Contribute something productive you reprobate!!

The leading English language magazine. Now covering Poitou-Charentes, Dordogne, Vendée and Haute-Vienne too!

Living magazine distribution map

Visit the Haut Val de Sèvre

Visit the Haut Val de Sèvre

We all feel the need to get away to a change of scenery, whether for a weekend or just a day, so here we visit the Deux-Sevres out of season.

Continue reading
2684 Hits

A Miller’s Tale - Le Moulin de Tintin

A Miller’s Tale - Le Moulin de Tintin

Just across the borders of Poitou-Charentes, on the outskirts of Saint Junien, lies a very special business owned and run by a charismatic British couple who combine entrepreneurial flair with an eye for style and value. You won’t believe half of what lies within le Moulin de Tintin.

Continue reading
7181 Hits

L’esprit du décor - Meubles Graham Barry

L’esprit du décor - Meubles Graham Barry

Meubles Graham Barry, located on the Charente and Charente Maritime border, are celebrating 10 years of supplying furniture, making this a perfect opportunity to visit them in their astonishing showroom and discover the secrets behind their success

Continue reading
5453 Hits

Festive fancies at La Demeure des Roses

Festive fancies at La Demeure des Roses

What was once a rather drab post office has been transformed into a must-visit boutique filled with beautiful things. And as Sandie George discovers, it’s all down to the vision of one woman…  

Continue reading
2524 Hits

Get away... Shop with a stopover for city buzz in Poitiers

Get away... Shop with a stopover for city buzz in Poitiers

When you feel a need to get away from it all, or simply feel like a change of scenery, there are plenty of options even in winter. Take a trip to Poitiers out-of-season to recharge your batteries... 

Continue reading
3474 Hits

Ambre Concept: a hidden jewel

Ambre Concept: a hidden jewel

Why not give yourself a pleasurable treat with a visit to Ambre? You’ll love savouring the original delights of this enchanting concept store situated in the centre of Cognac’s pedestrian zone. We visited in the run up to Christmas...

Continue reading
3450 Hits

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....

Continue reading
2779 Hits

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... 

Continue reading
7099 Hits

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... 

Continue reading
7325 Hits