tourists to ride the rides and listen to live music. Christmas fairs begin, with stalls stylized as village houses. The largest fair is waiting for its customers in the quarter of Defense – 350 houses. Here you can buy homemade products from farmers from different regions of France, try homemade cakes, drink mulled wine or apple juice. Traditionally, Christmas souvenirs, soap, jewelry, ceramics, toys are sold at fairs. The most Continue reading