10 unusual places in France


The Ideal Palace horse factor

This is one of the most unusual sites in France: the ideal Palais Postman Cheval. A monumental and quite astonishing work, located in the small village of Hauterives, in Drôme. The story is uplifting and symbolizes the best way that a human will can achieve! One day, Joseph horse factor of his condition, picks up a stone he returns home and decides to build a palace ...! Every day the 33 years that followed, the Cheval left armed with his wheelbarrow to gather stones. With lime, mortar and cement, the building gradually takes shape ... and the result is almost unbelievable! The Ideal Palace of Cheval is now considered a masterpiece of naive art, and was a historical monument in 1969 While in Hautevilles, do not miss the other great achievement factor: the Tomb of silence and endless rest, that he has built for himself in an equally grand style as the palace ...

Colorado Provencal Rustrel

In the heart of the beautiful Luberon region, the small village of Rustrel has long lived on the exploitation of ocher deposits its surroundings. Today, these ancient deposits are the reason for the arrival of many visitors to Rustrel centuries of natural erosion, coupled with latest men's work in quarries led to the creation of a landscape that very special, which inspired the nickname (slightly exaggerated) Colorado Provencal. On a surface of 30 hectares of steep amazing shapes in shades of ocher up the amazing scenery of the location. marked trails and easy to navigate through the entire site (for walkers, the GR 6 through here). Attention shoes and clothes do not emerge unscathed from their contact with ocher, plan an outfit accordingly. Each of the trails, sporting a color to navigate, has a name in connection with the forms that can be observed: '' fairy chimneys' ',' 'Sahara' ',' 'river of sand' ... it gives an idea of ​​what one discovers in the Provencal Colorado.

The Treasure of Sauniere at Rennes-le-Château

Small concealing village department of Aude, Rennes-le-Château has a history at least singular. Everything begins when Sauniere takes office in the village in 1885. In a village whose inhabitants are not more than 300, the abbot began six years later important works, such as the restoration of the church to several million francs! From there, Sauniere live in an incomprehensible luxury: but where he came out all this money? The mystery remains, because the abbot took his secret with him in 1917. Many hypotheses have been more or less outlandish: is the treasure of the Cathars, that of Jerusalem? Or rather the discovery of a terrible secret hidden? Or only a traffic Masses? Nobody knows ... Anyway, excavations are now banned in Rennes-le-Château. Passing through the village, the church of St. Mary Magdalene visiting retyped by Sauniere, whose interior contains codes and symbolic allusions: an unusual church where the devil takes place under the holy water! The area of ​​the abbot is also open to visitors: the case of Sauniere is traced .

Pougne Hedgehog, the navel of the world!

In the unusual category, Pougne-Hedgehog should never be forgotten. That name means nothing to you? Yet this small village lost in the depths of Deux-Sevres, about ten kilometers from Parthenay, is neither more nor less than the navel of the world! Let's be more precise: this village of 360 inhabitants no longer claims to be the place where would place the Big Bang mythological. In other words, it is Pougne-Hedgehog that come all the stories and legends of the world! These are extracted from the stone that faces the church, called the navel. The best time to discover Pougne Hedgehog remains its festival, which takes place every two years. The program, storytellers, comedians, street performers and musicians, arts and entertainment, stories and dreams, to lead creative and full of surprises festivities. An original festival, which will appeal to young children as the rest of the family ...

Pyla Dune Gironde

For lovers of beautiful beaches, the coast of Gironde are a dream of sight sand, waves, the Atlantic Ocean in all its splendor ... On this coast, south of Bordeaux and not far from Arcachon Bay is a unique natural site of its kind: the Dune of Pyla. For it is not a dune like the others: the Pyla is still amounts to more than 100 meters high, and ranks as the highest dune in Europe! Not easy easy to climb this mountain of sand in the summer sun (a staircase is still fitted) ... but it's worth the effort because from the top, the view is stunning ocean, the pool of Arcachon and wooded landscapes of the Landes. To go down, there is the conventional way, and there is the way of the air: the top of the Dune du Pyla serves runway for lovers of paragliding! A good dose of thrills in addition to the discovery of an unusual natural site, the Dune du Pyla is a must in the region. If possible, avoid

high season to escape the crowds and enjoy the leisurely ascent ...

Navigating Green Venice

The Marais Poitevin is unrivaled in the hexagon, and if his nickname reconciles the beautiful Venice, the two do not have much to report, if not, their channels. If you are fired in the Poitou-Charentes, do not miss to discover the Green Venice, vast area of ​​covered marsh channels, forming a true water maze in the heart of the Marais Poitevin. It is not difficult to understand the origin of this nickname Green Venice: here, everything is green! The bushy and perennial vegetation, trees, water channels, covered lenses, but also frogs! There is only one real way to blend in with the lush environment of the Green Venice: embark directly on the canals aboard a boat and spend the day quietly navigate ... and in this watery maze, it is not difficult to get lost! Various piers exist in Coulon, capital of the Green Venice, in Magné or Mazeau (near Niort). A day that promises to change things up!

The Bories Village in the Vaucluse

To the southeast of the famous hilltop village of Gordes, located two kilometers away, on the first slopes of the Vaucluse mountains, a small village has a very particular architectural style: the latter dwellings are called Bories. This original form of traditional housing is to carefully stacking dry stone for the construction of buildings without mortar, backed a corbelled vault. The result is amazing, especially when you consider that this village to the original appearance (we crossed to the stone age) was still inhabited in the mid nineteenth century. The site was restored in the 1970s and opened to visitors: some buildings house reconstructions of daily life scenes, based on a multitude of items on display. The visit is free. The village as a whole (twenty buildings) is now a historical monument.

Carnac and alignments megalithic

Morbihan is a region well known for its multiple monoliths ... but no site is as intriguing or knows such magnitude as that of Carnac. This small Breton town is located between the Gulf of Morbihan and the Quiberon peninsula, a situation to be the envy of any holidaymaker. But the town also attracts the curious and history enthusiasts, eager to discover the famous megaliths alignments marking the entrance of the village: a thick mystery still remains around the site, which dates back thousands of years BC ... These alignments (divided into groups), which seem to correspond to precise astronomical positions, are truly impressive: there are almost 3,000 menhirs aligned! Their height varies, not exceeding 4 meters high. A site very unique in the world, which is famous Carnac well beyond the borders of France!

Richelieu, the town of Richelieu ...

Richelieu is an amazing little town that bears the name of its creator, Cardinal Richelieu. The latter bought the former village, in order to create a new city. Construction began in 1631, this city supposed '' perfect '', covers a rectangle of 500 meters by 700, surrounded by walls and moats. Symmetry and geometry are the hallmarks of urban Richelieu plan: three entrances open walls, but it adds a fourth, false, to respect the balance! The Grand Street connects two square spaces. The latter consists of a succession of mansions to be all perfectly identical outside and inside. Every other street is articulated around this axis, parallel or perpendicular to it, forming a grid. Jean de La Fontaine would have called this city '' most beautiful village in the world '' ... probably in derision. On the death of the cardinal city finally did was never fully completed according to the exact plans, but the 28 mansions of the Grand Street still an amazing sight, not to mention the rest of the place of heritage, baroque church, the halls, the park where exposed models following the original plans.

The Regulus Caves near Royan

Meschers-sur-Gironde is a fairly traditional resort, located on the estuary of the Gironde, but who has an interesting curiosity: its limestone cliffs, as time continues to erode for centuries, digging multiple caves that overlook the waters. The caves of Regulus are named after the warship of the same name, in 1814, was scuttled in this place to escape the English fleet. There is evidence that these caves are inhabited since prehistoric times. Appointed by man, they welcome the courtyard of their history of poor, Protestant refugees or any sort of smugglers. Tourism takes possession of these cave dwellings in the late nineteenth century, when coffee settled on the cliffs and excursions are organized. These visits are still relevant today: a journey accompanied by a guide who can relive the history of the caves of Regulus, through some of his iconic characters such as Cadet, a wrecker that attracted ships using lanterns hanging on the horns of a ram for plunder, or Guicharde, the last resident of the place, saleswoman postcards until 1923. other events are held in the caves of Regulus course for children, night walks, theater, concerts ...