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Morning at Mestré
France

An early morning view of the lush meadow below le Domaine de Mestré, near Fontevraud Abbey in France's western Loire valley.

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Domaine de Mestré
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Abaye of Fontevraud
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Abbaye of Fontevraud - Gallery
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A View of Fontevraud
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Abbaye of Fontevraud - Balcony
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Fontevraud Kitchen
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Candes Saint Martin - Church
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Candes Saint Martin, where the Vienne and the Loire rivers meet
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The Pigeon House of the Castle of Breze
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Château de Brézé
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Troglodyte room, Castle of Breze
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Castle of Breze, the Moats
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The marketplace in Biertan
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Petroglyph Nat'l Monu.: Path between Black and JA
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Picadilly Circus
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Medieval restaurant Unglerus in Biertan
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Golden Chedi, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok
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Mausoleum of the popes in fortress Biertan
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Stairs to the fortress Biertan
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Occupy Philadelphia in Light Rain
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Jordan Pond
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Toits de la Sorbonne
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Jamestown Harbor
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Chinatown Friendship Arch
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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes
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France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.Text by Steve Smith.