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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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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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Visit Aigues Mortes Provence Aigues Mortes Bouches du Rhone Camargue
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Visit the Fortress of Aigues Mortes near Provence

Across a country border and 800km from its glacial source in Valais, Switzerland the Rhône River gasps as it reaches the Mediterranean Sea. Like a wide yawn the Rhône’s two branches; the Grande Rhône and the Petit Rhône empty their cargo at the mouth of the river. This area of …

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Hotel Negresco #Nice06 #FrenchRiviera @ChiaraOrlandi @ToursofNice
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The Fascinating Story of the Hotel Negresco in Nice

For over a century the striking Hotel Negresco has been the favourite holiday destination for celebrities, royalty, millionaires, and politicians. This magnificent belle-époque building, instantly recognizable by its pink domed roof, stands proudly on the promenade des Anglais in Nice. The hotel celebrated its centennial in 2013. Five centuries of …

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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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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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Vaison la Romaine @OurHouseinProvence
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Vaison-la-Romaine a Tale of Two Towns

You are probably not aware but this past July, we had the pleasure of a visit from daughter Tricia, her husband Alvin and two of our wonderful grandchildren; Avery and Caedon. We have talked and planned for this visit for a long time. We knew that we had to plan …

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Main street Glanum #StRemy #Provence #History @PerfProvence
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Uncovering Glanum from a Pile of Rocks in Provence

Nutmeg is reasonably certain she is not the first person to walk through the Glanum archaeological site, near St Remy de Provence, and consider that mankind is relatively insignificant in the passage of time. Ashes to ashes Dust to dust Rocks to rocks Glanum a Roman oppidum, protected by its fortified walls once …

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