Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilica

Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilica in Clermont-Ferrand, one of 10 ‘Major’ Romanesque churches of Basse-Auvergne, strikes by its rich ornamentation and architecture

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Prieury and church of Lavoute-Chilhac

Lavoute-Chilhac, a medieval village nestled in a meander of the Allier, is famous for a pebble relic, Notre-Dame -rouvée, kept in Ste-Croix-de-Volte Church

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Orchids nursery near Paris

A visit off the beaten track, 20km east of Paris, to a family of horticulturists who have grown and selected hundreds of orchids varieties for 127 years

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Fleur de Lys - yellow iris

The Fleur de Lys, the official emblem of the kings of France from 1150 to 1830, is not a lily but a yellow iris represented in a stylized form

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St Meloir des Bois - Roman column

St Meloir des Bois near Dinan boasts four antic columns whose origin is unknown but were part of buildings erected when Brittany was under Roman occupation

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garden gnomes - nains de jardin

Garden gnomes – nains de jardin are among the most common so-called decorative items found in French gardens, loathed by most people, worshiped by a few

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Prieure Saint Etienne in Broceliande

The modest Prieure Saint Etienne in the Forêt de Brocéliande, the oldest chapel in the department of Morbihan in Brittany and a listed Historical Monument

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Passage du Bourg l'Abbé

Passage du Bourg l’Abbé, one of the few remaining covered galleries built in Paris during the 19th century, is today listed as a historic monument

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Icones in Pessales Russian Orthodox Chapel

Pessales Russian Orthodox Chapel near Sylvanes Abbey, built in Russia, transported by train and re-assembled in Pessales by the young Russians who buil it

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