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Independently minded - unique shops in Poitou-Charentes

Independently minded - unique shops in Poitou-Charentes

Faced with brutal competition from larger stores many small shops have gone out of business over the years, unable to attract enough
customers. But, as we report, some individual shopkeepers in the region are bucking the trend and continuing to thrive....

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Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

For beauty and a wonderful sense of calm and tranquility wander the paths of the award-winning Les Jardins du Chaigne...

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Farm to Fork in Charente

With the current food trend focusing on the idea of ‘Farm to Fork’, and with some supermarkets even putting pictures of individual farmers alongside their products, today the emphasis is definitely on good, locally grown food.

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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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Going back to my roots in Bassac, Charente

Going back to my roots in Bassac, Charente

Thanks to the foresight and dedication of retired French businessman and artist Roger André, the charming village of Bassac in Charente is well on the way to regaining the vitality it enjoyed in the 1950s...

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A bending fly rod and a leaping trout

A bending fly rod and a leaping trout

When spring arrives, Ron Cousins' thoughts – like any keen angler's during this season – turn to trout fishing. Read on to learn more about cultural references to this fish and to pick up his tips for successfully fishing trout in Poitou-Charentes...

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Are you being served? Nicolas Berthomet

Are you being served? Nicolas Berthomet

For an original surprise party, without having to rush around with all the preparations, why not call on Nicolas Berthomet's talents? Based in Angoulême, 'Events by Nicolas' takes care of all the fine details and leaves you to thoroughly enjoy a relaxing moment with your loved ones...

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Coté Art, Angoulême - Inspired by design

Coté Art, Angoulême - Inspired by design

If you’re looking for a special place to source decorations, the extraordinary Côté Art boutique in Angoulême is bound to fill you with inspiration... 

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The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

Grape harvest time seems to be the perfect moment to discover the smallest vineyard in France – and the top quality wines that Gontran Beaudoin produces by hand in the accompanying winery... 

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Gastronomades - calling all foodies

Gastronomades - calling all foodies

Every year foodies visit the capital town of the Charente to tickle their taste buds at the ‘Gastronomades’ festival

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