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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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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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High Time - The Pyrénées

High Time - The Pyrénées

Whether you’re a confirmed skier, or simply feel like getting away, a break in the mountains could be the perfect way to beat those winter blues... 

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On Reflection - Visit Brantome in Dordogne

On Reflection - Visit Brantome in Dordogne

We recently visited the Vallée de la Dronne to discover the fascinating story of Brantôme – one of northern Dordogne’s star attractions... 

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The Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux

The Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux

There’s nothing quite like the sparkle of city lights to shake off the winter blues. Nola d’Enis takes this opportunity to explore the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux…

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Escape to the Ile d'Aix and the Ile Madame

Escape to the Ile d'Aix and the Ile Madame

If you feel like heading over to the coast, you don’t have to stop there – there’s nothing quite like a little island escapism for getting away from it all and lifting the spirits...

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Ocean breeze - a day out in Rochefort

Ocean breeze - a day out in Rochefort

Rochefort was purpose built to become France’s greatest military port – today it’s an outward looking town just waiting to be rediscovered... 

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Atlantic effect - La Palmyre Golf Club

Atlantic effect - La Palmyre Golf Club

Even a non-golfer would consider this something of a dream location – and if you happen to be a golfer, then it’s obviously a very nice place indeed to be able to refer to as your club. Which makes it all the more surprising that it first opened its doors as recently as 2009... 

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Get away...explore Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

Get away...explore Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

We all feel the need to get away to a change of scenery, whether for a weekend or just a day, so here we explore the Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

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Get away...visit the Ile de Ré out of season

Get away...visit the Ile de Ré out of season

When you feel a need to get away from it all, or simply feel like a change of scenery, there are plenty of options. Out of season, the Ile de Ré can be perfect place to escape to...

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