Excursion Ideas - History

The rich history of the Rhône-Alpes culture is evidenced through its churches, its geographical structure, its buildings, its bridges, its artwork, and so very much more.



Architectural / Religious / Historical sites
Traces of France's vast culture and history can be found throughout the Drôme region: the Rhône River once used to transport the Romans through the country; the 12th century Tower of Crest, the highest dungeon in France; the village of Le Poët-Laval with one of the only Protestant churches not to be eradicated during the 17th century religious wars; the Vercors mountains where the resistors of Vichy France stood strong against the Germans until their final fall in 1944; the 11th century Romanesque Saint-Michel church in the Garde-Adhémar; the post-gothic 16th century House of Heads in Valence. Discover one by one the pieces of history that have helped to define the Rhône-Alpes region.


The life of the Marquise de Sévigné
Madame de Sévigné's extensive correspondence with her daughter, Madame de Grignan (from the village of Grignan), provides us with a vivid image of French life in the 1600's. The religious lectures, gossip, and general thoughts and ideas of Madame Sévigné's letters were written with an unequivocal eloquence and humor; never disregarding the epoch's requisite formal etiquette of letter writing.


The Rhône-Alpes prides itself on its vast culture; the multitude of expositions and gatherings is a way of sharing this culture with others. All year long, you can partake in events including contemporary art, photography, medieval times, outdoor markets, haute couture shoes, lavender, hiking, wine, children, toys, and triathlons.


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Further France holiday excursion ideas:
Sporting Events
Picturesque Countryside
Discover a French Trade
Beyond the Rhône-Alpes

Le Crestet

Tournon Cemetery


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