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Latest update : 2017-12-15

The legendary Swallow Line train in France's Jura region

France's eastern Jura region is a land of mountains and valleys. With its tall trees and winding roads, it bears a striking resemblance to Canada. Yet this region is full of history, notably for being the home of legendary microbiologist Louis Pasteur. To get around this rugged terrain, there is a special train, chugging along what's known as the "Swallow Line". It covers 120 km, taking in 36 tunnels and 21 viaducts and offering spectacular views along the way. FRANCE 24 takes you to see it.

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2018-01-18 France

The bookworms of France's National Library

France's National Library in Paris is a haven for both readers and researchers, who silently flick through its 14 million books. FRANCE 24 takes you behind the scenes to meet the...

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2018-01-10 France

The breathtaking Blue Line of France's Vosges mountains

We head to eastern France to discover the "blue line" of the Vosges mountains, running along the pre-1918 Franco-German border. It was named by the 19th century statesman Jules...

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2017-12-29 France

The spiritual side of Bourgogne and its wine

We head to Bourgogne, where we travel along the region’s so-called abbey road. For centuries, the Cîteaux and Cluny abbeys acted as centres for Christianity. The abbeys’ monks...

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2017-12-19 tourism

The island of Saint Helena, a top destination for Napoleon buffs

It's an island so remote that it takes a five-day boat ride from South Africa's Cape Town just to get there. But the voyage to Saint Helena is definitely worth it. This largely...

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2017-12-19 Italy

The Pointe Helbronner cable car: A bird's-eye view of the Alps

At the heart of the Italian Alps, flanked by Mont Blanc, the Skyway Monte Bianco has become the pride and joy of locals. Launched two years ago, this innovative cable car can...

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