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Cycling for oysters

Cycling for oysters

Come the festive season the oyster becomes a prized specimen, an intrinsic part of any Christmas or New Year feast. But despite living in France for many years Helen Millar had never eaten one – until she spent a day in the Marennes...

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Chips with every train on the Ile d'Oléron

Chips with every train on the Ile d'Oléron

What happens to all that oil your frites are cooked in? If you’re on Ile d’Oléron, finds Rebecca Lawn, it becomes fuel to drive the island’s major tourist attraction...

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Discover Jonzac

Discover Jonzac

Visit the historic capital of the Haute Saintonge in the heart of the Poitou-Charentes region....

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Casks and cannons

Casks and cannons

In September you may be lucky enough to spot an unusual sight on the roads in Charente and Charente Maritime: a series of horse-drawn carts accompanied by people wearing 18th-century costumes. Read on to find out what this is all about…

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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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Cooking with Christopher Coutanceau

Cooking with Christopher Coutanceau

At the renowned Richard and Christopher restaurant in La Rochelle you'll be treated to the gastronomic talents of chef Christopher Coutanceau and sommelier Nicolas Brossard.

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Discover La Rochelle natural history museum

Discover La Rochelle natural history museum

La Rochelle's natural history museum has an amazing 10,000 exhibits in its 2500 square metres of halls spread over 5 levels. Mixing zoology and ethnology, the museum is full of intriguing delights – including a wealth of exotic mounted animals – and it makes a great day out for all the family as Teresa Hardy finds out....

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He sells seashells on the seashore - Hervé Gallet

He sells seashells on the seashore - Hervé Gallet

The Ile d'Aix is synonymous with the tradition of transforming seashells into mother-of-pearl. Here, we meet the last mother-of-pearl business left in France... 

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Ile de Ré - an island of treasures

Ile de Ré - an island of treasures

Donkeys wearing trousers, tasty new potatoes, kilometres of cycle paths and beaches- these are just some of the things that the Île de Ré is well known for. But there’s more. How about beached whales, escaped prisoners and picnics in grounded boats?

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