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France, Vintage Images circa 1900 (2018 calendar)

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France is formal, elegant and simple, too. The Chateau Bourbon-Busset in the French Alps is quite formal and imposing. Place de la Comédie in Bordeaux is quite elegant. The swans swimming in the Parc de la Tete d’Or display all those features. Enjoy a visit to France circa 1900 and celebrate La Belle Époque all year.

Published by Tide-mark, the 2018 France, Vintage Images circa 1900 wall calendar opens to 13.75 by 20.5 inches.

Places pictured in the 2018 calendar include:

January

Between April and November in 1900, some 50 million people walked through the Grand Entrance to the Exposition Universal in Paris, pictured here, to see the future. The Exposition Universal invited countries and companies from around the world to show and demonstrate the best and newest things to come. Visitors saw the first Ferris wheel, Russian nesting dolls, Diesel engines, talking films, escalators and the first magnetic audio recorder.

February

If one needs a reason to construct a castle in one of the most stunning settings possible, guarding a trade route is a good excuse. Overlooking the Lac d’Annecey in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps region of eastern France, Château de Duingt was intended to control the trade route between Genève, Switzerland and Moûtiers, France. The chateau was first mentioned in 12th century records, but is believed to be even older.

March

The Château Bourbon-Busset near Vichy is the ancestral home of the Bourbon-Busset family, which is descended from Louis of Bourbon, Prince-Bishop of Liège (1438-1482), a sixth cousin of King Charles VII of France. Today, the head of the House of Bourbon-Busset is Jacques de Bourbon-Busset, who is a civil engineer and former mayor of Ballancourt-sur-Essone. The old château is owned by a Swiss family.

April

Concluding that the people of Lyons would benefit from access to a park, the city’s mayor led the drive to create one. The idea was realized in 1861 when the Tête d’Or opened its 290 acres to the public. The park’s name, the Golden Head, comes from a legend involving Crusaders who were said to have buried a treasure, including a golden head, in the area of the park.

May

A picture of contrasts, this image shows buildings of the old Paris on the left and, in the distance on the right, the Army and Navy buildings constructed for the Expositions Universal in 1900.

June

A travel guide published in 1844 says of the valley of Cauterets, “… it begins at Pierrefitte, and extends from N. to S. as far as the limits between France and Spain; it offers in almost all its length but a narrow defile surrounded with high mountains, some of which are covered with woods and others are quite naked. This valley is watered by a torrent which mixes it waters with those of the Gave, below Pierrefitte and precipitates its course from rock to rock.

July

Only a few hours north of Paris and less than ten miles (15k) from the English Channel, Caen was described as an archetypical Norman city. It was famous for the historic buildings constructed during the time of William the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England (1066-1087). Much of that historic architecture was destroyed during the Battle of Normandy in World War II.

August

The Vikings occupied the area that is now the town of Granville, until they were ousted by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Fishing was a major trade, but in the 19th century Granville became a seaside resort with horse racing and a golf course. The promenade pictured here is named La Trauchee des Anglais, the English promenade, and was part of the old city fortifications.

September

The Petit Trianon was built for Marie Antoinette in 1783, a place where the queen could escape with close friends from the formalities of court life at Château Versailles. Abandoned after the French Revolution, the Petite Trianon was renovated in the 1990s and is now open to the public.

October

The island commune of Le Mont St. Michel served as a monastery and defensive fortification since the 8th century. Little more than half a mile from the shore, the island is surrounded by the ocean at high tide, but visitors can walk to it at low tide. A small garrison repulsed an English attack in 1433, and the island remained unconquered during the 100 Years War. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island receives more than 3 million visitors each year.

November

Looking down Rue Juillet XXX in Bordeaux, a monument to victims of the French Revolution stands at the center of the picture, and on the right is the columned Theatre de Bordeaux.

December

The Catholic basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde stands at the highest point in the city of Marseille. This Neo-Byzantine structure was consecrated in 1864, but was built on the site of a church of the same name constructed in 1214.

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