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Many of the forts and palaces pictured here have witnessed some of the greatest events in European history - the Great Schism of the Catholic Church, Napoleon's exile, the 100 Years War, the life of Joan of Arc, and much more. Wherever you go in France, without exception, there's always something fascinating for the history lover to see, and knowledgeable local people to tell you about it, with a rich mixture of embroidery and historical fact. An evening in the local watering-hole, sharing a bottle of wine or two with the residents, is an evening's entertainment on its own.

Château de Chambord, Loire Valley

Château de Fontainebleau, near Paris

Château de Bonaguil, Lot-et-Garonne

Château de Beynac, The Dordogne

Château de Langeais, Loire Valley

Château Azay-le-Rideau, Loire Valley

Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, Lot

Château de Hautefort, The Dordogne

Palace of the Kings of Majorca, Perpignan

Château Meung-sur-Loire, Loire Valley

Château de Quéribus, Languedoc-Roussillon

Château Saumur, Loire Valley

St-Mâlo, Brittany – the National Fort

Château Villandry, Loire Valley – the gardens

Château Trévarez, Saint-Goazec, Brittany

Château de Peyrepertuse, Languedoc-Roussillon

Bishop's Palace, Avignon, Provence

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