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Stunning views, sandy beaches, historic châteaux, vibrant cities - however long you plan to stay in the region there is plenty for you, your family and visiting friends to do. Recently recognised by Lonely Planet as one of the Top Ten Regions of the world to visit, it's easy to see why and we show you how to make the most of your time here...

The Rail Thing - railway journeys to remember

The Rail Thing - railway journeys to remember

You don’t have to spend your life going on great railway journeys to be passionate about trains - for many of us it’s in our blood.

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Corsica: A world apart

Corsica: A world apart

We all know that France already offers some of the very best of the finer things in life, so where, then, do the French choose to spend their precious summer holidays? While the traditional mass migration down the A7 ‘Autoroute du Soleil’ to the Côte d’Azur still continues each August, those in search of a more exotic experience have another option, with the added allure of island escapism: Corsica.

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Making it write...tips from author Julia Stagg

Making it write...tips from author Julia Stagg

In preparation for our writing competition, we asked best-selling author Julia Stagg for her advice on putting pen to paper for the first time…

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On your marques - a weekend in Bordeaux

On your marques - a weekend in Bordeaux

Bordeaux, the dynamic capital of Aquitaine, offers a welcome shot of city buzz, particularly if you need some seasonal shopping inspiration...

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Living Architecture: Gothic Novel

Living Architecture: Gothic Novel

If you’ve ever gazed in awe at a lofty medieval church or cathedral interior and wondered how it can possibly remain upright, wonder no more...

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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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Winter Sun & Snow - skiing the southern French Alps

Winter Sun & Snow - skiing the southern French Alps

Being based in SW France has its advantages, not least the chance to visit sensational mountain areas which can seem too distant for most UK based skiers. Roger Moss explores the southern French Alps...

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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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Perfect peace - Visiting the Lot Valley

Perfect peace - Visiting the Lot Valley

Few things are quite as rewarding as following a river through deepest France and, for simple natural beauty and relaxed leafy seclusion, the Lot valley is unsurpassed

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Visiting Le Jardin de Fortran (86)

Visiting Le Jardin de Fortran (86)

Roger Moss visits an inspirational private garden in the south Vienne

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