Walks in Paris and in the Loire valley

Emile Bernard exhibition at the Orangerie

November 9 2014, 21:07pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Painter, engraver, but also an art critic, writer and poet, Emile Bernard has played a major role in the development of modern art. The exhibition at the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris from September 17 to January 15 traces exhaustively the extremely varied...

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La Défense a tourist attraction

October 1 2014, 13:59pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

La Défense bustling with life: thousands of Parisians go there daily for work or passing through. The largest concentration of offices in Europe (3.5millions m2) and the first transport hub in Ile de France with RER, train, metro, tram and buses. On the...

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The Butte Aux Cailles and “Place de l’Abbé Hénocque”

September 24 2014, 09:02am

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Surprising for who only remembers the 13th arrondissement for the giant towers of the “quartier Italie”, invested by refugees from Southeast Asia in the late 70s or the futuristic district of the Gare d'Austerlitz and the “Trés Grande Bibliothèque” library,...

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Domaine de Roiffé (near Loudun)

September 3 2014, 12:54pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

The estate, now a charming hotel hosting wedding parties and seminars and featuring a golf course and a pool, shared during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the history of the neighboring Abbey of Fontevraud: Roiffé penal colony opened in 1842 to...

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Bréhémont, port on the Loire

August 18 2014, 15:12pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Bréhémont (pronounced Bray-mont) is a small village on the banks of the Loire West of the Touraine region, at the gates of the Anjou, ranked among the most beautiful villages of France. Watered by the Loire, Indre and the old Cher, its old economic activities...

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The life of Robert of Arbrissel, founder of the religious Order of Fontevraud

June 28 2014, 16:29pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Robert is in the eleventh century the village priest of Arbrissel southwest of Rennes. The church of this time, despite the very strong religious aspirations of the whole society, experiences two tendencies denounced by Pope Gregory VII in his preaching...

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Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Fontevraud recumbent figures

June 28 2014, 16:14pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Eleanor of Aquitaine is the granddaughter of the Duke Guillaume IX the troubadour, inventor of courtly love; beautiful and intelligent, she has a strong personality and will leave her mark at a time when women in these circles are often considered solely...

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The three lives of Fontevraud abbey

May 20 2014, 13:06pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Fontevraud the monastic city: from the twelfth century until the Revolution Fontevraud is an enclosed area, an ideal city where communities of monks and nuns choose to live in chastity, poverty, obedience and silence for the glory of God according to...

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New Athens

May 2 2014, 21:30pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Established around 1820 the district of “Nouvelle Athènes” (New Athens) is a new building area on former orchards recently included in Paris on the slope of Montmartre hill. It meets a need for modern housing following the rapid growth and westward movement...

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Le Marais, near Saint Paul metro station

May 2 2014, 21:04pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

A walk in southern Marais area starting from Metro Saint Paul will make you discover " the place to be " if you wanted to live in Paris from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century. You will get this impression by visiting two of the finest hotels, the...

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