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Stage 15 – Givors – Mont Ventoux (242.5km)

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 15 - Malaucene

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 15 – Malaucene

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 15 - Le Mont Ventoux

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 15 – Le Mont Ventoux

Towns & Villages:
Rousset-les-Vignes, Nyons, Mirabel-sur-Baronnies, Malaucene, Bedoin

Landscape:
Lavender fields, L’Eygues, Le Mont Ventoux

Other:
La Tour d’Alencon, La Tour Randonne (Nyons), Le Pont Roman (Nyons)

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Stage 14 – Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule – Lyon (191km)

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 14 L'Abbaye de Saint-Fortune, Charlieu

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 14 L’Abbaye de Saint-Fortune, Charlieu

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 14 - Le Chateau de Chatillon d'Azergues

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 14 – Le Chateau de Chatillon d’Azergues

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 14 - Place Bellecour, Lyon

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 14 – Place Bellecour, Lyon

Towns & Villages:
Semur-en-Brionnais, Saint-Julien-de-Jonzy, Charlieu, Valsonne, Les Ponts Tarrets, Chessy, Chatillon, Lyon,

Other:
Charlieu (Le Couvent les Cordeliers), Charlieu (Abbeye Saint-Fortune), Valsonne (L’Eglise Saint Romain), Le Chateau de Chatillon d’Azergues

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Stage 13 – Tours – Saint-Amand-Montrond (173km)

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 13 - Le Chateau de Genille

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 13 – Le Chateau de Genille

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 13 - Le Donjon de Loches

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 13 – Le Donjon de Loches

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 13 - Issoudun

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 13 – Issoudun

Towns & Villages:
Genille, Loches, Issoudun, Chateauneuf-sur-Cher

Other:
Le Chateau de Genille, Le Donjon de Loches, Le Collegiale Saint-Ours, Le Chateau de Chateauneuf-sur-Cher

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Stage 12 – Fougères – Tours (218km)

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 12 - Le Chateau de Bazouges

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 12 – Le Chateau de Bazouges

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 12 - Le Chateau de Villandry

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 12 – Le Chateau de Villandry

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 12 Canoe Course, Parc Honore de Balzac, River Cher, Tours

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 12 Canoe Course, Parc Honore de Balzac, River Cher, Tours

Towns & Villages:
Langeais, Villandry, Savonnieres, Tours

Landscape:
Le Cher (river & weir at Savonnieres)

Other:
Le Chateau de Durtal, Le Chateau d’Usse, Le Chateau de Bazouges, Le Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau, Le Chateau de Villandry, Le Pont de Langeais, Canoe course (Parc Honore de Balzac, River Cher, Tours), Tours Cathedral

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Stage 10 – Saint-Gildas-des-Bois – Saint-Malo (197km)

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 10 - Paimpont

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 10 – Paimpont

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 10 - Cancale

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 10 – Cancale

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 10 - La Pointe du Grouin

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 10 – La Pointe du Grouin

Towns & Villages:
St-Malo-de-Beignon, Paimpont, Dinan, Cancale, Saint-Malo

Landscape:
Etang de Paimpont, La Rance (River & Estuary), La Pointe du Grouin

Other:
L’Abbaye Notre-Dame de Paimpont, Le Chateau de Beaumont, Le Chateau de Lehon, Le Chateau de Chateauneuf, Le Fort de Guesclin

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Stage 7 – Montpellier – Albi  (205.5km)

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 7 - Les Orgues de Taussac

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 7 – Les Orgues de Taussac

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 7 - Le Chateau de Grandval

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 7 – Le Chateau de Grandval

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 7 - Albi

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 7 – Albi

Towns & Villages:
Saint Gervais-sur-Mare, Lacaze, Albi

Landscape:
Les Orgues de Taussac, La Montagne de Marcou

Other:
Le Chateau de Grandval

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Stage 6 – Aix-en-Provence – Montpellier (176.5km)

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 6 Les Baux de Provence

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 6 Les Baux de Provence

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 6 Tarascon

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 6 Tarascon

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 6 Aigues Mortes

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 6 Aigues Mortes

Towns & Villages:
Les Baux de Provence, Tarascon (sur Rhone), Aigues Mortes, La Grande Motte & Montpellier

Landscape:
Chaine des Alpilles (range of mountains with a weather station) & Aigues Mortes salt pans with pink coloured sea water

Other:
Camargue flamingoes

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Stage 5 – Cagnes-sur-Mer – Marseille (228.5km)

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 5 Brignoles

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 5 Brignoles

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 5 Le Bec de L'Aigle

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 5 Le Bec de L’Aigle

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 5 La Baie de Cassis

Tour de France 2013 – Stage 5 La Baie de Cassis

Towns & Villages:
Brignoles, Cassis, Marseille & Marseille Harbour

Landscape:
Le Lac de Carces, La Montagne de la Loube, Le Bec de l’Aigle & La Baie de Cassis

Other:
L’Abbaye du Thoronet

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Pech Merle Caves, Lot, France – Cave art – Hand imprint from the Prehistoric period

In Silence

Be still.
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
To speak your

Name.
Listen
To the living walls.
Who are you?
Who
Are you? Whose
Silence are you?

Who (be quiet)
Are you (as these stones
Are quiet). Do not
Think of what you are
Still less of
What you may one day be.
Rather
Be what you are (but who?) be
The unthinkable one
You do not know.

O be still, while
You are still alive,
And all things live around you
Speaking (I do not hear)
To your own being,
Speaking by the Unknown
That is in you and in themselves.

“I will try, like them
To be my own silence:
And this is difficult. The whole
World is secretly on fire. The stones
Burn, even the stones
They burn me. How can a man be still or
Listen to all things burning? How can he dare
To sit with them
When all their silence
Is on fire?”

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
An Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic and a Trappist monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky.  Merton was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as many essays and reviews, including his best-selling autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, once listed as one of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century.  Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding, pioneering dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama.

Pech Merle is a cave which opens onto a hillside at Cabrerets in the Lot département of the Midi-Pyrénées region in France, about 35 minutes by road east of Cahors. It is the home of one of the few prehistoric cave painting sites in France which remain open to the general public. Extending for more than a mile from the entrance are caverns the walls of which are painted with dramatic murals dating from some 25,000 years BC.  The area once had a great river flowing through it, cutting underground channels which were later used by humans for shelter and eventually for mural painting.  The walls of seven of the chambers at Pech Merle have fresh, lifelike images of a woolly mammoth, spotted horses, single colour horses, bovids, reindeer, handprints and some humans. Footprints of children, preserved in what was once clay, have been found more than half a mile underground. Within a six mile radius of the site are ten other caves with prehistoric art but none of these are open to the public. It is supposed that, at some point in the past, rain and sliding earth covered the cave entrances providing an airtight seal until the 20th century. The cave at Pech Merle has been open to the public since 1926 but visiting groups are limited in size and number so as not to destroy the delicate artwork.

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