Travel in France – The Chateau of Villandry

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The Chateau of Villandry was completed in 1536, the last of the great castles built in the Loire Valley. The chateau was owned by Jean le Breton, the Finance Minister for François I. In 1906 the chateau was bought by … Continued

Travel in France – the Vidourle

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The Vidourle rises in the hills around St Roman de Codières and flows into the sea near Le Grau du Roi. The river  flows underground at times, and is prone to violent floods, vidourlades, after heavy rain, particularly in the autumn. It is c.85k in length. … Continued

The gite at Le Pouget, near St Hippolyte du Fort

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In the Cevennes we stayed in a comfortable gîte in the hamlet of Le Pouget, just four miles outside St Hippolyte du Fort.  The setting is wonderful, overlooking the valley of the Vidourle, and even on the occasional misty day it is beautiful, quiet, peaceful. … Continued

Travel in France – St Hippolyte du Fort

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‘The original name of the village was Saint Hippolyte de la Rochefourcade, and was located about 3 km SW of the current site, just southwest of the small hill called Puech de Mar. A few ruins of the ancient village … Continued

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