Castle Aze-le-Rideau
I can not say that I am a fan of palace type locks. I prefer coarse, weathered stones of German fortresses, covered with wet moss, which keep the memory of…

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Place de la Concorde in Paris
Place de la Concorde is called the heart of Paris for a reason. It is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris in France in a picturesque location next to…

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Corsica: the birthplace of Bonaparte and cheeses
Corsica, the island of beauty, as the French call it, can rightly be brought into the pantheon of the seven wonders of the world. Stormy water streams with multicolored pebbles,…

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fortress near Compiègne

Pierrefon, Senlis, Chantilly

In this part of the story a lot of historical facts have been mentioned, borrowed by me from various sources, but it’s impossible to manage without narrating about the places we visited on this day.

Castle Pierrefonds. This is one of the few surviving real battle castles of France, so we certainly wanted to see it. Arriving at the picturesque park, they left the car in a free parking lot under a spreading chestnut tree and hurried to the gate. Continue reading

Bougival Should Turgenev's house be near Paris?
And I went to Bougival. It was there that last summer I met Alexander Zvigilsky, who heads the "Association of Friends of Ivan Turgenev, Pauline Viardot and Maria Malibran". (In…

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Christmas in Paris
Paris is often compared to an elegant and well-groomed lady who knows the price of her grace. To some, it may seem somewhat frivolous: trendy outfits, expensive perfume, and exquisite…

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Montmartre
Montmartre is one of the picturesque areas of Paris, which is located in the north and is the 18th municipal district of the capital of France. The famous Montmartre is…

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Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is a true symbol of Paris and the history of France. Located on the Place Charles de Gaulle (also called the Etoile Square or the Stars)…

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