Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Château de la Roche Courbon and its gardens

Château de la Roche Courbon is a large château, developed from an earlier castle, in the Charente-Maritime département of France. Located about 20 minutes by car from Rochefort.

History

Under the current castle, there are caves whose prehistoric furnishings show that they were inhabited during the Mousterian (- 120,000 years), Aurignacian (- 40,000 years) and Magdalenian …

More
Photo reportage

The island of Nantes and its HI TECH urban planning

The island of Nantes (fr. L’île de Nantes) is currently the subject of a vast urban renewal operation which should run until 2023, with a target of 3,100 housing units built in 2012 and 7,500 in 2023. The contracting authority is provided by the Société d’aménagement de la métropole Ouest Atlantique (SAMOA), a local public …

More
Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces on the Côte d’Azur

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, also called Villa Île-de-France, is one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces on the Côte d’Azur built on a summit of the Cap Ferrat peninsula between 1905 and 1912 in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild (1864-1934).

The villa was designed by the French architect Aaron Messiah, and constructed between 1905 …

More
Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

The Collegiate Church of Saint-Paul and its bells

The Collegiate Church of Saint-Paul (fr. Collégiale Saint-Paul de Clermont-l’Hérault)  is a Catholic church located in Clermont-l’Hérault, France1.

It has a beautiful interior, as well as aisles, something rare in southern Gothic. It has a large rose on the front.

The collegiate church has five bells:

The first bell, which weighs almost 2 tonnes and was melted in …

More