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Close to my heart places and more

All these places were close to me at one point or another in my life, either as a child or adult. All hold special meanings and memories. Some unique local delicacies are also presented, mostly from my hometown.

Alhambra in spain - Architectural detail in the Casa Real (Royal Palace)

Impressionist painter Claude Monet's Giverny property. France.

Claude Monet's garden at Giverny

Medieval fortress restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853 and added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. One of the few fortified city in France.

Medieval Castle, Carcassonne, France | A1 Pictures

The construction of the Hôtel began in 1555 and was not yet completed when Pierre d'Assézat died in 1581. It is an outstanding example of Renaissance palaces architecture of southern France, with an elaborate decoration of the cour d'honneur (courtyard) influenced by Italian manierism and by classicism. The use of brick is typical of Toulouse. The Hôtel now belongs to the City of Toulouse and was restored in the 1980s .Photo by ignis.

Château du Rivau — Ecuries royales.For the first time in in history a architect came up with an innovative new style.No document revealed the exact identity of the architect although the style was greatly reminiscent of the work of Philibert Delorme.

Château du Rivau — Wikipédia

Chenonceau-An architectural mixture of late Gothic and early Renaissance, Château de Chenonceau and its gardens are open to the public. Other than the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most visited château in France

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The chapel of Saint-Hubert where Leonardo da Vinci is buried. Leonardo died in 1519 and, according to his last Will, was buried in the cloister of the church of Saint Florentin in the Chateau of Amboise. His mortal remains then disappeared due to the tombs violations during the Wars of Religion of XVI century, when Saint Florentin fell into ruin.

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The royal Château at Amboise is a château located in Amboise, in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France. Confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century, it became a favoured royal residence and was extensively rebuilt. King Charles VIII died at the château in 1498 after hitting his head on a door lintel.

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Carousel in The Tuilerie Gardens in Paris, France.

Carrousel in the Tuileries Gardens by HeidiHermes | Crated

Château des Doyens, Midi-Pyrénées town of Carennac, France.

France, Haute Garonne, Toulouse, Candilor, Toulouse Violets (Viola Odorata Suavis) used in the elaboration of crystallized flowers.

Basilica Saint Sernin, in Toulouse, France (my hometown) Roman Catholic. Year consecrated:1180 - As well as Saint Saturnin, Saint Honoratus is also buried here. The crypt contains the relics of many other saints. The Basilica of St. Sernin was designated in 1998 because of its significance to the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route.

Pont Alexandre III, Cours la Reine, Quai d'Orsay, Paris VIII

Chateau de Bonaguil, Fumel, France. Built in the 13th century, restructured later.

Pont du Gard, ancient Roman aqueduct bridge. In the Cévennes, France.

Fleurs de Lys, Chàteau de Versailles - France