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Summer Guide 2019

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La Rochelle - Royan - Rochefort - Fort Boyard - Ile de Ré  
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Say cheese! Goat's cheese production in Poitou-Charentes

Say cheese! Goat's cheese production in Poitou-Charentes

Bertrand and Monique Desjeux from Rétaud, Charente Maritime,are helping to keep the traditional Poitou-Charentes breed of goat alive, thanks to their flock of 40 chévres Poitevines...

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He sells seashells on the seashore - Hervé Gallet

He sells seashells on the seashore - Hervé Gallet

The Ile d'Aix is synonymous with the tradition of transforming seashells into mother-of-pearl. Here, we meet the last mother-of-pearl business left in France... 

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Ile de Ré - an island of treasures

Ile de Ré - an island of treasures

Donkeys wearing trousers, tasty new potatoes, kilometres of cycle paths and beaches- these are just some of the things that the Île de Ré is well known for. But there’s more. How about beached whales, escaped prisoners and picnics in grounded boats?

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Papin oysters - Yves a Jolly good fellow

Papin oysters - Yves a Jolly good fellow

Wide blue skies look down upon a strange landscape on the coastline opposite the Ile d'Oléron. The huge expanse of flat land is populated by hundreds of colourful wooden huts hugging the sides of water channels. This is Marennes- Oléron, the biggest oyster-farming area in France, and the home of Yves Papin 

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