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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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Once upon a Château - visit the beautiful town of Richelieu

Once upon a Château - visit the beautiful town of Richelieu

A fortified town created during the 17th century once possessed the crowning glory of French châteaux. The Revolution claimed the château, but much of the landscaped parkland remains, along with the remarkable town of Richelieu...

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Melle Arboretum - A trail of leaves

Melle Arboretum - A trail of leaves

 Autumn golds and russets are guaranteed at this original arboretum in Melle, Deux-Sèvres, where a botanical visit takes you on a 7km walk around the edge of the historical town with its restored washhouses, fountains and Romanesque churches...

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Cycling for oysters

Cycling for oysters

Come the festive season the oyster becomes a prized specimen, an intrinsic part of any Christmas or New Year feast. But despite living in France for many years Helen Millar had never eaten one – until she spent a day in the Marennes...

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Visit the Marais Poitevin, our Green Venice

Visit the Marais Poitevin, our Green Venice

For a cool day out head to the fascinating emerald waterlands of the Marais Poitevin where you can hire a boat or simply enjoy the relaxing atmosphere…

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Great Lakes of Poitou-Charentes

Great Lakes of Poitou-Charentes

Why not visit one of the many beautiful lakes in Poitou-Charentes? They offer plenty of opportunities to swim, boat, fish and generally enjoy splashing about in water and are a welcoming change to the busy beaches in summer. Ron Cousins shows us the best across the region...

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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - one of the most beautiful villages in France

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - one of the most beautiful villages in France

There are about 32,000 villages in France and just 151 of them are given the accolade of being one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. With its red-tiled roofs, steep cobbled streets and typically French town square lined with linden trees. it's easy to see why Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in the south of the Charente has been designated as one of the most beautiful villages in the country.

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Discover the Remarkable gardens of Poitou-Charentes

Discover the Remarkable gardens of Poitou-Charentes

Our beautiful region counts 13 gardens boasting the coveted 'Jardin Remarquable' quality label, an award earned by gardens that have that something special to distinguish them from the wealth of other heavenly gardens open to the public. Stéphanie Bérusseau, garden correspondent for the Rendez-Vous Aux Jardins event within the Poitou-Charentes Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles (DRAC), tells us what's special about each one...

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Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Visit Coulon at the heart of the Marais Poitevin - a unique day out for all the family...

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Bressuire Highland Games - discover the celtic traditions

Bressuire Highland Games - discover the celtic traditions

Tossing the caber and throwing a stone in the heart of the Deux-Sèvres? You’d better believe it! For the town of Bressuire has become the focal point of the Highland Games and Scottish culture in France ...

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