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TRAVELS WITH YOUR NAVIGO – CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES

Neptune Sculpture in the gardens of Chateau de Versailles. 

The history of Versailles is inextricably linked with Louis VIV, although there had been a residence there for centuries before he ascended the throne.  As Dauphin, Louis XIV had loved to hunt in the forests surrounding the small chateau that his father Louis XIII had rebuilt from the original brick and stone hunting lodge.  These works were ongoing until 1634, which laid the basis for the chateau we know today.

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EUROPEAN HERITAGE DAYS: VISITING RARELY ACCESSIBLE PLACES—FOR FREE!

Emmanuel Macron welcoming visitors to the Elysee Palace.

This year was the 35th edition of European Heritage Days that take place in September every year.  During the designated weekend doors are opened to thousands of monuments and sites, many of which aren’t normally open to the public, or offer only limited access.  As visits are free, the idea is to encourage people to learn about their local cultural heritage, and become actively involved in safeguarding it, not only for the present, but for future generations.

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MUSÉE YVES SAINT LAURENT, PARIS

Musee Yves St Laurent. 

A fitting celebration of the designer’s life and work, this jewel of a museum was opened by the French Minister of Culture in October 2017.  Housed in a beautiful Second Empire mansion, which was formerly the premises of his haute couture maison in the discreetly elegant 16th arrondissement, it is an enduring tribute to this legendary designer. 

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