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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!

France – Dordogne Region

There’s much more to France than simply Paris, wine, churches and a beautiful language. For those intrigued in venturing off the well-beaten path, Dordogne is a department (region) found in the south-west and named after the river that runs through it. … Continue reading

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France – Bordeaux

When you think of Bordeaux, you instantly think of wine. Ever since the Romans introduced it to the region in the mid-first century, it has become the world’s major wine industry capital.For us, while we love a decent tipple, this … Continue reading

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Luxembourg

Luxembourg? Where’s that? It’s tucked in between France, Germany and Belgium. It might be a small landlocked country, but it is one of the three official capitals of the European Union. And it’s a wealthy country; a tax haven. The … Continue reading

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France – Strasbourg to Metz

One of the best things about having family in other countries, is you can visit places that most tourists would not bother with or even know about at all. Heading due west towards the German border took us into the … Continue reading

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France – A Maiden Journey

Of course, there’s more to France than just Paris.We took the train due east to the historical and cultural province of Lorraine (yes, of the quiche variety). Andrew’s aunt lives just out of the main city of Nancy. Liverdun is a quiet riverside … Continue reading

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France – Palace of Versailles

Who couldn’t love Paris, right? Well it seems the King of France, Louis XIV (known as Louis the Great) didn’t like the capital so much. So he began moving the government in 1678 to his father’s, Louis XIII, hunting lodge … Continue reading

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France – Paris – Lost in Paris

There are many ways to see Paris. Museum-hopping, church-skipping, cafe-dawdling, wine-sampling, garden strolling… Paris is a big place. Easy to get lost. Not that that’s a bad thing.For a more direct route though, one could follow the Paris Meridian. It’s … Continue reading

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France – Paris – Stroll to the Eiffel Tower

Standing out the front of the Louvre is the Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel, a triumphal arch built between 1806 & 1808 to commemorate Napoleon’s military victories. Walk through the arch and Jardin des Tuileries (Tuileries Garden) is amazingly laid out … Continue reading

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France – Paris – The Louvre

Everyone has heard of The Louvre. If you haven’t, then go and watch The Da Vinci Code movie, then come back. Try not to let the modern glass Pyramid that dominates the entrance courtyard distract you from the grand Louvre … Continue reading

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France – Paris – Notre Dame

There is an island in the middle of Paris formed by the meanderings of the Seine River. As early as the 2nd century it was first inhabited by the Gauls parisii, and the island became the centre of ancient Lutetia. … Continue reading

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