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A Borie is a dry-stone structure, generally a one-room cabin. The smallest can be a single, low room where a shepherd could weather out a storm or a cold night. More typically, the single room borie is big enough to stand upright in, with space for a fire and often a shelf or two built into the thick stone walls.

Calern 2004

Calern 2004 was the 6th annual part-of-nature art exhibit held on the Calern plateau, north of Grasse in the Alpes Maritimes.

Callas Mill

The Moulin de Callas is a small olive-oil mill in the village of Callas, northeast of Draguignan in the Var department. The current mill uses modern equipment housed in a low building just above the original mill.

Canal du Midi

A 400-km long network of canals and waterways, built in the 17th century, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; between Bordeaux and Sète. Added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.

Comps Arcades Aqueduct

The "Les Arcades" aqueduct of Comps is [was] a multi-arched stone aqueduct carrying water from the Rhone to Nimes, from the end of the 19th century. The night of 23 December 2018 it all came tumbling down.

Ratapignata Pyramid

A strance stone pyramid built over the opening of the Grotto (Aven) of Ratapignata, on the eastern flank of a ridge in the hills north of Nice, France. The grotto beneath the pyramid is a karstic cave, called Bauma des Ratapignata in Occitan, or "Cave of the Bats".

Roquefavour Aqueduct

The Roquefavour Aqueduct is a beautiful 19th-century 3-tier stone aqueduct across the Arc river about 10 km west of Aix-en-Provence. Roquefavour, the world's highest stone aqueduct, was built in the style of the Roman Pont de Gard aqueduct as part of the Canal de Marseille.

Route Napoléon

The Route Napoléon took in 1815 on his march from Elba to Grenoble, with the intention to overthrow Louis the 18th.

Turtle Village

A zoological park for turtles, set in a nicely wooded location next to the village of Gonfaron in the department of the Var, on the edge of the Massif des Maures.

Verdon Museum of Prehistory

A very large and modern museum of prehistory located at the village of Quinson in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. It is billed as the "biggest prehistory museum in Europe", we can agree that it's a very fine museum.

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