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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...

From Millstones - La Réserve Naturelle du Pinail

From Millstones - La Réserve Naturelle du Pinail

Chris Luck takes a look at an extraordinary area which since 1980 has been the first, and only, State Nature Reserve in Vienne (86)…

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High Time - The Pyrénées

High Time - The Pyrénées

Whether you’re a confirmed skier, or simply feel like getting away, a break in the mountains could be the perfect way to beat those winter blues... 

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Croc’ of Gold

Croc’ of Gold

Forget caviar and even truffles – the world’s most precious food item turns out to be saffron, surprising quantities of which are produced right here on our home soil...

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Saffron growers in the region

Saffron growers in the region

Find your local saffron grower in the region...

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Sky high: Flying in south west France

Sky high: Flying in south west France

If you love the freedom of the open roads of France then you’re not going to believe what the open skies have to offer – and getting up there could be easier than you might think... 

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On Reflection - Visit Brantome in Dordogne

On Reflection - Visit Brantome in Dordogne

We recently visited the Vallée de la Dronne to discover the fascinating story of Brantôme – one of northern Dordogne’s star attractions... 

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Walk on the Wild side with Centre de Soins de la Faune Sauvage Poitevine

Walk on the Wild side with Centre de Soins de la Faune Sauvage Poitevine

For many of us the variety and abundance of local wildlife is one of the joys of the region. But what happens to the injured and sick animals? Chris Luck visits Lydia Bourdeau, the founder of the Centre de Soins de la Faune Sauvage Poitevine, to find out about the Centre, its work and the challenges it faces... 

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Sensational Domaine de Chaumont

Sensational Domaine de Chaumont

Looking for inspiration? We profile one of France’s most influential annual garden events – an international affair which we’re fortunate in having almost on our doorstep... 

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Great Lakes - Haute-Charente

Great Lakes - Haute-Charente

Going to the beach doesn’t have to mean driving all the way to the coast, as we discovered when we visited the Lacs de Haute Charente, midway between Angoulême and Limoges... 

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Travelling Light - exploring without a car

Travelling Light - exploring without a car

The long summer holidays are nearly upon us, and with them come visitors. Helen Millar suggests how they (and you) can enjoy the region independently without it costing an arm and a leg… 

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