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We Salute Amiens

January 12, 2014 by

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      Despite everything it’s had thrown at it, Amiens has survived. As has its magnificent cathedral which, unusually, was not vandalised during The French Revolution.       The next test came in 1870 when Amiens was invaded and occupied by Prussia. It was occupied again by Germany during WWI. In WWII it […]

There Are Places We’ll Remember All Our Lives: Chartres.

January 11, 2014 by

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        Kenneth Clarke, in his book Civilisation, raves over Chartres. The first cathedral in France dedicated to the Virgin Mary is, he said: ‘The epitome of the great awakening of European civilisation’. High praise indeed from The Master, who himself epitomised civilisation. He goes on to say that ‘…the portals have the best carved […]

There Are Places We’ll Remember All Our Lives: Chenonceau

January 5, 2014 by

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           Because of its distinctive bridge which spans the river Cher, Chenonceau is unique among French chateaux. It is one of (if not the) most photographed in France. With a million visitors every year, it is, after Versailles, the most visited château in France. Known locally as Le Château des Dames […]