The Gorges du Verdon in Provence
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The Gorges du Verdon in Provence

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One of the most beautiful natural sites in France. The Verdon gorges attract many nature lovers and sports. At the heart of Provence, between vineyards and lavender fields, like me you'll love this land flooded with light.

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A: Gorges du Verdon

by Pierre van Geenen, 360 meters away

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Gorges du Verdon

B: Verdon Gorge

by Jakub Hruska, 370 meters away

Verdon Gorge

C: The village of Aiguines and Lake St. Croix

by OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 2.4 km away

Point of view height to admire a sunset on Lake St. Croix and Valensole.

The village of Aiguines and Lake St. Croix

D: The village of Aiguines

by OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 2.6 km away

A unique village perched above Lake St. Croix in Provence. An unusual perspective on the Verdon gorge...

The village of Aiguines

E: Gorges du Verdon

by Pierre van Geenen, 2.9 km away

Made this photo last december when I had a short holiday in the south of france. This one I made in t...

Gorges du Verdon

F: Les Salles-sur-Verdon

by OLIVIER CHARLOIS, 4.7 km away

The town of Salles-sur-Verdon has the distinction of being engulfed by the waters of the artificial l...

Les Salles-sur-Verdon

G: Verdon Chemin De L Imbut

by Bertrand de LACLOS, 8.7 km away

Le sentier de l'imbut et la remontée par le sentier Vidal, offrent le plus beau, le plus spectaculair...

Verdon Chemin De L Imbut

H: Welcome to Verdon

by Erik Krause, 10.8 km away

If you follow the route des crêtes gorges du Verdon from La Palud in eastern direction you won't see ...

Welcome to Verdon

I: Gorges du Verdon

by Pierre van Geenen, 11.1 km away

Made this photo last december when I had a short holiday in the south of france. This one I made in t...

Gorges du Verdon

J: Verdon Gorge, Point Sublime

by Uwe Buecher, 11.3 km away

Verdon Gorge, Point Sublime

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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.

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