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House of Renoir Essoyes Champagne France

The great impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir lived in the charming little village of Essoyes, in the Aube department of Champagne-Ardennes from 1896 until 1907. I …

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Following in the footsteps of Renoir

If your job was to scout for picture-perfect locations for chocolate boxes, you’d find the Cote des Bar in Champagne a rich source of glorious …

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Sedan France and the largest fortified Castle in Europe

Victor Hugo said of Sedan in the Ardennes: “pretty women, handsome carabineers, trees and meadows along the Meuse, cannons, drawbridges and bastions, such is Sedan. …

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The Misty Elegance of the Ardennes France

I love to visit France and have visited almost every department over the last twenty years or more. The journey from my home in the …

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At the International Puppet Festival, Charleville-Mezières, France

I took a train from London to Paris with Rail Europe and then on to Charleville-Mezières. I was in the town for the inauguration of the …

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Puppet Festival in France that pulls all the right strings

The World Puppet Festival is held every two years in Charleville-Mezieres in the Ardennes region in northern France. For the ten days the fete takes …

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Champagne cycling tour

Drink in the sights and the famous bubbly as you explore the valleys and vineyards in the lush green region of Champagne-Ardenne by bike says …

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Paris to Reims for a Champagne day trip

Paris to Reims is a simple trip by train and who would want to miss out on such a fabulous day out in famous Champagne! …

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Regional dishes of Champagne-Ardenne

  Regional dishes of Champagne-Ardenne: the Champagne region of France is synonymous with luxury, glamour  and … the eponymous drink – champagne of course! The …

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Champagne-Ardenne

  The region of Champagne-Ardenne stretches from the forests of Ardennes in the north touching on the borders of Belgium to the tip of Burgundy …

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