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    Chateau d'Yvoire

    by gwened Written Jun 11, 2014

    another wonderful small castle in an Idylic location overlook the Lake Geneva. This is Yvoire one of the most beautiful villages of France.
    You have a wonderful site that describes in English very well this site, see the beautiful garden of the five senses just before the castle
    http://www.jardin5sens.net/en/

    A bit of history I like on the castle
    The Compey, one of the largest families of Geneva, are the first Lords of Yvoire. They retain the Château until 1306. At this date, the count of Savoy Amadeus V becomes master of Yvoire by exchanging with the Compey the castle of the chapel (chateau de la Chapelle), in Marin. In 1536, it is taken by the Bernese, burned by the genevans in 1589 and again by the Bernese in 1591. In 1592, fearing the role of arsenal that Yvoire is always suseptible to play, the Republic of Geneva in fact demolish the ramparts on the Lake side. From 1594, Yvoire is part of Claude Forestier. His son sells it in 1627 to Philibert Favre, Lord of Felicia and Brecorens. Philibert Favre resells the Castle from 1634 to Antoine Fornier, his son sells it Georges Bouvier in 1655. Today, it is always in the Bouvier high ranked barons. Through the work of restoration at the beginning of the 20C by the
    Baron Félix of Yvoire, the Castle takes its present appearance. In 1986, Yves and Anne - Monique of Yvoire have transformed a vegetable garden to make, with the complicity of the landscape architect Alain Richert, a labyrinth on the theme of the five senses.

    The Castle presents itself in the form of a huge rectangular keep, embellished with bartizans, against which builds a small body of 16C building.

    from gardens the Chateau d'Yvoire arriving at the garden and castle of Yvoire
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    Basilique Notre Dame de la Fourviére,Lyon

    by gwened Written May 7, 2014

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    A masterpiece and a must while in the city,you cannot leave without it. the link in contact tells you uptodate info on hours,pricings how to get there etc in English.You get there by funiculaire cable car. However for now this is it

    Visit Discovery ,Permanence of the guides from early April to late November, everyday from 9h to 12h30 and 14h to 18h(except on Sunday mornings and during the offices) Free admission in the Basilica
    Visit theme From April to late November. Saturday at 14h30. Dates of the themes on request to 04 78 25 86 19 Free admission in the Basilica
    Unusual visits June to September: daily at 14h30 and 16h April, may, October: Wednesday and Sunday at 14h30 and 16h November: Wednesday and Sunday at 14h30 and 15h30. Adult: €6 Less than 12 years: €3 Before the South-West Tower of the St .Ubaldo

    It all started with a chapel in 1168AD,and efforts to build the Basilica from 1866, however the war vs Prussia in 1870 hold all construction. This is when the story gets nice, the Lyonnais, worried, asked Bishop Ginoulhiac to express a wish to Notre-Dame de Fourvière to prevent the occupation of the city. If this wish is granted, they undertake to build a church dedicated to the Virgin at Fourvière. Archbishop solemnly makes this vow on 8 October 1870. Lyon is spared.The first stone was therefore laid December 7, 1872 and the last, on June 2, 1884.Great!

    lt will need until 1964 that the Interior of the Basilica is completed, with mosaics, sculptures and stained glass windows. In 1897, the new church was built in Basilica by a brief of Pope Leo XIII. The site hosts since 1982 the antennas of Radio Fourvière, that became RCF Lyon.

    Basilique Notre Dame de la Fourvi��re side of Notre Dame de la Fourvi��re Altar chapel of Notre Dame de la Fourvi��re
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    Monastére royale de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse

    by gwened Written May 7, 2014

    This is magnificent so much even passing I dare to stop and took a peek inside. the site explains up to date the hours and admission now at 7,50€ adults. So take a look before coming. But coming you must, its wonderful.

    The royal monastery of Brou is a masterpiece of Flemish flamboyant Gothic art from the beginning of the 16C. It consists of a set of monastic buildings built between 1506 and 1512, and the sumptuous Church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Tolentin de Brou , built between 1513 and 1532 by Louis van Bodeghem. This rare architectural ensemble was built at great expense by the very powerful Marguerite of Austria, Duchess of Savoy, governess of the Burgundian Netherlands, godmother and aunt of Charles V. It had built all in memory of her husband Philibert the handsome and to fulfil the vow made by his stepmother Marguerite de Bourbon.

    It is old history here as there was a chapel since 927AD; the monastery construction starts by 1506AD. The Augustinians of the congregation of Lombardy remained guardians of the tombs of Marguerite de Bourbon, Philibert the handsome and Marguerite of Austria, until March 4, 1658, and were replaced by the Augustinians of the congregation of France. The French Revolution drove them. During the fall and winter 1793-94, the cloister is home to the 1st Regiment of Hussars and was thus saved from demolition. January 31, 1794, the municipality of Bourg is lock up the abdicateurs priests of Brou.

    It is now a museum. The monastic buildings are the property of the city of Bourg en Bresse, which installed its Museum, the municipal Museum of Bourg en Bresse in 1922. This museum presents on the ground floor, a set of religious statues ranging from the 13-17C and, upstairs, a collection of paintings from the 16-20C (Bernard Van Orley, Pieter Coecke van Aelst, Colijn of Coter, Nicolas Victor Fonville, Gustave Doré...) and ,also, modern art.

    This is more in French from the city Mayor's office
    http://en.bourgenbresse.fr/content/view/full/28431

    Monast��re Royale de Brou the courtyard see the belltower and Cloister rood screen at royal monastery of Brou
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    Museum Castle of Annecy

    by gwened Updated May 7, 2014

    a wonderful fortress in the city now a museum, and great for the whole family while in Annecy. This was a fortress where the Counts of Geneva and the House of Savoie came to stays, then it was a police headquarters or caserne, and now is a museum of the borders of the Lake and the Mountains of Savoie. you great views from it overlooking the city and beyond Vieil Annecy (old annecy). You can come up on foot from several parking by the banks of the canals.

    The fortress castle is first mentioned since 1371 on the rocky steep. The beginning are not really known but the most famous structure is the tour de la Reine, or queen's tower that overlook the entry to the castle from the 13C and its the oldest element of it. The Vieux logis or old lodgings was built in the 13C on the north side by the Counts of Geneva for five generations until the extinction of the line in 1394. In the 15C the construction of the tour and of the logis Perrière fixed the borders of the castle to the east. The tower guards the approaches of the castle especially on the district of faubourg and porte Perrière, one of the four with access to the fortress castle.

    In the 16C the lodging of the logis Nemours and logis Neuf were done. From the 17C it was used as troops headquarters, such as during the wars of the Ligue d'Augsbourg 1691-1696, Spanish 1748-1752, and Austrians 1814. During the French revolution the fortress took the name of the "caserne de la montagne" or headquarters of the mountain. In 1796 worked is done to house before the winter troops of the French Republic for 800 men and 100 horses. At the union of the Savoie with France in 1860 the castle maintains its military presence.

    During the WWI (1914-1918),Germans officers were imprisionent here. The French army finally leaves the castle in 1947. From 1956,exhibitions and expos began to be done with the salle des Colonnes restored,and eventually little by little more is held, then the tour and logis Perrière are restored (1988-1992). 40 years of work to finally have it all restore and nice museum available for all to enjoy.

    admission adult is now 5,20€ and hours are From 01/10 to 31/12: open every day (10 h to 12 h and 14 h to 17 h) except on Tuesdays, 01/11, 11/11, 25/12.From 02/01 to 31/05: open every day (10 h to 12 h and 14 h to 17 h) except the Tuesday, 20/04, 21/04, 01/05.From 01/06 to 30/09: open every day (10 h 30 to 18 h).

    parvis entrance mus��e-chateau d'Annecy castle museum of Annecy views of the old city from castle museum
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    Lake or Lac d'Annecy

    by gwened Written May 7, 2014

    This is the center of activity the lake at Annecy. It is call the green Venice and for good reason, canals in the city and big lake ,lots of water but green and nice.
    Some of the towns around the lake with great views of it,and easy use of its services.
    The North Shore is called the Annecy Agglomeration: common and Annecy Annecy-le-Vieux. The East Bank is called 'Rive du Soleil': communes of Veyrier-du-Lac, Menthon-Saint-Bernard and Talloires.The West Bank is called "rive gauche": communes to Sevrier, Saint-Jorioz, Duingt. The South Shore is called the "Bout du lac": municipalities of Doussard and Lathuile.

    14,6 kms long with 38 kms of diameter is a nice size lake indeed.Lots of fauna, fish, and sport activities as well as boat rides. And the big Fête du Lac, or festival of the Lake.
    which will be August 2nd this year, info at
    http://www.annecy.fr/678-fete-du-lac-annecy.htm

    we arrive by car and then walk all over the lake around Annecy and the Lake front. Nice.Here is the city of Annecy info on the tourist office
    http://www.annecy.fr/582-office-de-tourisme-du-lac-d-annecy.htm

    the lake of Annecy again canal du Vass�� the Canal du Vass�� at Annecy the little Venice canals in old Annecy
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    ski of course ,you are in Savoie ,Alps

    by gwened Written Jul 20, 2012

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    wonderful place to ski with the family, the level a bit higher but it includes all. We like it as it was more a village life and skiing. the boys were thrill of course. I kinda stay by the village ::)

    warming up at the base looking at the challenge some rest and preparing equipement the coaches are ready
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    A way to enjoy with the family ski abondance

    by gwened Written Jul 20, 2012

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    mountains to ski, lakes for fishing and water sports, nature trails to go into the woods and get away from it all.
    A nice way to break with the family and now share here on VT.

    If you like outdoors and away from city life , this is perfect for you and the family

    Abondance village is situated in the North of the Haute Savoie, 30 km South of Lake Geneva, Thonon les Bains and Evain les Bains. Next to the Franco-Swiss boarder and close to Italy.

    going down alone strategy gathering a few tips before the big  mountain doing it solo
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    see the top of the world and more..Mont Blanc.

    by gwened Written Mar 19, 2012

    you can do it with a pack or sack but not carrying luggage around ,you can read in English plenty info here
    http://www.chamonix.net/english/sightseeing/aiguille_du_midi.htm

    plus all other information on the area.Very nice indeed but I just took the cable car several years back and now my sons are the ones who goes there....

    hope it helps

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    The Crocodile Farm

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When I read about this intrieging place I just had to visit. Originally this farm was literally a crocodile farm. They were bred to be killed for their skins. These days it is for conservation & breeding of endangered reptiles, alligators, iguanas, crocodiles giant tortoises etc. There is a high success rate for the breeding program here, they are then sent out when they are old enough to replenish stocks in the wild.
    This is the only crocodile study facility of its kind in Europe

    The 500 crocodiles live in a huge green house with 6,500m2 to play in. Which is interestingly kept warm by the reactor cooling waters of the local nuclear power station.

    Crocodiles
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    Crocodile fun!

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are a few interactivities dotted around the farm, Over 60,000 school children alone have educational visits to the farm every year. So it may be best to visit during the weekends & holidays! You can have guided tours or just wander around at your own pace, some beautiful tropical plants are here to be seen too.

    Open 09.00 - 17:00 later in the summer. Enrtance is 6.8 Euros.

    Freya on one of the trained crocodiles (~_-).
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    Belle Ville

    by freya_heaven Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Balazuc sits on the banks of the Ardeche River and has the privilage to be classed as being in the top 100 villages in France ( along with Gerberoy )

    When we visited In March everything was totally closed up, even the Tabac, but it was a very attractive & typically French Old Worlde with a very middle ages feel to it.

    There are walking tours on Tuesday morning in the season.

    Balazuc
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    Consider Visiting Charlieu

    by hquittner Written Nov 22, 2008

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    Historically Charlieu is part of the Brionnais district of Burgundy and it is a unity with the adjacent Romanesque churches (11-12C) of the nearby towns. It was itself a border town of Burgundy and received much Cluniac attention. There are remnants of a monastery and a nunnery there. The former has very early 12C tympani that are artistic milestones (on the Narthex of the Abbey church of St.- Fortunat). Visitors to the Brionnais region or the Beaujolais part of the Loire department can easily reach this quiet town.

    Narthex of St.-Fortunat Church
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    Pay a Visit to Brou Church (in Bourg-en-Bresse)

    by hquittner Written Nov 9, 2008

    Brou has one of the finest examples of Renaissance style churches in France, outside of Paris. It was created as a monastery and Savoy mausoleum and is filled with stone and wood carving as well as fine stained glass enough to overload an appreciating eye. We will try to cover most of it.

    Brou Church
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    Val d Isere

    by freya_heaven Written May 2, 2005

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    Val d Isere is one of THE places to go in France for a ski holiday. From here you have some of the best skiing in France over the 3 Valleys & l' Espace Killy Skiing range. The nightlife here is wild as are generally the prices! This is one of the most expensive resorts, I dont actually feel you get better value for money but it is in a great ski location.

    Val d Isere sits in a wide valley at 1850 meters above sea level. Lots of old stone houses & traditional looking wooden chalets line the few streets of the town. This is a very popular resort with British & Scandindians. There are some great shops here too. We were here near the end of the Ski Season & I picked up a great deal on a ski jacket!

    Val D Isere
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    Alpine Towns

    by freya_heaven Written May 2, 2005

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    There are many pretty towns & villages dotted all over the Alps, most have now been taken over by the tourist indusrty, Sking & other winter sports between December - April (although it is possible to ski on the glaciers in the summer) & hikers in the warmer summer months. In the more remote areas life continues as it always has, farming the land in the mild climate of the valleys in the very rich soil.

    French Alpine Town

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