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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...

Rochefort Romance - Les Demoiselles de Rochefort’

Rochefort Romance - Les Demoiselles de Rochefort’

Rochefort celebrates the works of a film-maker whose French cinema classic propelled the town to international Swinging 60s stardom.

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La Brenne - Land of a thousand lakes

La Brenne - Land of a thousand lakes

Chris Luck discovers the history behind the Brenne Regional Natural Park and how it became one of France’s most important wildlife habitats…

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Living Architecture - the roof over our head

Living Architecture - the roof over our head

A sound roof over our head is something we all need, and a traditional-looking one can be a thing of beauty – but how it’s constructed will vary, according to the style of what lies beneath it, and where you happen to live.

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Southern Comfort - visit the Côte d'Azur

Southern Comfort - visit the Côte d'Azur

If you long for a break in the sun, the good news is that you can now fly down to Nice and the Côte d’Azur direct from Limoges Airport.

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In profile: Angoulême

In profile: Angoulême

Over three thousand years after it was first settled by man, Angoulême still presents a striking outline, rising assertively above its limestone ramparts to survey the vastness of the fertile plains of la Charente and l’Anguienne which surround it. Draw closer, though, and it soon becomes clear that this is in fact not one town but two: the historic ville haute – referred to locally as ‘le plateau’ – and the larger ville basse, home to the sprawl of the industrial and commercial activities which have made this the administrative capital of the Département de la Charente...

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Taking off - Limoges Airport

Taking off - Limoges Airport

Each year well over 300,000 people pass through Limoges Airport, so we decided to drop in ourselves, for a look behind the scenes, and discover some of the reasons for its growing popularity...

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Living Architecture - the look

Living Architecture - the look

However appealing we might now find it, the way a place looks can actually owe as much to solid, down-to-earth practicalities as to any aesthetic considerations...

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Coasting Gently - exploring the Vendée coast

Coasting Gently - exploring the Vendée coast

We head for a quiet stretch of the Atlantic coast, where the Marais Poitevin meets the Vendée, for a gentle out-of-season amble...

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I feel good! Spas and Health treatments in Poitou-Charentes

I feel good! Spas and Health treatments in Poitou-Charentes

Not so long ago France’s thermal spas were all about physical health, offering curative treatments for a range of ailments, from relatively minor irritations to potentially life-threatening conditions...

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In profile: Tours

In profile: Tours

Appearances, as we know, can be deceptive. From the outside the official home of definitive spoken French might come across as just one more big, high-energy French city. But get to know the ancient heart which beats more calmly within and you’ll find that there’s a great deal more to this place than you would ever imagine...

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