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Program 332a: Regions of France; Châteaux Country; Ancient Stones of Brittany
Release Date: 01-24-2015
Join us as we take a look at regional highlights beyond Paris, such as the vineyards and mansions of the Loire Valley. We'll also learn about the weathered prehistoric stone formations on the hillsides of Brittany and how they link us to France’s mysterious past.
- Virginie Moré, tour guide based in Brittany, France
- Danielle Farineau, tour guide based in the Loir Valley, France
- Mark Seymour, tour guide based in Brittany, France
- The About-France.com website has maps and descriptions of the various official "regions of France."
- Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most visited attractions is France, off the coast on the Normandy-Brittany border.
- The Western France Tourist Board has information about attractions in the Loire Valley.
- Wikipedia has a geographical list of chateaux in France.
- Montsoreau is counted among "the most beautiful villages of France."
- Rural vacation homes and farmhouse accommodations are listed on the gites de france website.
- Photos of many of the Carnac stones are on a Wikipedia entry about the site.
- Mark Seymour lives in Brittany, and also leads tours in southwest England.
Sweet burgundy pearl
Humble onion so sublime
Only in Provence
— Jessica Baen, New York City
Cotton castle ancient cliffs
Soft blue goddess gifts
— Vanessa Zimmer-Powell, Houston TX
Beneath boughs of oak and pine
The soil tinted green
— Brian Alcorn, Thousand Oaks CA, describing California's Big Sur
"We've arrived," she spoke
Softly in my tired ears,
"It's time to explore!"
— Alan Powell, Nashville TN
More with Virgine Moré - Virginie Moré tells us how the people of Brittany arranged it so that France could never impose tolls on that region's highways. Also, listener Jane from New Orleans notes the cultural contrasts within the regions of France, such as what she observed in the Dordogne, and Virginie explains how that also holds true in her home region, Brittany. (runs 2:47)
More with Danielle Farineau - Danielle Farineau and Rick discuss how the French system of "gites" accommodations works for renting accommodations in the French countryside. (runs 1:34)