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I visited the French city of Lyon some time ago for purposes outside this blog. To my surprise this visit turned out to be very interesting. I must admit I knew nothing of Lyon and because of my reasonable extensive knowledge of the French renaissance I did not expect to find anything truly interesting concerning this period in time.

How wrong I was!

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We all know Henry VIII as intelligent but cruel, Francis I as flamboyant, Catherine de Medici as shrewd and so on. Most 16 century personalities have fixed characters, at least so our high school text books and popular culture will tell us. But when it comes down to Mary Queen of Scots there seems to be no fixed agreement on her character. Some of us think her to be a frail weak creature who made a series of very doubtful decisions. Others portray her as a smart, stout woman with little luck and an impossible task. Some texts claim her to be as important as Elizabeth I or Catherine de Medici, while others point out how she never actually ruled and only gained significance because of her son James VI & I.

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Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the All Saints church door in Wittenberg exactly 500 years ago in 2017. Germany commemorates this fact with festivities ranging from expositions to concerts and much more. You can wait another year, but if you want to beat the crowds you might want to consider visiting Germany this summer. The German National Tourist Board has created a truly superb website on which you can map out your own tour following the footsteps of Luther and his quest to start the Reformation. You can find it here 

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If you want to experience music in the same ambiance as did the French king Francis I visit the beautiful castle of Chambord this summer.  From the 1st  of July till the 16th  the annual festival of Chambord takes place. With a combination of renowned artists and upcoming talent one might enjoy a sweltering evening in what is the most beautiful renaissance castle according to many. With classical and contemporary pieces there is something to be found for everyone.

Check out www.chambord.org for more information

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