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Over Sancerre

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The highest point in the hilltop town of Sancerre, in the eastern Loire valley, is a medieval tower, the remnant of a fortress that was destroyed by the Cathokic monarchy after being held for many years by Protestant rebels.  Kind of the Huguenot Masada.  It offers splendid views of the town and the surrounding vineyard-coverd hills.

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A: Near the Top of Sancerre

Par Thomas K Sharpless, à 70 mètres

This view from the highest street in Sancerre offers a glimpse of the mysterious private mansion at t...

Near the Top of Sancerre

B: Nouvelle Place, Sancerre

Par Thomas K Sharpless, à 110 mètres

Not sure just how new this central square of Sancerre may be.  The masonry in the middle certainly ha...

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C: Sancerre Wine Shop

Par Thomas K Sharpless, à 130 mètres

The business of Sancerre is wine.  There are serious tasting/sales rooms operated by vintners or asso...

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D: Le Parc est Fermé

Par Thomas K Sharpless, à 140 mètres

At the very top of Sancerre is a park containing a 14th century castle tower and a tall, mysterious m...

Le Parc est Fermé

E: Roof Renewal

Par Thomas K Sharpless, à 190 mètres

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F: Sancerre - view from vineyards

Par Ludovic COLLIN, A 1.6 km

http://www.panoramic-city.net/vue3d/cher0001.html

Sancerre - view from vineyards

G: Vineyard at Sancerre

Par Thomas K Sharpless, A 1.8 km

The hilltop town of Sancerre looks over several square miles of vineyards on the slopes of the neighb...

Vineyard at Sancerre

H: Vineyard at Chavignol

Par Thomas K Sharpless, A 3.5 km

Liliane getting her first up-close look at French viticulture at a sauvignon blanc vineyard at Chavig...

Vineyard at Chavignol

I: l'église de beaulieu sur loire

Par Michel Voignier, A 23.7 km

L’église St Etienne de Beaulieu sur Loire a conservé sa nef romane. Le mobilier et la décoration inté...

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J: In the countryside in Berry (France)

Par Ludovic COLLIN, A 25.7 km

See too to the panoramic with the sound version :http://www.panoramic-city.net/vue3d/gron0002.html  

In the countryside in Berry (France)

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Ceci est un aperçu de France

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.

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