We have compiled a selection of 10 most Halloween-style photos of France taken from our Instagram profiles. The season of Autumn gives the French countryside and towns a certain atmosphere we might call “spooky” which we tried to capture in these photos. The night between the 31st of October and All Saints’ Day is Halloween night and although the celebration is much followed in America, it has stayed very low-key in France.
1. Craffe Gate, Nancy (Lorraine)
The Craffe Gate (Porte de la Craffe) in the old town of Nancy used to be a prison and a torture chamber.
Read more about Nancy.
2. The chimeras of Notre-Dame, Paris
Brrr… better not mess with these fantastic creatures added by Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century (they did not exist during the Middle-Ages, sorry Walt Disney!)
Read more about Notre-Dame Cathedral.
3. The cliffs of Étretat (Normandy)
The towering cliffs of Étretat fall into the cold English Channel. You better not suffer from vertigo…
Read more about Étretat.
4. The Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte (Île de France)
The chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte was built by Fouquet, superintendent of Louis XIV, before Versailles. It is said that the French King was so jealous of Fouquet’s wealth he had him imprisoned and his castle confiscated. In this photo, Vaux-le-Vicomte appears unusually unwelcoming.
5. Place Stanislas in Nancy (Lorraine)
In this photo, the charming and elegant square from the 18th century shows an other aspect. No more visitors sitting on the terraces of cafés – Are they afraid?
Read more about Nancy.
6. Besançon (France-Comté)
The fortifications of the old town have been built on a large curve of the Doubs river. The town itself is surrounded by high steep hills on which have been built citadels and forts. We’re not far from Narnia-esque themes like Prince of Caspian.
7. Castelnaud Castle (Périgord)
During the Middle-Ages, the mighty English fortress of Castelnaud commanded the strategic position at the meeting of the Dordogne and the Céou Rivers, opposite the rival French castle of Beynac. The Hundred Years War have left many terrible scars to the region for many decades…
Read more about Castelnaud.
8. Crypt of St. Michel, Bordeaux (Aquitaine)
The crypt found under the Saint-Michel bell tower in Bordeaux was an ossuary. When the parish cemetery was turned into the Meynard Square, the bones and Saint-Michel mummies, found during renovation work, were reburied again in the Chartreuse cemetery.
Read more about Bordeaux.
9. Avignon (Provence)
When one thinks about Avignon in Provence, sun, lavender and holidays come to mind. Except that when we visited the Papal city, the sun did not welcome us.
10. Avignon (Provence)
This is anything but a romantic hotel where to spend memorable holidays in this beautiful corner of Provence. Right on the main street of the old town of Avignon, the façade of “Hôtel Central” is particularly non-inviting and looks more like a Dracula-type place.
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