World Heritage Corb: next up in our series on the 17 buildings by Le Corbusier that have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List is the architect’s Notre Dame du Haut, the small chapel in Ronchamp, France, that has become one of his most iconic designs.
Completed in 1954, the Ronchamp chapel was built for a Catholic church on a pre-existing pilgrimage site. The previous stone building had been largely destroyed during the second world war.
It is considered one of the most important buildings of the 20th century, and represents a key shift away from the sparse, functionalist form of Modernism that Le Corbusier displayed in his earlier projects.
The main structure consists of thick masonry walls, which are curved to improve stability and provide structural support.
Raiatea is located in the Leeward islands at a 45 minute flight from Papeete, Tahiti. Raiatea, meaning “faraway heaven” and “sky with soft light”, was first named Havai’i after the homeland of the ancient Polynesians and is the most sacred island in the South Pacific.
Raiatea which is the second largest Tahitian isle, was the center of religion and culture over 1000 years ago and still lends enchantment to ancient legends told to this day. The green-carpeted mountains include the celebrated Mt. Temehani, a sort of Polynesian Mt. Olympus.
Formerly named Hava’ī, Raiatea is known as the Gods’ cradle and hosts archeological treasures (marae, petroglyphs…) witnessing an ever present epic history and culture. As the first Polynesian island to be populated, Raiatea shelters the most spectacular and first international marae of the Polynesian triangle, called Taputapuatea, where inauguration ceremonies, political alliances and international meetings took place.
8 great tours for an adventurous and mesmerizing experience close to nature on the Pyrenees.
The Pyrenees is a huge range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between France and Spain. Reaching a height of 3,404 meters (11,168 feet) at its highest peak of Aneto, the range extends for about 491 km (305 miles) from the Bay of Biscay (Cap Higuer) to the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus). This wonderful region is filled with mountain villages, snowy peaks, dormant volcanoes and wonderful wildlife (including bears, marmot, eagles and much more) and is bound to be full of adventure. There are plenty of things to do in the Pyrenees. In this article, we’ll look at 8 great tours for an adventurous and mesmerizing experience of this area.
1. Pyrenees Mountains Small Group Day Trip from Barcelona
Just when we thought the Islands of Tahiti couldn’t possibly get anymore special than they already are, that’s exactly what happens. After a long-held campaign, the Taputapuatea marae, a sacred site on the island of Raiatea, was officially deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sunday, July 23. The Taputapuatea marae, a source of power and spiritual strength in nature, marks the first cultural site to be recognized as a World Heritage Site within French Polynesia.
As World Heritage Sites are places of significant cultural symbolism, the Taputapuatea marae is an ancient, natural landscape, a spiritual place where traditional ceremonies were once performed. The classification of the Taputapuatea marae as a UNESCO World Heritage site provides the Polynesian people with new, unifying opportunity to share their traditions, and ancient heritage to the wider world.
Nibble pink biscuits under the gaze of the Smiling Angel while shopping for a château.
The obvious reason to live here is in the name. If you are thinking about moving to the world’s sparkling-wine mecca, world heritage and sweet treats await.
Walk in the footsteps of French kings and Joan of Arc
Reims, the capital of Champagne, is also known as the City of Coronations. Thirty-three French kings, from the middle ages to the Bourbon restoration (1814-1830), have been crowned in the city’s cathedral. The crowning of Charles VII in 1429 by Joan of Arc is celebrated every spring for two days throughout the city, and the square in front of the cathedral hosts festivities and a medieval marketplace.
We hate to tell you this. But your favorite smart phone accessory is not welcome at these places and festivals.
It was in July 2017 that Milan, in Italy decided to ban selfie sticks, food trucks and glass bottles from its streets. The ban on selfie sticks came into effect because they felt that it will put astop to distracted, “anti-social behavior” among both residents and tourists. What can you see anddo in Milan? UNESCO world heritage sites, the capital of fashion, Milan is a must visit for a traveller
It is almost a year since Disney Parks across the globe banned selfie sticks. “Handheld extensionpoles have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast,” say officials.
Mecca, the holiest of cities for those who profess Islam, needs no introduction.
Saint-Emilion, France. You can almost taste the goodness of this area as it swirls around the tongue like a good wine.
This wine region is renowned for delectable flavours, and a deliciously vintage feeling that seeps from its historic heart.
But before I regale you with my experiences of this corner of France, I have something to confess. Something rather embarrassing.
This was not only my first time in Saint-Emilion, but it was also my first foray in France. Our paths just never seemed destined to cross, even though I had developed something of a love affair with France from afar.
My wanderlust daydreams starred leisurely walks along the Seine, gallery hopping and revelling in the café culture of Paris.
This historical Roman theatre in France has been built in the first century. The UNESCO World Heritage site, carved into a hillside in Provence, can fit 10000 spectators on its stone seats. Nowadays, the theater sees mostly operas and hosts the world-famous annual festival of Les Chorégiesd’Orange. The first two rock bands to perform at the venue were the Dire Straits and the Cure.
The Cure gig was filmed in its entirety by Tim Pope.
National Centre for the Performing Arts
The National Grand Theatre, or The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), is one of the 4 most important landmarks in Beijing. The titanium-and-glass ovule that appears to be floating on water, is often compared to an egg.
France is an absolute gem of a country that can keep even the most restless backpacker entertained for months. Think picturesque medieval towns, bucketlist-worthy surf spots, sunny Mediterranean coastline, giant fleamarkets and more wine and cheese than you can shake a baguette at. When it comes to variety, France is hard to beat: the south is completely different to the north, the cities all have their unique identity and the beaches are, well, just too amazing to miss.
The best bit is that backpacking around France doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Even in the more expensive cities such as Paris, there are loads of ways to save money and make your budget go further. So what are you waiting for? Here’s our pick of the best places to visit in France for an epic summer trip.
When Julia Child arrived in Le Havre in 1948, disembarking the oceanliner America for a new life in France, she described the port: “giant cranes, piles of brick, bombed-out empty spaces, and rusting half-sunk hulks left over from the war.”
Nearly 70 years later, my young daughters are riveted to a trottinette (scooter) competition at the beachfront skate park, swaying to the music that has drawn young and old alike to bask in the spring sunshine on the promenade. Dogs are pulling at their leashes; hand-holding couples gaze at the marina yachts; a retiree plays with his new drone on the beach.
On the occasion of the city’s 500th anniversary, we’re on a spring weekend getaway from our Paris home. Behind us, St. Joseph’s Church lords over the bustling port, the busiest in France for shipping-container traffic.