Crusades

Prunes - ©david pacey / CC-BY Prunes - ©david pacey / CC-BY

What's this? After the plum from Brignoles (Var), here's the prune (pruneau in French) from Agen. A dry fruit men knew since the Antiquity for its medical and health virtues (yes, the prune is good...

The tower - ©Chatsam / CC-BY-SA The tower - ©Chatsam / CC-BY-SA

Let me introduce the tour de l’Honneur, also know as l’honneur de Lesparre (″Lesparre’s pride″) in the Middle Ages. Aaah, the castle was so gorgeous, in the past: imagine 7 big towers! Well, today...

The castle - ©Danièle de Sagnabous / CC-BY-SA The castle - ©Danièle de Sagnabous / CC-BY-SA

Astorg d’Aurillac, troubadour Astorg, born in Conros In 1130, Astorg I d’Aurillac (the legend says his ancestor was saint Géraud’s sister, who founded the city of Aurillac in the 10th c.) raised a...

The Red Sea seen from the balcony - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA The Red Sea seen from the balcony - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

The lost bird It exists a chapel of Our-Lady of Bouchet or Our-lady-of-the-Red-Sea, in a small island in the Red Sea, near the castle. Did you see it, from the terrace? Guy Sénebaud’s son, Amaury...

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Once upon a time Maupas We don’t know when the castle was founded. Only certainty: it was raised on Gallo-Roman foundations. We only know that it belonged to Henri III de Sully at the end of the...

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For Dun’s defense! This 6-floors belfry from the 13th century, with its 1490 framework, is pretty amazing! It almost looks like a medieval keep, isn’t it? Also known as ″Clock tower″, it was part of...

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Hoardings Culan’s story began in 1080, with the construction of a wooden fortress by Gillardus de Linière. In 1188, French king Philip Augustus fought against the English and his troops put fire to...

Provins rose (1851, Houtte, L. van) - ©Swallowtail Garden Seeds / CC-BY Provins rose (1851, Houtte, L. van) - ©Swallowtail Garden Seeds / CC-BY

What’s this? In Provins (Seine-et-Marne), they make syrups, jams with roses... all those recipes use the Rosa Gallica, famous Provins' rose. But the most famous product is the rose candy. Oh, maybe...

Statue, Notre-Dame de Semur - ©Christophe.Finot / CC-BY-SA Statue, Notre-Dame de Semur - ©Christophe.Finot / CC-BY-SA

At the end of the 12th century, a guy from Sémur, Gérard le Riche, brought a relic back from Crusades: Virgin Mary’s wedding ring! Whoa, pretty nice relic... Yes, and when he arrived near Sémur’s...

Gaston on Oloron portal - ©Daniel Villafruela / CC-BY-SA Gaston on Oloron portal - ©Daniel Villafruela / CC-BY-SA

The first cathedral in Oloron was destroyed by the Saracens in the 8th century, then rebuilt in 1080 by viscount of Béarn Gaston IV, nicknamed “the Crusader”. The ancestor of the handsome Gaston...


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