Saturday, 4 March 2017

A DIFFERENT VIEW - Mini-Series Part 4 - FRANCE

I love France. So many of its cities, towns and villages have maintained their historic cores and are wonderful to explore. Paris is one of my favourite cities and even if you've never visited, you are surely familiar with its most recognised monument.


The Eiffel Tower

I'm now going to take you on a little whirlwind tour around other parts of France for a different view.

Reims Cathedral



This country abounds with churches and cathedrals. 

The kings of France were crowned in Reims Cathedral.











Broglie

Lovely old buildings like this one can be found in many French villages.




Poppies are used to commemorate the lives lost in World War One because these flowers grew on the French battlefields after the war had ended.










Kite surfing on France's Atlantic coast is a popular pastime.










As is fishing...






France has a strong agricultural industry.















And how's this for a witty art installation?







Fields of sunflowers brighten the countryside.















Or perhaps a balloon ride would be the best way to see some of France from a different view?





Do let me know if you've enjoyed this post and I'll reply to all comments when I return from my travels later this month.



22 comments:

  1. I hope you are enjoying your travels - I want to tour France so bad one of these days!!

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    1. Thanks, Keith. I've toured, explored and even lived in France; it's a lovely country.
      As for my latest jaunt - I have just returned home and will blog about the places I visited in due course! :)

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  2. Paris is easily my favourite city in the world and generally, I'm just in love with France. Husband has promised me that someday we'll live in France for a while. I intend to hold him to it :)
    I enjoyed your tour and your photos!

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  3. Hi, Joanne - nice to hear that you enjoyed this post. :)

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  4. I've never been to France, although I'd love to go. It's almost be worth it just to see that quirky art installation.

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  5. Bun, one of the things I love about France is the surprises that seem to lurk around every bend... oh, and of course French food!! I hope you have a chance to visit the country one day. :)

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  6. That's a gorgeous picture of the poppies.

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    1. Thanks, Patsy - I'm a sucker for taking photos of flowers! The poppy photo was taken close to where I lived near Bergerac.

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  7. Yes, I loved the poppy pic too!
    I've visited Paris a few times, but thank you for the whirlwind tour.

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  8. Definitely a whistle stop tour! I haven't been to Paris for forty years, when I jived in a nightclum with a very small, very black, Frenchman.

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    1. That sounds like a plot for a story, Liz! :)

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  9. I always wanted to see Carcassone and the Canal du Midi :) Maybe someday...

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    1. The first time I saw Carcassonne was from the motorway, Jo. It was a sight that took my breath away. (I believe it's a Unesco World Heritage site.)

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  10. Wow, I'd love to take a balloon ride and see the French countryside.

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  11. There is Paris and there's France! Like two different countries from the architecture to it's people. I lived for several years in a small rural community in the north - some of the happiest days of my life. North south east west, I never tire of France. Paris? Not so sure!

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  12. So true, Keith. Paris is a world apart in many ways. When the receptionist in our Paris hotel asked me where I lived she said she'd never heard of Bergerac, which astonished me!

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  13. The magic of that place lives in our expectations! We want Paris to be magical... then it is!
    I think it's time for me to retunn!!

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  14. Susan I loved this pot. I should like to try it all including the kite surfing, which I have never done. The art installation is fabulous. what a creative mind the artist has.It looks like you are having a fabulous time.

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  15. Hi, Sue. Glad you enjoyed this post. Most of these photos were taken when we were touring France in a motorhome a few years ago. :)

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