Close to my heart places and more

France. 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 of Toulouse known as "The City of Violets" In the 19th century people were devoted to farm the violets, and "The Pink City" for its pink tiles roofs.


Close to my heart places and more

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Saint-Paul-de-Vence,Alpes-Maritimes, France. Well known for the artists who have lived there, such as Jacques Raverat, Gwen Raverat and Marc Chagall and more recently the couple Bernard-Henri Lévy and Arielle Dombasle. Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has a home there. American writer James Baldwin died there in 1987. British actor Donald Pleasence died there in 1995.

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    Medieval and intriguing. I was born in this region of France.

Julia Child's first meal in France was at La Couronne in Rouen. the oldest Inn in France, registered in 1345 on the most ancient bill of sale found to this day, saw Joan of Arc, but also Pierre Corneille who's family house was just a few blocks away.

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Cathar is a goat cheese that best represents the region where it is produced, the Midi-Pyrenées. An Occitan cross is drawn on its main face with ash. It is a cheese made from whole raw goat milk. The texture is very fine and smooth, the taste is enriched depending on the maturing period, generally lasting two weeks.

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La Fête des Violettes - Fragrant violets have long been cultivated, and the Romans were already using these flowers for cosmetic and medical purposes (Barandou, 1999⇓). Parma violets are reputed for their double, fragrant flowers.

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(RECETTE CUISINE) - SUCRE AROMATISE : Créez votre sucre parfumé à l'huile essentielle de géranium en incorporant 8 gouttes d'huile essentielle dans un pot hermétique contenant 150 gr de sucre en poudre. Secouez vigoureusement et laissez poser. recommencez le lendemain. (Françoise Rapp)

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Fontfroide Abbey or l'Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Fontfroide is a former Cistercian monastery in France, situated 15 kilometers south-west of Narbonne near to the Spanish border. It was founded in 1093 by the Viscount of Narbonne. The abbey fought together with Pope Innocent III against the heretical doctrine of the Cathars who lived in the region. It was dissolved in 1791 in the course of the French Revolution.

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Introduced in France under Napoleon III, this variety called "violette de Parme" for a long time, was cultivated in the North of Toulouse, France. The flower is one of Toulouse' symbols. The town wears its colors since 1985 when the name of "violette de Toulouse" became an official trade name. Many delicacies and products are derived from these lovely scented flowers.

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Mont Saint Michel at certain times is engulfed by the water and reveals the splendor of construction. Set in a medieval town called Avranches, this monastery was fortified in the 13th century. **According to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared in 708 to St. Aubert, the bishop of Avranches, and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel's instruction until Michael burned a hole in the bishop's skull with his finger.

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According to the UN, the decorated caves contain some of the best preserved figurative drawings in the world

Replica of the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave to open in France

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Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most powerful and fascinating personalities of feudal Europe. At age 15 she married Louis VII, King of France, bringing into the union her vast possessions from the River Loire to the Pyrenees. Only a few years later, at age 19, she knelt in the cathedral of Vézelay before the celebrated Abbé Bernard of Clairvaux offering him thousands of her vassals for the Second Crusade. It was said that Queen Eleanor appeared at Vézelay dressed like an Amazon galloping through the crowds on a white horse, urging them to join the crusades.

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French Chateau Rescued from Ruin : The Good Life France.

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Hôpital de la Grave,Toulouse, France. Built on 6 hectares, first mentioned in 1197. La Grave was the second large hospital and main maternity in Toulouse during an important part of the XXth century, During the periods in which the plague ravaged Toulouse, the Hôpital de La Grave was used to care for those afflicted with the disease, isolating them from the beggers, injured and disabled. The hospital ended up being expended to cope with the mounting epidemic in the 1500s.

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La Vie Cevenole/Leven in Amsterdam.: La grêle, les fleurs.

La Vie Cevenole/Leven in Amsterdam.: La grêle, les fleurs.

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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.

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This book arch is the entrance of a book store “Le Bal des Ardents” in Lyon (Rue Neuve), France. (Picture via Breathing Books)

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Toulouse Mourns Charlie Hebdo Victims in Mass Rally

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Le jardin japonais de Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France www.gajolles.com

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Joan of Arc

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Candiflor has been candying flowers in Toulouse, France since 1818. It's a testament to the difficulty of the process that they remain essentially the sole producer of these ancient delicacies. The flowers are all-natural and pesticide-free.

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Glanum is an extensive archaeological site of a former Roman settlement near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. The site itself is thought to pre-date the coming of the Romans, though most of the remains that we can see today are Roman ruins from the first and second centuries AD.

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The town of Strasbourg, France. Its 2000 year history has taken it from being a prosperous merchant city to its current position as capital of the peoples of Europe, from a centre for humanist thinking to a thriving hub of creators and entrepreneurs.

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Marché de Noël Toulouse, France. (Christmas market)

Marché de Noël (2013)

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"Les Jacobins" church, Toulouse France. Inside pillars in the shape of palm trees. Built between 1275 and 1292 by a very talented but unknown architect. Photo -- Eric Pouhier

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Pont Neuf and Château d'eau by night. Christmas. Toulouse, France.

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