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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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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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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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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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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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Full cycle - exploring the Thouet valley by bicycle

Full cycle - exploring the Thouet valley by bicycle

While trunk road improvements and a new high-speed rail line make their marks on the local landscapes a quieter, greener revolution in transport is also taking place, as Roger Moss discovered... 

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Escape to the Ile d'Aix and the Ile Madame

Escape to the Ile d'Aix and the Ile Madame

If you feel like heading over to the coast, you don’t have to stop there – there’s nothing quite like a little island escapism for getting away from it all and lifting the spirits...

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Get away...explore Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

Get away...explore Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

We all feel the need to get away to a change of scenery, whether for a weekend or just a day, so here we explore the Marennes Basin and the Ile d’Oléron

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Melle Arboretum - A trail of leaves

Melle Arboretum - A trail of leaves

 Autumn golds and russets are guaranteed at this original arboretum in Melle, Deux-Sèvres, where a botanical visit takes you on a 7km walk around the edge of the historical town with its restored washhouses, fountains and Romanesque churches...

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