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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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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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Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - one of the most beautiful villages in France

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - one of the most beautiful villages in France

There are about 32,000 villages in France and just 151 of them are given the accolade of being one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. With its red-tiled roofs, steep cobbled streets and typically French town square lined with linden trees. it's easy to see why Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in the south of the Charente has been designated as one of the most beautiful villages in the country.

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Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Coulon - capital of the Marais Poitevin

Visit Coulon at the heart of the Marais Poitevin - a unique day out for all the family...

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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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Stress-free in Saujon

Stress-free in Saujon

Far enough from Royan to be unaffected by the summer surge of tourists, the little spa town of Saujon in the Charente-Maritime is blessed with tranquility. Yet under its peaceful air there is an agreeable buzz of activity, even in the middle of winter…

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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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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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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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