Château du Petit Chêne, Renamed Alexandra Palace Hotel

Château du Petit Chêne, Renamed Alexandra Palace Hotel Le Petit-Chêne was originally a seigneury. Around 1780 the castle was completely rebuilt and the contractor used a lot of materials from old ruined castles. The east facade had two wings in return with, in front, a large courtyard. The rear facade opened onto a garden with an orangery. There were several water features and landscaped groves. During the Revolution, the Petit-Chêne was sold as national property and then recovered by the …

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Travel Guide Strasbourg France

We visited Strasbourg! We left the Offenburg station in Germany and took a local train, which was more like a tram than a train. After a journey of only 25 minutes we arrived at the train station in Strasbourg. Then the journey began. First day After leaving the luggage at the hotel we went on foot to the area called Pettite France. This is a charming area, full of canals and flowers. You can see an old fortified river port …

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History of the Souvenirs – Gifts

History of  the Souvenirs When traveling, there is always someone who returns home with a souvenir. It can be a miniature, reproductions of sculptures, keychains, postcards or almost anything with the name of the visited site. But:   Who invented the modern souvenir? Giovanni Volpato (1732-1803), an Italian engraver and potter from 18th century Rome, is considered the modern inventor of souvenirs. Giovanni Volpato was a brilliant self-made man, full of initiatives and with great artistic and entrepreneurial gifts. Born …

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Americans on Vacation . Where are they going?

Americans on Vacation Top Destinations Mexico       Canada    United Kingdom       France         Italy The preferred destinations of Americans outside the United States are reduced to five countries. To Mexico especially in the part of the Caribbean, Tulum, Playacar and Cancun. The most chosen European destinations are UK by history and culture. I have it that France and Italy. In France the most common destinations are Paris and the Loire Valley. to a lesser extent, the …

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America’s Byways – US Scenic Roads

America’s Byways – US Scenic Roads All the scenic and tourist routes compiled by  Federal Highway Administration.  Follow the link of each title for more information. US Scenic Roads for  vacations. A1A Scenic Road & Historic Coastal Byway (Florida) This byway lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway on a narrow barrier island with breath-taking views. This environment supports a variety of wildlife, including 50 endangered species. History aficionados will enjoy touring St. Augustine, the oldest continually-occupied European settlement …

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