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Tain L’Hermitage

While ambling through quiet streets, you will find elegant buildings proving how well-off the inhabitants were in the past: the former granary to store salt and its turret or the Courbis’s private mansion (hôtel particulier). However, an expiatory altar (Autel taurobolique: altar to celebrate a sacrifice called Taurobole) will take you back to Antiquity, while some vestiges of a medieval gate will remind you of the walled city in the 12th century. The History of France is also written in Tain-l’Hermitage in the 14th century when King Charles V’s wedding at the Church Notre Dame de Tain sets the seal on the incorporation of the Dauphiné into France. Other monuments such as the Marc Seguin cable suspension bridge or the Chapelle of Larnage still show nowadays the technical, historical and social progress of the 19th century made here: the revolutionary technique of the wire cable, the building of suspension bridges and the creation of the first establishment dedicated to epileptics. Tain l’Hermitage is also well-known for its famous AOP wines, Hermitage and Crozes Hermitage, belonging to the northern Côtes du Rhône. The Hermitage Hill is nowadays classified as a French national heritage: just take time to walk up to its summit where the Hermitage Chapel will offer you a breath-taking view on the Rhône Valley and the impressive terraced vineyards at your feet. A little train even drives up...

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Boucieu le Roi

Image Copyright – Ardèche Hermitage Boucieu-le-Roi is located on a hill in the Doux valley. It was awarded “Village de caractère” (“Village with character”) in 2008. It used to be a bailiff’s court founded by Philippe le Bel in 1291 until 1565. Its franchise agreement made the inhabitants of Boucieu-le-Roi rich and as a consequence they could erect magnificent monuments such as the Maison du Bailli (the bailiff’s house) or the Church Saint Jean l’Evangéliste consecrated in 1492. Don’t miss also the Pont du Roi (a listed historic monument) or the traditional Maison à aître (a house whose outside steps are covered)… In the 18th century Pierre Vigne, missionary priest, decided to settle in Boucieu-le-Roi. He founded the congregation of the Sisters of the Order of the Eucharist and built a long way of the cross with 39 stopover-chapels: “the Great Journey”. He was beatified on October 3rd 2004 by Pope John Paul II as the “Blessed one”. Today the congregation lives in the former feudal castle, now the Maison Pierre Vigne, housing a museum dedicated to the priest (open all year long by appointment at +334 75 06 76 74). The Museum of Arts and Traditions in the Vivarais area, traces the past of this village. The traditional housing is shown, among others the “maison à aître”. The visit is free and it is open daily from 9.00am...

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Albi, capital of the Tarn, is possibly the most interesting small city in the Region of Occitainie. Dominating the skyline is the 13th-century, red-brick Sainte-Cécile Cathedral, a Gothic landmark with large interior frescoes such as the dramatic ‘Last Judgment’ that decorate the whole of the cathedral’s western wall. Built between 1282 and 1480, the cathedral was built as a defiant assertion of papal power in a region which had only recently been brought back under the power of Rome following the period of the Cathar heresy. Next to the cathedral is the similarly massive and fortified Bishop’s palace, part of which now houses the magnificent Toulouse Lautrec museum in the Salon de rue des Moulins. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901, was the great post-impressionist painter of Parisian life in the late nineteenth century; he was a native of Albi, and the museum portrays the largest collection of his work. Beside the west end of the cathedral, a pedestrian piazza takes you to a vantage point overlooking the river Tarn below, and the old bishop’s gardens. Upstream from the cathedral can be seen the Old Bridge, a thousand years old, and still in service today. The bridge can be reached on foot by taking a short walk down the street in front of the entrance to the Toulouse Lautrec museum. The old city of Albi, with its narrow streets and historic...

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Aux Pecheurs d’Etaples

Image – Copyright Informationfrance. Aux Pêcheurs d’Etaples Quai de la Canche- Boulevard de l’impératrice, 62630 Étaples, Tel: 03 21 94 06 90 Email:etaples@auxpecheursdetaples.fr Website: http://www.auxpecheursdetaples.fr Open: 12.00 – 2.00pm / 7.00pm – 9.30pm Restaurant Menu: From 22.50€ Situated on the port of Etaples facing the river Canche, Pêcheurs d’Etaples also sells shellfish and fish from the ground floor shop. The restaurant upstairs provides you with an interesting menu of fresh produce straight from the...

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Auberge du Vieux Logis

Images – Copyright Informationfrance. Auberge du Vieux Logis La Madelaine, Nr Montreuil-sur-Mer, 62170Tel: 03 21 06 10 92 Web: http://www.auberge-du-vieux-logis.com Restaurant Menu: From 14.50€ This delightful old Auberge stiuated at Sous-Madelaine, minutes from Montreuil-sur-Mer is a truly rustic restaurant that we all dream of finding. Testimony to Veronique and Etienne Boutin, the chef, is that the Vieux Logis has been recommended by Guide de Routard for 14 years and Gault Millau for 6 years. The fixed menus are ‘Le Solo’ – 12 Euros, ‘Le Duo’ – 19 Euros and ‘Le Trio’ – 22 Euros, one, two and three courses...

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