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Culture Pebble Beaches Around The World

Beaches usually mean sand, but not always. There are beaches made of sea shells, broken glasses pounded smooth by the surf and pebbles. While stray pebbles on the beach are common, a beach made entire……

Anecdote Madam Coudray’s 18th Century Manikin For Midwife Trainees

This crude fabric doll of a small child emerging out of a fabric womb was one of the first life-sized obstetrical manikin used by Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray, a pioneering French midwi……

Culture Passage du Gois: A Tidal Causeway in France

Passage du Gois is a submersible causeway in the Bay of Bourgneuf, linking the island of Noirmoutier to the mainland in the department of Vendée, in France. Twice a day, for an hour or two, the tide g……

Anecdote The Stilt Walking Shepherds of Landes

The Landes region of southwestern France, bordering the Bay of Biscay, is covered by a large pine forest. In fact, its the largest maritime pine forest in Europemaritime pine is a species native to th……

Anecdote The Steam Hammers Of The Industrial Age

Standing proudly at the entrance to the French industrial town of Le Creusot, in the region of Bourgogne in the eastern part of the country, is a colossal Creusot steam hammer built more than a centur……

Anecdote St. Pierre and Miquelon: The Last French Colony in North America

About 25 kilometers off the coast of Canada, in the North Atlantic, lies a tiny bit of France. Its a string of islands belonging to the archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, whichdespite being loc……

Anecdote Semaphore: The World’s First Telegraph

Smoke signals and beacons have been used to relay messages over short distances since ancient times, but the only reliable way to send messages over long distances was to dispatch a horse-riding messe……

Culture Aiguille du Midi, France

The Aiguille du Midi is a 3,842 meter tall mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. The name "Aiguille du Midi" translates literally to "Needle of the Noon" or "Needle of the Mid-day". Th……

Culture Aiguille du Midi, France

The Aiguille du Midi is a 3,842 meter tall mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps. The name "Aiguille du Midi" translates literally to "Needle of the Noon" or "Needle of the Mid-day". Th……

Culture Verdon Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Europe

The Verdon Gorge, called Gorges du Verdon in French, in south-eastern France between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var is a spectacular river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe'……

Culture Trou de Fer Gorge in The Island of Reunion

Trou de Fer is one of the most spectacular sights of La Reunion, a French island lying some 650 km off Madagascar's east coast, close to Mauritius. Its a gorge about a thousand feet deep between two c……

Culture Verdon Gorge: The Grand Canyon of Europe

The Verdon Gorge, called Gorges du Verdon in French, in south-eastern France between the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the Var is a spectacular river canyon that is often considered to be one of Europe'……

Culture Trou de Fer Gorge in The Island of Reunion

Trou de Fer is one of the most spectacular sights of La Reunion, a French island lying some 650 km off Madagascar's east coast, close to Mauritius. Its a gorge about a thousand feet deep between two c……

Culture 4 Amazing Shell Beaches Around the World

Seashells, which are usually the dead empty shells of marine mollusks, often wash up on the shores but there are certain beaches that routinely have an unusually large accumulation of seashells washed……

Culture 4 Amazing Shell Beaches Around the World

Seashells, which are usually the dead empty shells of marine mollusks, often wash up on the shores but there are certain beaches that routinely have an unusually large accumulation of seashells washed……

Culture The Great Dune of Pyla: A Moving Desert in France

The Great Dune of Pyla, located 60 km from Bordeaux in the Arcachon Bay area, France, happens to be the tallest sand dune in Europe. Also known as Great Dune of Pilat, the sand dune is enormous - meas……

Anecdote Oradour-sur-Glane: The Village Massacred in WW2 and Preserved Since Then

On 10 June 1944, at around 2 PM, four days after the Allied invasion of Normandy, approximately 150 Waffen-SS soldiers entered the tranquil village of Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limosin region of south……

Anecdote 66th Anniversary of Operation Overlord: Normandy Landings

Operation Overlord was the code name for the operation that launched the invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II by Allied forces. Operation Overlord was the single largest mili……

Culture The Grand Canyon of Verdon

The Verdon Gorge in south-eastern France has been dubbed the Grand Canyon of Verdon because of its topological similarities with the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, United States. The Grand Canyon……