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Chateau de Vincennes

From the series “The greatest France castles ”
The beautiful Castle of Vincennes was built for the French kings in the 14th century. The hunting estate was located on its site earlier. The castle was located on the territory of a vast forest at the time of construction. The large city of Vincennes has formed around it over the years. It is one of the main suburbs of Paris today. One of the first major reformations of the castle took place during the reign of Philip VI, in the 14th century. The castle significantly expanded its scope during this period. It had a new tower built. Its height was 52 meters.

The king equipped his luxurious chambers and library in this tower. One of the most difficult stages in the history of the castle took place in the 16th century. It was a time of religious wars. The former royal residence was … Read all

Chateau de Culan

From the series “The greatest France castles ”
The medieval castle of Culan is located in the valley of the River Arnon. The very first wooden was built fortress in its place more than a thousand years ago. It fell into disrepair after 10 years. The fortress was destroyed at this time. Construction of the new fortress began in the 12th century. The continuous formation of the new defensive structure lasted for more than 300 years. The beautiful castle has changed many famous owners. It belonged to Admiral Maximilien de Bethune in the second half of the 14th century. The castle came into the possession of the Duke of Sully at the end of the 16th century.

The years of the French Revolution were a turning point in the history of the Culan, as for many other medieval castles. The building was divided between several families during this … Read all
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City tourism has always been an important part of the European economy. For years, major EU cities benefited from the constant flow of travelers but the pandemic changed the usual lifestyle of the region. Without a doubt, 2020 was not the best year for European tourism as the entire industry was stagnant. The impact of COVID-19 is truly dreadful – according to the data provided by ECM Benchmarking Report 2020-2021, the average decline in the industry was 60.9% in 2020. A year earlier, European tourism posted a growth of 4.3%. Read this

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Cuisine and restaurants of France

Paris
Paris is the best place to try some dishes of the French cuisine as it is the best place to feel their genuine and unforgettable taste. First of all, it is important to mention baguette in the list of these gastronomic specialties. In Paris, the baguette is cooked in full accordance with the classic recipe. The traditional baguette weights 200 grams and is 65 centimeters long. Travelers who visit Paris in winter should not forget to try the traditional winter delight – roasted chestnuts. … Read more
Nice
Various fish dishes make up the basis of the regional cuisine in Nice. Local chefs cook delicious surmullet that they usually serve with polenta. Fans of more refined food will like sea bass fillet cooked in a special almond sauce. During the process of cooking, the tender fish fillet gets a crispy nut crust. Nice restaurants specializing in the national cuisine also offer unusual delicacies, for example, cannelloni with a special frog leg sauce. Salad Nicoise has become a calling card of … Read more
Cannes
Many foodies wishing to try local delicacies head not to popular restaurants but straight to the main market of the city – Marche Forville. This historical roofed market sells products from all regions of the French Riviera. This is the only place where visitors can find rare types of cheese and meat delicacies, salted olives and fresh seasonal vegetables. Marche Forville is also a popular place to shop spices – it is simply impossible to imagine the national cuisine without certain herbs … Read more
Lourdes
You will find many traditional French dishes in Lourdes. It's no secret that the real cult of food has been maintained for many centuries in France. Local residents try to get the most pleasure in life. This rule also applies to meals. The elegance of the serving, the nuances of taste, even the color of the plate – everything matters here. Therefore, you should not be surprised if the portion of the ordered dish is small. It is also interesting that citizens often eat not meat or fish with … Read more
Lyon
Lyon's true gastronomic heart is the historic market Paul Bocuse. On its shelves, you can find the most popular and interesting regional products. Many come here specifically to taste rare varieties of sausages and cheese. You can even find rare truffle cheese, which is only sold in two places in the city. Several small cafes operating at the market invite its visitors to try popular regional dishes. It serves fresh oysters and snails, as well as a variety of seafood and the best French wines. … Read more
Toulouse
There are over eight hundred different restaurants, cafes and bars in Toulouse; there are real gastronomic attractions among them. The luxury restaurant Michel SARRAN is known far beyond the city. The restaurant offers a decent selection of author’s seafood dishes and excellent meat treats, as well as sophisticated desserts and drinks. Visitors are sure to be pleased with an attentive staff and a wide range of prices. There are dishes for every taste and budget in Michel SARRAN. The Moroccan … Read more
Marseille
Bouillabaisse seafood soup is the most famous dish that you can taste in restaurants in Marseille. At least three varieties of fish are used for this soup. Every chef has his own special way of cooking this popular dish. Soup with sea eel, mullet, hake, sea devil, and other common types of fish is cooked in local restaurants. You can taste more original versions of it with crabs and mussels in high-end restaurants in Marseille. In addition to seafood, potatoes and other vegetables are added to … Read more
Strasbourg
Strasbourg has over six hundreds of various dining places to offer. Every connoisseur will be able to find restaurant to meet his demands. Among restaurants specializing on the local cuisine tourists often point out La cuilliere a pot. It offers a broad selection of meals, pleasant atmosphere and affordable prices, but it's recommended to book a table in advance. If you visit La cuilliere a pot for the first time, take into count that they serve king-size dishes. Originally decorated … Read more

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