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Giles Mitchell / Giles Denmark

St. Chinian, Herault


South France Guide Photo of the Week - April 15 1997

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St. Chinian, Herault

This busy town, has a wonderful Sunday market, with everything from clothes to meats and fruit. Its a place to meet, and sit and chat at the local café. The town dates back to 825 when a monastery was founded by Saint Anian, possibly on the site of what today is the Mairie. The monastery prospered and with it the village that had grown up around. It survived the Albigensian Crusades relatively unscathed and emerged in the 17th and 18th centuries as a centre for the manufacture of high quality cloth. During the French revolution the abbey was dissolved and its buildings put to new uses. The former abbey church is now the village hall and hosts everything from exhibitions to village dances.

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Napolean, Les Invalides, Paris



South France Photo of the Week - April 23 1997

Napolean at Invalides

Napolean, Les Invalides, Paris

One can imagine in the court that this man overlooks filled with soldiers. Now it is pleasant walking through on the way from the Rodin Museum towards the river Seine. One walks past innumerable memorials to battles fought in the upper "cloister", and one can snatch this view of the great man.

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