"The Concours des villes et villages fleuris ("towns and villages in bloom competition") is a contest organized annually in France which aims to encourage communes to adopt and implement policies that improve the quality of life of their inhabitants and enhance their attractiveness to visitors through the provision and maintenance of green spaces and the enhancement of their natural environments. Successful communes are awarded the right to display a badge (showing from one to four flowers) on road signs and in other local promotional material.
The competition was created in 1959 by the French state and it is administered by a distinct national committee since 1972. This committee is still linked to the Ministry of Tourism. All the French communes can take part and there are no application fees. There is not any limitation to the number of awarded communes, so they are not in competition between each other." I saw the most beautiful roundabouts in France.
"The Church of Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux is a former church, today partly ruined, located in the old city center of Caen. In 1944, it was hit by a shell aimed a column of German tanks which was parked in the vicinity. The Nave was in large part destroyed. Since this date, the Church has not been the object of restoration work. Its state of conservation is therefore not opened to the public." Wherever we are, the horrible NS- past of the German history is remembered as you will see tomorrow, too.
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