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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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Take a Walk on the Inside - Victor Hugo, Angoulême

Take a Walk on the Inside - Victor Hugo, Angoulême

In the first of an occasional series on getting off the beaten track, Helen Millar extols the delights of Angoulême’s Victor Hugo, a quartier most people pass by...

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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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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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Stress-free in Saujon

Stress-free in Saujon

Far enough from Royan to be unaffected by the summer surge of tourists, the little spa town of Saujon in the Charente-Maritime is blessed with tranquility. Yet under its peaceful air there is an agreeable buzz of activity, even in the middle of winter…

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Get away... Shop with a stopover for city buzz in Poitiers

Get away... Shop with a stopover for city buzz in Poitiers

When you feel a need to get away from it all, or simply feel like a change of scenery, there are plenty of options even in winter. Take a trip to Poitiers out-of-season to recharge your batteries... 

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Visit Mornac-sur-Seudre - a jewel in Charente-Maritime

Visit Mornac-sur-Seudre - a jewel in Charente-Maritime

The medieval village of Mornac-sur-Seudre needs no second chance to make a good first impression. White painted houses, masses of hollyhocks and narrow inviting streets leading away from the impressive 14th century market place live up to their promise - you stop at almost every step towards the harbour to take in the surroundings.

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A Grand Day Out in Thouars

A Grand Day Out in Thouars

Nestled in the plains of the Deux-Sèvres lies Thouars, the northernmost town of the department, only 15km from neighbouring Maine and Loire. Its geographical position means that it is little known further south, yet this town of 10 000 inhabitants holds an abundance of interesting surprises...

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Medieval mission - a visit to Parthenay

Medieval mission - a visit to Parthenay

The rural plains and valleys of central Deux-Sèvres are full of historical secrets, and one of the best is the ancient heart of Parthenay...

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Explore Angles sur l’Anglin

Explore Angles sur l’Anglin

Designated one of the most beautiful villages in France, Angles sur l'Anglin is found in the north of the region, a short drive from Poitiers. Explore the 11th century ruins and enjoy the spectacular view from this hilltop settlement...

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