Francine de Lavigne

Ceramic art and craft

On a visit to a small  medieval market town called Arnay-le-Duc, a massive oak door opens onto a paved courtyard, to reveal a very different craftsman's workshop called "Atelier de la Closerie". (more…)
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Puy Dome

The mountains in France

The French mountains give eternal snows, deep valleys, gorges with rapid rivers, sleepy volcanoes, mountain peaks over 4000 metres above sea level in the Alps and 3000 metres in the Pyrenees to the south on the French-Spanish border.   In the Auvergne sleeping volcanoes with a coating of autumn snow. South in the Midi-Pyrenees home to sheep and also bears. Alpes de Haute Provence in the late summer, a few miles from the Mediterranean sea Summer in the high hills of the Lure and Monges, Haute-Provence in the south-east of France. To the east the mountains peak high in the Alps
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Along the coast

From the Atlantic ocean to the Mediterranean sea, the variations and contrasts along the coast lines are stunning.  Soft sandy shores to striking cliff edges. [gallery ids="203,202,111,106,95,99" orderby="rand"]
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Heading South

The beauty of the Camargue is not only the climate and beaches, but the diversity, the differences, the influences and the strong grasp on traditions. The white Camargue horse, one of the oldest known races, totally adapted to their own natural environment of marshes and salty wetlands .   Working on the "Mas", a Camargue black bull farm. The herd is called a "Manade" and the horsemen are called "gardians" who ride the beautiful white Camargue horses.
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Francine de Lavigne

Ceramic art and craft

On a visit to a small  medieval market town called Arnay-le-Duc, a massive oak door opens onto a paved courtyard, to reveal a very different craftsman's workshop called "Atelier de la Closerie". (more…)
Read More
Puy Dome

The mountains in France

The French mountains give eternal snows, deep valleys, gorges with rapid rivers, sleepy volcanoes, mountain peaks over 4000 metres above sea level in the Alps and 3000 metres in the Pyrenees to the south on the French-Spanish border.   In the Auvergne sleeping volcanoes with a coating of autumn snow. South in the Midi-Pyrenees home to sheep and also bears. Alpes de Haute Provence in the late summer, a few miles from the Mediterranean sea Summer in the high hills of the Lure and Monges, Haute-Provence in the south-east of France. To the east the mountains peak high in the Alps
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Along the coast

From the Atlantic ocean to the Mediterranean sea, the variations and contrasts along the coast lines are stunning.  Soft sandy shores to striking cliff edges. [gallery ids="203,202,111,106,95,99" orderby="rand"]
Read More

Heading South

The beauty of the Camargue is not only the climate and beaches, but the diversity, the differences, the influences and the strong grasp on traditions. The white Camargue horse, one of the oldest known races, totally adapted to their own natural environment of marshes and salty wetlands .   Working on the "Mas", a Camargue black bull farm. The herd is called a "Manade" and the horsemen are called "gardians" who ride the beautiful white Camargue horses.
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