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Eus, the commune of the Eastern Pyrenees, included in the list of the Most Beautiful French Villages

Eus village (fr. Eus) is the commune of the Eastern Pyrenees, included in the list of the most beautiful French villages. It is located between the Conflent valley and the Canigo Mountain.

The village’s distinctive feature is that it is the sunniest village in France. It holds the record for having the most sunny days per year …

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The Museum of Machine Dolls (le musée des Automates): a laboratory of magic

The Museum of Machine Dolls (le musée des Automates): a laboratory of magic. Limoux, France.

“We are glad to welcome you in the secret realm of magic, where our characters come to life …”, says Judith Moran, daughter of Jean-Jacques Ausch and Martina Moran, a family in love with the creation of all these unique machine …

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The Moulin paper mill in Brousse – the only mill in Europe producing hand-made paper sheets of 2.20 m x 3.40 m

The Moulin à Papier de Brousses et Villaret paper mill is located in Brousses, near Carcassonne. This is one of the last paper mini-mills in Europe, combining manual paper production with the organization of workshops and excursions for children and adults.

Paper Workshop

As you know, until the second half of the 19th century, paper production in …

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The fortified Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Hilaire is located among vineyards in the heart of the Cathar country

There is a fortified Saint-Hilaire Benedictine Abbey (fr. Abbaye de Saint-Hilaire) in Saint-Hilaire (department of Aude, France) that is just a 15-minute drive from the medieval city of Carcassonne in the heart of the Cathar country among the vineyards. The Saint-Hilaire Abbey has stepped over 10 centuries of history…

History

The abbey was built on …

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Calmont or “Bald Mountain” – a commune located in the Haute-Garonne Department in the Occitania region

Calmont (fr. Calmont) is a commune located in the Haute-Garonne department of the Occitania region, which was formed because of the two French regions, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénée. The town is located on Hers river and it borders the Ariege department.

The town’s name most likely comes from the Latin words ‘mons’ (mountain) and ‘calvus’ (bald) and …

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The Notre Dame d’Alet Benedictine Abbey ruins – a historical monument in the south of France

The Notre Dame d’Alet Benedictine Abbey is located in Alet-les-Bains, the French commune of Aude, Occitania. The abbey’s first mentioning dates back to the 9th century.

The abbey location is in the former Razès county. Notre Dame d’Alet Abbey was elevated to the episcopacy rank between 1318 and 1801.

The abbey had a warlike appearance, surrounded by …

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Yellow Train, an important part of the Cultural and Tourist Heritage of the Eastern Pyrenees (France)

The Yellow train (fr. train jaune)

There is the railway station in Villefranche de Conflent from which you can reach Latour de Carol. The normal gauge railway tracks change at the Villefranche – Vernet-les-Bains railway station to a narrow gauge railroad, which is for the yellow tourist train.

The railway’s construction began in 1903 and …

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