Les Fresques de Bel Air in Chartres, France

Despite being an hour away from the tourist magnet of Paris, the town of Chartres has a famous cathedral that ensures it gets its fair share of tour buses. But beyond the well-trodden pathways around the small historic town, there's something that few non-locals get to enjoy.

The facelift of a post-war government housing estate could have been just as boring as that sounds, but the Frescoes of Bel Air are quite amazing. In 2008, city-endorsed artists began transforming the apartment...

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