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La Rochelle - Royan - Rochefort - Fort Boyard - Ile de Ré  
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Visit Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente

Visit Saint-Savinien-sur-Charente

From time to time even the most well-behaved waterways can become a little wayward, and the Charente is no exception. As if to prove a point, it divides abruptly beside the village of Saint-Savinien (17), one half following a graceful natural meander while the remainder takes a direct, canal-style shortcut, resulting in a semi-circular island known as l’Ile de la Grenouillette. As we’ll see, it has proved to be a useful asset in recent years.

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Rochefort Romance - Les Demoiselles de Rochefort’

Rochefort Romance - Les Demoiselles de Rochefort’

Rochefort celebrates the works of a film-maker whose French cinema classic propelled the town to international Swinging 60s stardom.

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In profile: Royan

In profile: Royan

Discover Royan. A casual glance at the map shows an intriguing location at the mouth of the Gironde, the southernmost point before true coastline gives way to western Europe’s largest estuary...

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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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A Feast of an Island - food producers on the Ile de Ré

A Feast of an Island - food producers on the Ile de Ré

Stretching lazily amid the Atlantic Ocean beyond the slender toll-bridge tail connecting it to the mainland, the Ile de Ré offers the perfect opportunity for indolent days of sunbathing and cycling, or fine dining... 

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Turning The Tide - Part 1 of our Charente River trip

Turning The Tide - Part 1 of our Charente River trip

Like all great waterways, La Charente is a living being and makes an entertaining travelling companion as Roger Moss discovers...

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