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Bibliothèque nationale de France, Néerlandais 3, detail of f. 18r

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Néerlandais 3, detail of f. 18r

The best cycling routes in France. Circuit de la Vallée de la Vienne (73 km) In the Vienne region of the Poitou Charentes , the fortified medieval town of Chauvigny, is the starting point of this circuit of the Valley of the Vienne river. Heading south towards Lussac-les-Châteaux you are travelling through an area rich in prehistoric sites with some findings dating back to 15000BC. Meandering back along the Vienne river, you cannot fail to be seduced by the magnificent Château de Touffou.

The best cycling routes in France. Circuit de la Vallée de la Vienne (73 km) In the Vienne region of the Poitou Charentes , the fortified medieval town of Chauvigny, is the starting point of this circuit of the Valley of the Vienne river. Heading south towards Lussac-les-Châteaux you are travelling through an area rich in prehistoric sites with some findings dating back to 15000BC. Meandering back along the Vienne river, you cannot fail to be seduced by the magnificent Château de Touffou.

A medieval view of Britain, one of four surviving maps by Matthew Paris, historian and cartographer at St Albans Abbey, [London, British Library, MS Cotton Claudius D VI, f. 12v]. It once belonged to a manuscript of the Abbreviatio Chronicorum of Matthew Paris, dating from the 1250s. Other maps of Britain by Matthew Paris in two other St Albans' manuscripts held at the British Library, Royal MS 14 C VII and Cotton MS Julius D VII, and in another at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MS 16).

A medieval view of Britain, one of four surviving maps by Matthew Paris, historian and cartographer at St Albans Abbey, [London, British Library, MS Cotton Claudius D VI, f. 12v]. It once belonged to a manuscript of the Abbreviatio Chronicorum of Matthew Paris, dating from the 1250s. Other maps of Britain by Matthew Paris in two other St Albans' manuscripts held at the British Library, Royal MS 14 C VII and Cotton MS Julius D VII, and in another at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (MS 16).

The Original Morris & Co - Scroll reflects William Morris's fascination with medieval book illustration and can be traced to the 1871 wallpaper design. Smaller in scale and more delicate than many of his other designs the gently meandering layout of leaves and marigold flowers on a clean background comes in a range of rich Morris colours.

The Original Morris & Co - Scroll reflects William Morris's fascination with medieval book illustration and can be traced to the 1871 wallpaper design. Smaller in scale and more delicate than many of his other designs the gently meandering layout of leaves and marigold flowers on a clean background comes in a range of rich Morris colours.

Detail of the "map of Paris" by Melchior Tavernier ca. 1630

Detail of the "map of Paris" by Melchior Tavernier ca. 1630

Sarlat, France Lovely meandering streets winding up and around to new adventures waiting to unfold.

Sarlat, France Lovely meandering streets winding up and around to new adventures waiting to unfold.

You have arrived at the beautiful city of Thun Switzerland.  As you meander through the medieval city center you round the corner to find the beautiful river that flows though it.  Here we find the classic covered bridge providing postcard perfect photo opportunities.  It was raining on an off but still a great visit.

You have arrived at the beautiful city of Thun Switzerland. As you meander through the medieval city center you round the corner to find the beautiful river that flows though it. Here we find the classic covered bridge providing postcard perfect photo opportunities. It was raining on an off but still a great visit.

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