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Diamond review  In another country

Advantages: "The past is a foreign country..."
Disadvantages: "...they do things differently there." (L P Hartley)

The aspiration to own a second home in France did not originate with the English middle class after the second world war. The idea also appealed to the ecclesiastical dignitaries who peopled the papal court during its sojourn in Avignon in the 14th cent ...

torr 10.12.2009 · Read full review
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Review of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, Languedoc-Roussillon

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A load of old bulls?

Advantages: Startling amount of cave art; you don't have to walk
Disadvantages: None, unless you're claustrophobic or don't like the dark

Can I interest you ladies and gentlemen in prehistoric cave art? Not a patronising question, but one addressed to myself. Last summer we spent a couple of weeks in Les Eyzies in the Dordogne and visited seven world-class sites of palaeolithic paintin ...

Chouchinciao 24.01.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Grotte de Rouffignac

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Today I will draw a mammoth

Advantages: Very family friendly
Disadvantages: Does not cater for non French speakers

The Dordogne region in France is famous for its cave systems and these can broadly be split into two distinct camps, some are worth visiting for the spectacular rock formations to be seen whilst others are famous for their cave paintings that stretch back ...

atticusuk 13.01.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Grotte de Rouffignac

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Diamond review  Under iron mountain

Advantages: Fascinating testament to a strategic folly
Disadvantages: Limited viewing opportunities

Keep your eyes open as you travel across north-eastern France and you’ll see quite a few of them, like scabs on the landscape’s skin. Some, formed of rusty steel, masquerade as hummocks in the grassland, others formed of weathered concrete are half-hidd ...

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Review of Fort de Fermont, Fermont

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Diamond review  Dual heritage

Advantages: A castle fit for a king, a high king...
Disadvantages: ...or even a kaiser

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle perches atop a steep hill in the heart of Alsace. Behind it to the west rise the Vosges Mountains, while to the east it looks out across the flatlands of the upper Rhine valley towards the hills of the Black Forest on the river’s ...

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Review of Haut Koenigsbourg Castle, Orschwiller

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