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Corse du Sud

The capital of Southern Corsica is Ajaccio, a sunny busy town, the major part dates from the 19th Century and its oldest quarter ‘San Carlu’ is from the Genoese period with its white stuccoed houses, fountains and palm trees. Napoleon Bonaparte was born here and several buildings celebrate his history, including the Maison Bonaparte where he grew up. Stroll along the Jetée de la Citadelle for a magnificent view of the bay cradled by mountains and enjoy exploring the old port and the narrow streets of the town, the yacht marina, the restaurants and sidewalk cafes. To the north...

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Val d’Oise

The Casino Barrière at Enghien-Les-Bains The Château and gardens at Ambleville are a wonderful example of the Italian renaissance style. The terrace was inspired by the Tuscan garden of the Villa Gamberaia and the ‘sun garden’ featuring a giant chessboard, created with 8,700 narcissi and yew trees shaped as chess pieces, is open to the public from mid April to early May. The medieval and 18th century Château de la Roche-Guyon with its keep occupies a commanding position set against the chalk cliffs overlooking the Seine valley and has borne testimony to over 1,000 years of history. The property of the...

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Val de Marne

Canoeing on the Marne river Known as the ‘Petite Couronne’, with a population of over 1.2 million, the Val-de-Marne has 15 kms of the Seine and 24 kms of the Marne running through the department. River tourism is one of the greatest assets of this department, with a variety of river ports of which the marina at Nogent sur Marne is one of the most sizeable. Nogent also has many colourful restaurants along the river and the Musée de Nogent which covers all matters of historical and regional importance and especially features pictures of the development of life on...

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Seine Saint Denis

The Basilica of Saint Denis The 12th century basilica of the historic town of Saint-Denis is one of the best known symbols of the kingdom. A masterpiece of gothic art, built by order of Abbot Suger on the sepulchre of Saint Denis, patron saint of France, it contains the world’s largest collection of funeral sculptures. Most of the kings and queens of France were buried here although many were desecrated in the revolution. In total, 43 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princesses have their tombs there. The superb rose window above the entrance is amongst the best of...

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Hauts de Seine

La Grande Arche de la Défense   On the edge of the Parc de Saint-Cloud is the Musée National de la Céramique at Sèvres. The museum offers a total overview of the evolution of the ceramic industry from the earliest faience to 19th century porcelain and the collection features many beautiful examples. The Grande Arche de La Défense which is directly in line with the Champs-Elysées, mirrors the Arc de Triomphe, although in a totally different modernistic sense. The vast 100 metre high hollow cube of glass and white marble benefits from an exceptional view over Paris. With around...

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