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‘2600 Years of History. Honfleur - Mediterranean – Monaco’
Adapted from the book & Created Specially For Television

Portraying many of the greatest events that have shaped the world today. A Journey through History Commencing 600 BC

We have researched, developed, written, photographed and compiled an extremely lavish illustrated book regardless of expense which runs to some 400 pages of in depth material portraying a journey from the Channel coast at Honfleur to Monaco on the Mediterrean. Covering a vast number of important historical events that we have most carefully chosen to illuminate in a fast paced and entertaining manner a multitude of spellbinding and exciting moments in time, many of which have contributed to the shaping the world that we live in today. As of this moment in time there is no other single volume which contains such an all encompassing reference for those interested in exploring the famous trade and military routes dating back into the mists of time, to which we have devoted a very substantial investment in time and money. The book has been written specifically as a platform for a major documentary historical television travelogue series to be progressed in the manner of a ‘grand tour’ for international distribution.

The journey is to be undertaken linking all the chosen locations driving the only Jaguar Sports Saloon built for a private client at the factory under the auspices of the late Sir William ‘Bill’ Lyons founder of Jaguar. The car was created specifically for motoring down to the Cote d’Azur and for Alpine mountain driving. We have had the car entirely dismantled and rebuilt totally regardless of cost for this television series.

Our journey begins at the mouth of the River Seine Estuary during the period 600 BC when the Phocaean Greeks of Asia Minor had been forced to find refuge at Lycadon Creek a large inlet on the Mediterranean coast on near the mouth of the River Rhone. Here they founded Masallia (Marseilles) from whence their great fleet set out across the Meditteranean and Atlantic in search of trade as far as Iceland in the North and down as far South as Senegal on the West Coast of Africa. The Phocaeans sailed up The Channel to trade for valuable minerals with the tribes who followed streams of silver, tin, copper and most important of all smelted bronze in the Western Peninsula of Britain throughout what is now Cornwall and Devon. These regions were recently designated as World Heritage Sites by Unesco during the summer of 2006.

The chosen route features the creation of the Park & Gardens created by Louis XIV at Versailles, Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte built by Fouquet the Finance Minister to Le Roi du Soleil who unwisely sought to eclipse Versailles.The Rennaisance jewel Fontainebleau, created by the greatest Rennaisance king in Europe, Francios Ist a contemporary of Henry VIII of England. Onward through Chablis where Julius Caesar defeated the Gauls, down to Burgundy through the vineyards of the Emperor Charlemagne. Featuring the Great Dukedom of Medieval Burgundy and the famous ‘Arguement without reply at Dijon’. Into the Valley of the Rhone and up into the awesome natural fortress of the Vercors, redoubt of the Maquis. On to Valence to follow in the footsteps of Hannibal up the Valley of the Drome through the Queyras to Italy.

Exploring the great mountain passes and ancient trade routes that run through the Alps between the Rhone and Italy joining the Mediterranean with Northern Europe. Portraying a history of Provence, the French Riviera, Cote d’Azur, Alpes Maritimes, Monaco and the spellbinding Route Napoleon.

We have had the support of some of the most famous names in France without whom we could never have created this unique property which we are proud to present to you for your valuable consideration.

© Copyright John Halsey .

We are now seeking commercial partnerships to bring this high value property to fruition. We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your kind and valued attention.