French Foreign Legion Historical Image
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The French Foreign Legion from Hollywood to Aubagne to Paris

Contributor blog post by Jerry Clark @Modern Trobadors: It’s Academy Award season, and as it was with me a year ago when I wrote of Marcel Pagnol, I am drawn back to Provence, in fact to his hometown of Aubagne. On this occasion it began last fall when I was …

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French Bakery
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A French Superstition: Bread and Bad Luck

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: The French are a superstitious lot. They have many traditions that predict whether good or bad luck will follow a certain action. One such superstition states that you should never lay bread on the table upside down. It’s widely known that this action invites …

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Guillotine in France @GirlgoneGallic
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Friday Fun Facts 4 – Did you know? The Guillotine in France

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic: The last execution by Guillotine in France happened not so long ago. Over 200 years ago, the French discovered and adopted the Guillotine. The Guillotine was designed by the surgeon Antoine Louis inspired by devices found in Italy. Dr. Louis perfected his new …

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La Rotonde #AixenProvence @margo_lestz
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Good King René and His Fountain

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Aix-en-Provence, the City of a Thousand Fountains Aix-en-Provence is known as the city of 1,000 fountains. However, since the folks of this area have a reputation for exaggeration, we should probably take that with a grain of salt. The real number might be closer to …

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Pont d 'Avignon Construction @Margo_Lestz
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Singing About the Avignon Bridge

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Sur le Pont d’Avignon The Avignon bridge is known around the world today because of the famous children’s song, Sur le Pont d’Avignon (On the Bridge of Avignon). In medieval times, it was also a well-known bridge, but not because of this song – …

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Aix en Provence Archaeologists Find Cemetery in centre ville @Aixcentric
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Aix en Provence Archaeologists Find Cemetery in centre ville

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The ‘dig’ being carried out ahead of the redevelopment of the Place de la Madeleine has already yielded results in that skeletons are being exhumed and taken for examination. As expected, there was a 16-18th century cemetery beside the church. The archaeologists are also hoping …

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The Virgin Project of Nice, France

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Did you know that the city of Nice, France almost had a 49 foot (15 meter) tall statue of the Virgin Mary standing atop the Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill)? In the 1980s, the idea of the “Virgin on the hill” came to the …

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Pont du Gard @OurhouseinProvence
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A Visit to Historic Pont du Gard

Contributor blog post by Michel: With daughter Tricia and family visiting, we planned activities that would interest grandchildren Avery and Caedon and frankly use up their seemingly boundless energy including hiking and swimming as often as we could. We figured a visit to Pont du Gard would be perfect. Our …

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Bells of Provence @PerfProvence
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Angelus the Bells of Angels in Provence

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg: Ginger and Nutmeg live close to the village church. When they first return to France it takes several days to get adjusted. Between the 8-hour time change and the village bells, there is no need to wear a watch. The clock tower bells chime every …

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Roman History @bfblogger2015
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A Bridge To The Past: The Roman History of France Revisited

Contributor blog post by Deborah Bine: A visit back to Pont du Gard and Nimes with my guest from the US reminded me how much history is so close to me in the south of France. Revisit some of the Roman past with a tour to Nimes — one of …

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