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Dragons on the Ramparts

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In Autmun 2013 the newly restored Forteresse Royale de Chinon was visited by a number of famous dragons -- or rather their fiberglass avatars.  This one is cooking something in the cauldron of boiling oil suspended near the top of the tallest tower.  I'm sorry I don't know his name.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di France

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A: Candes Saint Martin, where the Vienne and the Loire rivers meet

di Stephane Desnault, 13.1 km di distanza

A view of the Candes Saint Martin village, from the confluent of the Vienne and the Loire River. A ve...

Candes Saint Martin, where the Vienne and the Loire rivers meet

B: Candes Saint Martin - Church

di Stephane Desnault, 13.1 km di distanza

Candes Saint Martin is a quiet village on the bank of the Vienne - where the Vienne and the Loire meet.

Candes Saint Martin - Church

C: Abbaye of Fontevraud - Balcony

di Stephane Desnault, 13.9 km di distanza

A view of the main square of the Fontevraud Abbaye - one of the oldest and best restored in France. F...

Abbaye of Fontevraud - Balcony

D: Abaye of Fontevraud

di Stephane Desnault, 13.9 km di distanza

A view from inside the Fontevraud Abbaye. This is where Richard Lionheart, of "Robin Hood" fame is bu...

Abaye of Fontevraud

E: Abbaye of Fontevraud - Gallery

di Stephane Desnault, 13.9 km di distanza

The Abbaye of Fontevraud is one of the oldest and most beautifully restored Abbaye in France.

Abbaye of Fontevraud - Gallery

F: Fontevraud Kitchen

di Thomas K Sharpless, 14.0 km di distanza

Interior view of the famous stone kitchen attached to the refectory at Fontevraud Abbey.  With multip...

Fontevraud Kitchen

G: A View of Fontevraud

di Thomas K Sharpless, 14.0 km di distanza

The sun stayed in until early evening, but then the view of the ancient Abbey of Fontevraud was quite...

A View of Fontevraud

H: Morning at Mestré

di Thomas K Sharpless, 14.7 km di distanza

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

Morning at Mestré

I: Domaine de Mestré

di Thomas K Sharpless, 14.7 km di distanza

Le Domaine de Mestré is an ancient farmstead near Fontevraud L'Abbaye in the western Loire valley.  I...

Domaine de Mestré

J: Chateau Ruin, Crissay-sur-Manse

di Martin Broomfield, 18.8 km di distanza

The château at Crissay-sur-Manse, France. The château was destroyed by the order of Cardinal de Riche...

Chateau Ruin, Crissay-sur-Manse

Questo panorama è stato scattato in France

Questa è una vista generale di 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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