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European Heritage Days in France

Tcaen memorialhroughout the EU the countries of the Council of Europe hold annual European Heritage Days 15 – 16 September 2018

The weekend provides endless opportunities to discover and explore a wealth of France’s cultural and sometimes industrial treasures – history, archictecture, arts and crafts, museums and galleries – wherever you are that weekend look out for the local programme from the local tourist office. The themes for 2018 is “L’art du partage” – the Art of Sharing.

Amongst the visits on offer in previous years were:

Caen’s Memorial (15 Calvados, Normandie) – free audio tours of this musuem dedicated to the cause of world peace – Caen suffered immensely during the War and then was virtually obliterated by the D-Day invasion and its aftermath, but unlike other historical museums and exhibits in Normandy, Memorial tries to focus on the wider cause of peace and the impact on civilians rather than the military story.

Maison du Pain d’Alsace in Selestat (67 Bas-Rhin.  Alsace) – the Museum of Alsace Bread is offering free entry on Sunday 19 with a tasting of 3 new breads including ones made with tea and onion!

Visit the best preserved Medieval Castle (12th Century) in the Franche-Comté at Oricourt (70 Haute-Saone) north east of Besancon

Try a visit to a restored 19th Century windmill at Thoaurs – Moulin de Crevant – 79100 Thouars (Deux-Sevres< Poitou-Charentes) south of Saumur.

See the medieval Aubusson Tapestries (23 Creuse, Limousin)

For more info see www.journeesdupatrimoine.culture.fr/ – and the local tourist office – and check locally for dates, times and prices.

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