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The Last Ivory Carver of Dieppe

I’ve spent a lot of time in Africa and I have spent many hours watching and admiring elephants. They are such intelligent and gentle creatures. Yes, I did say gentle, though they do occasionally get upset when disturbed by humans, especially when a gun is pointed at them instead of a camera. 714 more words

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The Benedictine Palace and the Secret Elixir

500 years ago, an Italian monk named Dom Bernardo Vincelli arrived at the Benedictine Abbey of Fecamp. He bought with him some oriental spices from the port of Venice and soon discovered that the local cliffs around Fecamp produced several medicinal plants, such as angelica, hyssop and balm. 629 more words

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Pegasus Bridge – D-Day and the 6th Airborne

I’m reliving yet another long-ago trip to France when I arrived on a school trip to the Normandy Beaches. I don’t remember much of that visit except for the long and boring Bayeux Tapestry, the strange meals (where the meat and vegetables were served as two separate courses) and Pegasus Bridge. 862 more words

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Tintin and Chateau Cheverny

When I was young, I remember that my brother had a big collection of Tintin books. He even had one in French as, due to racist content, “Tintin in the Congo” was not translated into English until 1991. 385 more words

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Blois – A Majestic Menagerie

I have vague memories of visiting the Chateau of Blois many years ago and watching the Son-et-Lumiere show, where giant coloured pictures were projected onto the main facades of the chateau. 533 more words

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Da Vinci in Retirement

Last year I visited the town of Vinci in Tuscany, where the famous artist and inventor was born. Now, I am in Amboise on the river Loire, and it is here where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last three years of his life in Clos Luc, at the invitation of Francois I. 321 more words

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The Women of Chenonceau

The grand chateau of Chenonceau was built in the 16th century by Thomas Bonhier and his wife Katherine Briconnet on the foundations of a former fortified castle and mill. 653 more words

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