The castle of Azay-le-Rideau was built on an island in the Indre River under the patronage of King Francis the First. A subtle blend of French tradition and innovative Italian decor, it is an icon of the new art of building in the Loire Valley in the 16th century. Its successive owners have helped toContinue reading “Azay-le-Rideau”

Corbie Town Hall

Corbie is on the territory of the Val de Somme, in Picardie. The city was built around the abbey, founded by Queen Bathilde around 660. The monks of the abbey invented in their scriptorium a new writing (the “caroline”), easier to read that became the tiny letters used in the printing press. The monks haveContinue reading “Corbie Town Hall”