French Bastides

Southern France has about 300 bastides or walled cities the French and English kings built in the 13th and 14th centuries for defense and economic purpose by

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Beaumont du Perigord - Porte de Luzier

Beaumont du Perigord, a bastide now located in Perigord Pourpre and founded in 1272 by King Edouard I of England on the boundary of the County of Toulouse

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Villefranche du Perigord

Villefranche du Perigord, the oldest of the 18 bastides of Perigord, founded in 1261 by Alphonse de Poitiers, Comte de Toulouse and King St. Louis’ brother

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Place des Arcades in Eymet

The bastide of Eymet was founded in 1279 to protect Perigord from the English who occupied the Duchy of Aquitaine since Eleanor’s marriage to Henry II

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Place des Cornières and Halle in Monpazier

The bastide of Monpazier in Perigord, built in 1285 by Edward I of England, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France and as a Grand National Site

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Abbaye de Cadouin - cloister and garden

The Holy Shroud, brought back from the Crusades in the 11th century, turned the Abbaye de Cadouin into a major place of pilgrimage in the Christendom

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Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat - Collegiate Church Saint-Leonard

Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat grew around the abbey built on St-Leonard’s tomb and along the Voie Lemovicensis, the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela

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Perigord-Limousin Regional Nature Park - Saut Chalard in winter

Perigord-Limousin Regional Nature Park, one of two regional nature parks in Limousin, created in 1998 to protect and promote the regions’ natural heritage

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Traditional bugnes

Recipe for French Bugnes, the fritters that used to be prepared on Mardi Gras with all the leftovers of fat that couldn’t be consumed during Lent

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Loire Valley Vineyard

Loire Valley Vineyard, the largest of the 13 French wine-making regions, includes the Anjou-Saumur, Auvergne, Centre-Loire, Pays Nantais, Touraine vineyards

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Auvergne Vineyard - Côtes d'Auvergne Boudes

The Auvergne Vineyard is one of the five wine-making regions that constitute the Loire Valley Vineyard, and one of the oldest vineyards of France

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Pierres Jaumatres

Pierres Jaumatres, clusters of eccentric rocks formations located west of Montluçon and produced by ice and rain erosion during the Quaternary Period

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Centre-Loire Vineyard - Sancerre white

The Centre-Loire Vineyard is one of the five wine-making regions that constitute the Loire Valley Vineyard, one of the 13 great wine-making areas in France

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Falaise Castle fortifications

Chateau de Falaise in Normandie, also known as Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquerant as it was the birthplace of William II Duke of Normandy and King of England

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Touraine Vineyard - Tasting Chinon Rouge

The 5500ha Touraine Vineyard is one of the five wine-making regions that constitute the Loire Valley Vineyard, one of thirteen wine-making regions of France

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