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“A genteel step into the past” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Winter Town (Ville d’Hiver)

Winter Town (Ville d’Hiver)
old district, Arcachon, France
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Arcachon
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Tonbridge
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A genteel step into the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

Reached by a lift with amazing arty entrance, this park offers lovely views of the sea and Arcachon. Shady, pretty and well set out it is a relaxing place to chill out.

Visited June 2014
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Lyon, France
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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“A visit back in Time.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Hundreds of Belle Epoque to Art Deco houses, scattered amongst lush gardens or parks, some grand, some a bit decayed, each different in shape, style or color from the next one. One can eassily get lost in the streets or alleys, it's a very pleasant part of the city, lots quieter than the busy seafrnt. Good walking tours of the area from the tourist office, very informative.
An old metal tower (could have been a "prototype" for the Eiffel Tower...) on top of the hill allows a beautiful view of the town and coast.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“back in the 19th century”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

beautiful mansions, and litlle curvy street meant to protect you from the winter chilly winds, not to be missed when visiting Arcachon

Visited August 2012
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Milan, Italy
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“Nice Town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

300 houses all over the area, nice! Every house has the the NAME like the boats!!! It would be better if the villas were opened, but they are all owned!

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Grand period architecture - holiday homes from the past”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

The Ville D'Hiver is full of grand holiday homes built in the 19th century for the rich and famous of Europe. The style of architecture is unique, and each property has its own charms. If you are interested in architecture (and having a nose at other peoples homes!), the district is worth a visit, either by foot or car.

Visited September 2012
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