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Staying in a Castle with Children

Gery de Pierpont

In a Castle with Children How to stimulate a child’s curiosity and sense of discovery Of all the old buildings that we can still see around us, none are as expressive and stimulate the imagination more than fortified castles: their walls may be largely empty today but ...

Rural life in the mountains – with no fuss

Gery de Pierpont

Experiencing a "diffused hotel" in Italy You don’t come to discover a famous person, an artistic style or even a specific era when you come to Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a little village 1250 metres up in the Italian Abruzzi. ...

Turning a medieval stronghold into a four-star hotel?

Gery de Pierpont

Welcome to the Castello Chiola (Abruzzi) What can you do with a very old castle, an immense edifice which cannot be maintained, heated or occupied by one’s children? How can such a distinguished, aristocratic property, handed ...

A small history of bathrooms

Geneviève Lacroix

To bathe or not to bathe? Presenting the Middle Ages as squalid, where our ancestors positively wallowed in their own filth, terrified of water and cleanliness gives a murky, unhealthy image which has now been ...

Sublime turn-of-the-century opulence

Gery de Pierpont

L Hotel Paris L'Hotel Paris: former staying place of Oscar Wilde For one of my first “into History” nights in Paris, I plumped for a really iconic location, a real “must see” establishment in the French capital, which deserves an official heritage ...

Sparkling river, age-old mill and imperial mail coaches

Gery de Pierpont

Asselborn mill Experience the life of a miller or of a postmaster in Luxembourg The first thing that strikes you as you arrive at Asselborn Mill, in the north of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is the rugged appearance of the Tratterbach Valley, interspersed between ...

Blue pastels and precious silks

Gery de Pierpont

Recreating a 18th Century atmosphere The Caron de Beaumarchais hotel in the heart of the Marais district has become a must stop in Paris. Its reputation which has crossed the Atlantic attracts many visitors, particularly ...

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