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Village Square Lourmarin Provence

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If you could have lunch here, wouldn't you take two hours or more? In France, one doesn't "grab some lunch", one "experiences" lunch! And why not? With such a beautiful setting, wonderful food and wine, it can be the highlight of the day.

Here in Lourmarin, the shops and restaurants simply beg you to slow down, explore, and soak in the local flavors and customs. Oh, and people watch as well!

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A: Courtyard Lourmarin Provence

door Mark Fink, 140 hier vandaan

Did you know that Lourmarin was voted the most picturesque village in France several years in a row? ...

Courtyard Lourmarin Provence

B: Olivettes Terrace

door Mark Fink, 330 hier vandaan

Olivettes Terrace

C: Olivettes Common Room

door Mark Fink, 340 hier vandaan

Olivettes Common Room

D: Olivettes Pool

door Mark Fink, 340 hier vandaan

Olivettes Pool

E: Olivettes Entrance

door Mark Fink, 350 hier vandaan

Olivettes Entrance

F: Fort Buoux, inside fortress

door Uwe Buecher, 6.3 hier vandaan

Fort Buoux, inside fortress

G: Fort de Buoux, Start of hidden stairs

door Uwe Buecher, 6.3 hier vandaan

Fort de Buoux, Start of hidden stairs

H: Bonnieux

door Jason Armes, 7.8 hier vandaan

The view from under the medieval village of Bonnieux.

Bonnieux

I: Bonniuex view from the Old Church

door Jason Armes, 8.0 hier vandaan

View from the 12th Century Church at the top of the village of Bonniuex. A lovely village - very much...

Bonniuex view from the Old Church

J: Lacoste View from the forest near Bonneiux

door Jason Armes, 8.1 hier vandaan

The view onto the Luberon valley and the medieval village of Lacoste from the forest around Bonnieux....

Lacoste View from the forest near Bonneiux

Dit panorama is genomen in France

Dit is een overzicht van 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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