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Joan of Arc – 600th anniversary

Joan of Arc Miniature (Painted 1450-1500)

The 6th January 2012 marked the 600th anniversary of the birth of Joan of Arc and the start of a year of celebrations. Born in the village of Domrémy in Eastern France Joan led a simple life and claimed to have had her first religious vision at the age of 12 when she was instructed to drive the English out […]

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5 unusual French tourist attractions

Corkscrew Museum in Menerbes, France

If you’re after a camping holiday in France that’s slightly different from the usual French recipe of gourmet food and rolling vineyards, then take inspiration from some of these more unusual Gallic sites. The Corkscrew Museum, Ménerbes France is known for being one of the centres of the wine-producing world; however, were it not for the humble corkscrew then few […]

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Carnivals in Europe

Masked purple lady at Venice Carnival

February is peak carnival time in Europe. With Ash Wednesday marking the start of Lent, Carnival was traditionally seen as the pre-Lenten period when homes had to purge themselves of any rich food and drink in preparation for 6 weeks of abstention and self-denial. The origins of the word carnival are thought to have emerged from the Italian “carne levare” […]

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