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Meet ‘les Cagouilles’ - discover the Haute Saintonge

Meet ‘les Cagouilles’ - discover the Haute Saintonge

Nestled discretely between illustrious neighbours like Bordeaux, Saintes, Cognac and the rolling vineyards of the Medoc just across the Gironde, the Haute Saintonge area is certainly well located. Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer to visitors.

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Dinosaur Valley - Looking back in Angeac

Dinosaur Valley - Looking back in Angeac

You never know what might lie beneath your feet, as a rural community in Charente discovered when it suddenly found itself the proud possessor of Europe’s most important site of dinosaur remains.

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Poles Apart - Carrelets along the Atlantic Coast

Poles Apart - Carrelets along the Atlantic Coast

We celebrate a curiosity which has become a defining feature of the Atlantic Coast and its estuaries.

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On Environmental Lines - the impact of the LGV

On Environmental Lines - the impact of the LGV

Massive infrastructure projects inevitably have environmental impacts and with some 300km of new track, the Tours–Bordeaux Ligne à Grande Vitesse (LGV) has provoked controversy since its construction was first proposed. Chris Luck investigates...

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Les écluses à poissons - rock pooling in France

Les écluses à poissons - rock pooling in France

Situated just off the Atlantic coast, the islands of Oléron, Ré and Noirmoutier all have something unique - les écluses à poissons or fish locks. Chris Luck investigates this traditional method of catching fish dating back to the Middle Ages which has provided both local food and economic benefits.

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Harriers - Birds of the French plains

Harriers - Birds of the French plains

Wildlife expert Chris Luck examines the conservation efforts designed to protect three of our native harriers, all inhabitants of the local plains.

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Nikki Legon's Focaccia

Nikki Legon's Focaccia

Nikki says: "Each evening on arrival to dinner we would be served a lovely glass of cold Prosecco and warm focaccia."

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Sail of the century - Lafayette's frigate Hermione

Sail of the century - Lafayette's frigate Hermione

Rochefort’s newly completed replica of an 18th century frigate is preparing for sea trials before re-enacting an historic voyage which forged a link between France and the United States of America.

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Périgueux - At every turn

Périgueux - At every turn

As you'll discover, there's history at every turn, but the town can take some getting to know, and your best ally in making sense of it and being sure you don't miss any important sights is an awareness of how it all evolved..

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Carp fishing in France

Carp fishing in France

Ron Cousins shares the allure of carp fishing on a hot summer’s day...

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