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In profile: Angoulême

In profile: Angoulême

Over three thousand years after it was first settled by man, Angoulême still presents a striking outline, rising assertively above its limestone ramparts to survey the vastness of the fertile plains of la Charente and l’Anguienne which surround it. Draw closer, though, and it soon becomes clear that this is in fact not one town but two: the historic ville haute – referred to locally as ‘le plateau’ – and the larger ville basse, home to the sprawl of the industrial and commercial activities which have made this the administrative capital of the Département de la Charente...

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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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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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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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Living experiences : CHOCS AWAY

Living experiences : CHOCS AWAY

If you’re a chocaholic (or happen to be attached to someone who is) then here’s something unashamedly indulgent to chase away even the bluest of winter blues...

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Being Reza

Being Reza

International celebrity chef Reza Mahammad recently wowed Indian food-lovers in southern Charente with a dazzling Indian cookery workshop – and, in May 2013, he opened a brand new cookery school right here. We caught up with him just before the launch, and fell under the spell, too... 

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To The Heart of Things...Part 2 of the River Charente trip

To The Heart of Things...Part 2 of the River Charente trip

Roger Moss continues his relaxed journey beside the Charente, against the flow, all the way to the river’s source...

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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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Domaine d’Excellence - discover Boisbuchet

Domaine d’Excellence - discover Boisbuchet

Drive through the sleepy village of Lessac on your way to Confolens and you may think you are one of only a handful of visitors each year to this pretty Charente village set back off the main roads. But follow the small blue signs to the Domaine de Boisbuchet and within minutes you enter one of the region’s best kept secrets, a world of cutting-edge design accompanied by the persistent murmur of teams of international students creating, building, designing and experimenting…

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Romanesque Reflections - the amazing churches of the region

Romanesque Reflections - the amazing churches of the region

Without doubt, one of the delights of the region are the Romanesque churches that decorate even the smallest village. The thrill of turning a street corner and seeing artistry that dates back hundreds of years can stop you in your tracks and make you wonder at the history behind these gems. Martin Cole explains how for him and his wife Maggie, this wonder turned into a journey of discovery ...

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