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Stunning views, sandy beaches, historic châteaux, vibrant cities - however long you plan to stay in the region there is plenty for you, your family and visiting friends to do. Recently recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the Top Ten Regions of the world to visit, it's easy to see why and we show you how to make the most of your time here...

Freewheeling in SW France - cycle routes not to miss!

Freewheeling in SW France - cycle routes not to miss!

Here in SW France we’re blessed with country roads and dedicated cycle paths just perfect for day rides and weekend cycling. Lynette Eyb has some ideas to get you started…

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Living Architecture - Windows and shutters

Living Architecture - Windows and shutters

So far we’ve looked at why the basic structures of our traditional homes look the way they do. We now turn our thoughts to windows & shutters, which not only keep things dry and secure, but can also add a touch of style.

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Le Tour de France 2014 heads to Dordogne

Le Tour de France 2014 heads to Dordogne

On 25-26 July the Dordogne will host two key stages of this year's Tour de France – here's how to get in on the action. 

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Howzat! Cricket clubs across the region

Howzat! Cricket clubs across the region

Life is good here in France, but some things have a habit of gnawing away in the background, ready to hit the nostalgia button just when we least expect it. We meet local cricket fans who have set up their own clubs...

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Visit Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente

Visit Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente

From time to time even the most well-behaved waterways can become a little wayward, and the Charente is no exception. As if to prove a point, it divides abruptly beside the village of Saint-Savinien (17), one half following a graceful natural meander while the remainder takes a direct, canal-style shortcut, resulting in a semi-circular island known as l’Ile de la Grenouillette. As we’ll see, it has proved to be a useful asset in recent years.

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Visiting Montsoreau (49)

Visiting Montsoreau (49)

We visit a beautiful riverside village with a classic Loire Valley chateau and monthly flea markets on the riverbanks.

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Living Architecture: Supporting Cast - architectural ironwork

Living Architecture: Supporting Cast - architectural ironwork

What do you give the building which has everything? Simple: the finishing touches which make things not only liveable, but more interesting, too.

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InProfile - discover Limoges

InProfile - discover Limoges

World famous for fine porcelain and ceramics, the dynamic capital of Limousin has other, less obvious, qualities well worth discovering.

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History Revealed - using the local archives

History Revealed - using the local archives

Helen Millar explores the local archives to find out just what can be learned from the documents and photographs stored so carefully…

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Royal Preserve - discover Loches (37)

Royal Preserve - discover Loches (37)

Around 40km southeast of Tours, the historic town of Loches rises from a once strategically important rocky spur on the banks of one of the Loire’s most significant tributaries, the Indre.

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