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The leading English language magazine. Now covering Poitou-Charentes, Dordogne, Vendée and Haute-Vienne too!

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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...

Visions of Eden - 3 beautiful gardens to visit in the area

Visions of Eden - 3 beautiful gardens to visit in the area

As we launch into summer, everything in the garden will soon be starting to look at its best. Roger Moss visits some very special places to give a little timely inspiration... 

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Think green - about playing golf in the region

Think green - about playing golf in the region

With seemingly endless wide-open spaces and an agreeable climate, it’s hardly surprising that the Poitou-Charentes region and surrounding area are home to a thriving golf community. Join us as we find out more... 

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The Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux

The Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux

There’s nothing quite like the sparkle of city lights to shake off the winter blues. Nola d’Enis takes this opportunity to explore the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux…

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Back to the land - smallholders of the region

Back to the land - smallholders of the region

Poitou-Charentes has its fair share of smallholders and small-scale producers, so we decided to profile five of the talented and hardworking people who have managed to transform their dreams into a practical reality. They all have entertaining stories to tell, and if you’ve ever dreamed of setting up a smallholding then their experiences will inspire you, and perhaps help you on your way... 

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Paying Homage - 250 years of Hine

Paying Homage - 250 years of Hine

The historic port of Jarnac celebrated the 250th Anniversary of the most British of fine Cognac houses: Thomas Hine & Co... 

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On The Road Again - motorsport across the region

On The Road Again - motorsport across the region

In a big country, where the time-worn phrase ‘freedom of the open road’ still has real meaning, it’s hardly surprising that people manage to find interesting ways of heading off and enjoying it in style... 

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New year, new skill…hobbies for all

New year, new skill…hobbies for all

If one of your new year resolutions is to take up a creative or sporty hobby, then read on to disocver what you can do in the Poitou-Charentes. But first our Wheelbarrow Gardener Trevor Bridge explains how he and his wife Jocelyn came to take up painting and open their own art gallery… 

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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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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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Magnum Opus - visit William Christie's stunning garden

Magnum Opus - visit William Christie's stunning garden

We travel to the fertile plains of southern Vendée, to discover an extraordinary garden whose owner has devoted over thirty years to creating a world apart and who, for a few short weeks each summer, opens its doors to astonished visitors. 

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