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France - October, 1998

 

In 1998 we decided to go to Central France.  It was our first trip to Europe together (I had been previously for "architecture school".)  The trip included Paris and the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Massif Central and Loire Valley regions.  Using Paris and Lyon as hubs, we took the train through the French countryside and learned the right way to live, work, and eat.  In fact, the city of Tours is currently in third place for the place we'd like to live when we leave the U.S. to retire.  It used to be first, but it has since been bumped by the entire country of Austria and Vicenza, Italy.

France: Where we visited
France: Where we visited

Using Paris as a hub, we visited several areas in Central France.

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Paris: Eiffel Tower
Paris: Eiffel Tower

We didn't go up, but the lake around the base was beautiful.

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Paris: Louvre
Paris: Louvre

Home of the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory

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Paris: Place de Vosges
Paris: Place de Vosges

Author Victor Hugo lived at #6 from 1832-1848 while writing Les Miserables.

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Lyon
Lyon

Vieux (Old) Lyon across the Saone River

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Dijon
Dijon

Timbered houses and shops on Rue Verrerie

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Le Puy
Le Puy

The 10th-century church of St. Michel d'Aighuile perched atop a lava plug

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Loire Valley: Tours
Loire Valley: Tours

Restored 15th-century homes around Place Plumereau

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Loire Valley: Amboise
Loire Valley: Amboise

Town of Amboise

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Loire Valley: Chateau Chenoceau
Loire Valley: Chateau Chenoceau

Location of the first straight staircase in France. The concept was brought to France from Italy by Catherine de Medici of Florence, wife of King Henry II.

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Chartes Cathedral
Chartes Cathedral

The place to find the most beautiful stained glass windows in the world and the rudest people in all of France.

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Versailles
Versailles

Former "hunting lodge" of Kings Louis XIII, XIV, and XV.

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