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The banks of the Charente

The banks of the Charente

Raising a glass on the banks of the Charente is becoming a tradition for Ron Cousins…

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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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Talk of the Town - Rouillac

Talk of the Town - Rouillac

In each issue we highlight a town in the region to help you get to know the area. Here we visit Rouillac in Charente…

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P - PINEAU

P - PINEAU

As you drive through any of the country lanes in the Poitou-Charentes region, especially through those flanked by rows of vines, you will undoubtedly see signs, often hand-written, for ‘Pineau’ or ‘Pineau des Charentes’...

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Monique Chatenet - Expert of the Charente gastronomy

Monique Chatenet - Expert of the Charente gastronomy

We meet Monique Chatenet to discuss the Charente’s unique gastronomic traditions…

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Croc’ of Gold

Croc’ of Gold

Forget caviar and even truffles – the world’s most precious food item turns out to be saffron, surprising quantities of which are produced right here on our home soil...

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Travelling Light - exploring without a car

Travelling Light - exploring without a car

The long summer holidays are nearly upon us, and with them come visitors. Helen Millar suggests how they (and you) can enjoy the region independently without it costing an arm and a leg… 

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Visions of Eden - 3 beautiful gardens to visit in the area

Visions of Eden - 3 beautiful gardens to visit in the area

As we launch into summer, everything in the garden will soon be starting to look at its best. Roger Moss visits some very special places to give a little timely inspiration... 

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Talk of the town - La Rochefoucauld

Talk of the town - La Rochefoucauld

Thinking of moving?  Here we visit La Rochefoucauld in Charente (16)... 

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Paying Homage - 250 years of Hine

Paying Homage - 250 years of Hine

The historic port of Jarnac celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the most British of fine Cognac houses: Thomas Hine & Co... 

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