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      Free things to see and do in the Loire Valley

       
      This Provençal home in the countryside just outside of Avignon sleeps six amid olive groves, a pool, and rows of lavender—and its owners would love to visit California (Photo courtesy of Homeexchange)

      Free things to see and do in France

       
      La chambre de Van Gogh à Arles (Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles) (1889) by Vincent van Gogh, in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris (Photo Public Domain)

      Art and architecture in France

       
      Vercingetorix throws down his arms at the feet of Julius Caesar (1899) by Lionel Royer. The painting depicts the surrender of the Gallic chieftain after the Battle of Alesia (52 BC). Note that one of the warriors (bottom left) has a torque around his neck. In fact, the torque was reserved only for gods and important members of a royal family. The depiction of Gauls with long hair and mustaches is also called into question today. The horse is a Percheron, although at this time this breed was not in Gaul. In addition, the Gauls rode bareback, but here the horse is saddled and harnessed. The rectangular shield also does not accord with the time when they were mostly oval. (Photo Public Domain)

      From the Gauls to De Gaulle, a brief primer on French history

       
       (Photo © Reid Bramblett)

      The mysteries of the metric system

       
       (Photo by Neville Nel)

      Wine in France