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Les Machines des L'ile, Elephant, Nantes via Very Hungry Explorer

You Need To Know About Nantes

Brace yourself, I’m about to make quite the sensational statement. My favourite City in France is no longer Paris. I know – shocking right ūüėČ Last year I spent a week in Nantes and I was blown away by a beautiful, friendly, stylish place that is jam packed full of…

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Verdun Cemetery

DOUAUMONT OSSUARY – BATTLE OF VERDUN MEMORIAL

I¬†wasn’t prepared for my visit to the Douaumont Ossuary, I didn’t know enough about the battle that took place there in WWI. I didn’t understand its’ significance or just how many men died. It has been 99 years since the battle of Verdun, but as you drive along the winding…

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Modern Art At The Pompidou Centre Metz

POMPIDOU CENTRE, METZ

In stark contrast to the historic centre, we started our second day in Metz at the Pompidou Centre. ¬†A sister museum to the Pompidou in Paris, it houses modern art exhibitions. The building is a work of art itself, built to resemble a ‘Chinese hat’. ¬†On display for our visit…

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Art La Cour d'Or Metz

MUSEE DE LA COUR D’OR, METZ

Trying to summarise the Musee de La Cour d’Or ¬†(Museum of the Golden Court) in Metz is proving to be problematic. ¬†My first thought is that it tells the history of Metz, except it doesn’t actually do that. ¬†What it does have though are floors and floors of seriously cool…

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Stained Glass Windows Metz Cathedral

WINDOW SHOPPING AT SAINT ETIENNE CATHEDRAL, METZ

Standing in the Place d’Arms, Philip and I had quite the debate… is the Saint Etienne Cathedral in Metz actually better the Notre Dame in Paris? Nicknamed ‘God’s Lantern’, because of all the light that comes in through the stained glass windows; we were blown away by the height of…

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Palace of Versailles

AN EVENING AT THE PALACE OF VERSAILLES

Think about the French Monarchy, opulence off the scale and the (fabulous) Marie Antoinette and inevitably you’ll come to the Palace of Versailles. The history of the Palace is incredibly complicated. ¬†The royal family were forced to leave Versailles (which at the time was a country village) for Paris in…

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Jules Verne's House Amiens

VISITING JULES VERNE’S HOUSE, AMIENS

Jules Verne was one cool cat. You can’t write books like; Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Centre of the Earth without having something a little bit special about you. So looking on our new ‘Places To Go Map’ (more on…

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Notre Dame Paris

PICTURES FROM PARIS

I’m ill again. I mean seriously what is that all about. I haven’t been poorly for ages and now twice in as many months – that’s just not fair. Anyway, while I spend my third day stuck in bed, I thought I would share some of the pictures from my…

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GRAVELINES AND BOUROURG

I think like most travel writers, I am always on the lookout for a new place to visit which hopefully no one else has discovered. Sometimes I stumble across a location that is absolutely beautiful and I can’t understand why the whole world isn’t coming to visit. ¬†On other occasions…

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Musee Rodin Paris The Thinker

A STROLL AROUND THE MUSEE RODIN, PARIS

For my first trip to Paris, ¬†I put together a list of all the attractions I wanted to see, the list was so long, there was no way I could see everything on it in the four days that I was there, but I still refer to it each time…

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ARRAS PART ONE – GRAND PLACE AND CABARET ROUGE, FRANCE

Our day in Arras was beautiful and emotional, which is why I have split it into two posts! Arras is rather picturesque town in France, with a¬†Gothic¬†feel. ¬†The Grand Place is huge and lovely to wander around (but I must admit it doesn’t have the WOW factor of Brussels)…  …

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DAY TRIPPING IN LILLE, FRANCE

To me Lille has always been a train station on the way to Brussels or Paris. It never¬†occurred¬†to me that there might be somewhere beautiful outside of it. ¬†But when our bowl said Lille – off to Lille we went. As we emerged from the car park straight onto the…

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DAY TRIPPING IN DUNKIRK

We arrived in Dunkirk, to find that the first three things that we wanted to see were closed, even though it said on their websites that they would be open (sighs). ¬†Never mind, we had a wander around the centre and took some pictures instead.   We then stopped for…

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OPERATION DYNAMO MUSEUM, DUNKIRK

After our lunch at Le Grand Morien¬†we jumped in the car and headed over the Operation Dynamo Museum. Boon is a big history buff, so I knew he’d like it, surprisingly I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. Housed in the railway arches and run by veterans,…

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