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Dordogne

Dordogne River at Beynac The department, which is the third largest in France, is to be found in the Aquitaine region in the south west of the country between the valley of the Loire and the Pyrenees.It is named after the Dordogne River which flows through the department from east to west. Dordogne consists of four of the original areas known as Perigord after the old county name – Le Perigord. The department is divided into four geographical parts.The Perigord Vert (green) is aptly named as it is an area of...

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Something Stirring in the Heart of Brittany

Valley of the Saints - Brittany Spring is a lovely time in Central Brittany. Big blue open skies illuminate the wonderful patchwork of green fields, glorious deciduous woodlands, rolling hills and stunning coastlines and beaches. Along the lanes the primroses are coming out on the well-kept grassy verges, the camellias are out in abundance and the trees will soon be bursting into new, vigorous growth in glorious shades of green.Yet Central Brittany remains one of the forgotten lands as far as many British visitors are...

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Ceret and the Vallespir

Ceret Rich in culture and tradition, vibrant and exciting, the Vallespir is an area of the Pyrenees Orientales just waiting to be discovered.This ancient land of Catalonia is a colourful mix of music, dance, art, food, rugby and warm generous people. There is a plentiful selection of villas and apartments in the Vallespir to suit every traveller and budget. Stretching east to west from the pretty town of Ceret to the walled town of Prats de Mollo, the valley is dominated by the snow-covered...

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Fumel

Fumel and The River Lot from Chateau de Fumel Fumel is a commune in the Lot et Garonne Department of south-west France. Sited on the River Lot, the town is 43 kms from the department capital, Agen. The area around Fumel consists of a lush rural landscape of rolling hills, orchards and picturesque villages. Its climate is warm and temperate with July being the month of lowest rainfall.Fumel can be easily accessed by the motorway network and is approximately 9 hours drive from the Channel ports. Bergerac airport is about an hour away...

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Agen

Agen The charming town of Agen is the capital of the Lot et Garonne department in south-west France. It has an enviable position close to the river Garonne on the plain at the foot of the Ermitage Hills. On account of the riverside location the area has been a site of human habitation dating back as far as the Neolithic era.The area enjoys a mild Oceanic – type climate with some high temperatures recorded during the summer months and July having the best sunshine record.Agen is truly a...

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Bergerac

Bergerac - Photo: Père Igor Bergerac is a picturesque commune in the popular department of the Dordogne in south-western France. Close to the Dordogne River, the town is famous, not least of all as the centre of the Bordeaux wine region with its selection of some of the finest vintages in France.The town is an important tourist destination with attractions that include museums, spectacular flower beds, a delightful old town and even two statues of the town’s famous namesake, Cyrano de Bergerac, hero of both the play...

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Lyon

Lyon Lyon is a captivating city for a visit, from its wonderful monuments and rich heritage to its fascinating museums and exceptional cuisine.With its established reputation as the French capital of gastronomy, food lovers will adore Lyon. Try such local specialities as cervelle de canuts, soft cheese with herbs, and petit salé, ham with lentils.With more than 1,000 restaurants in Lyon, France’s third largest city, you really will be spoilt for choice.Not only is Lyon the centre of...

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Sarthe

River Sarthe - Photo:Touzé Eric The Sarthe is a largely rural department in the north of the Pays-de la-Loire region. It is named after the River Sarthe which joins the Loire at Angers. Most of the population lives in the urban area around Le Mans with the remainder of the department being mostly agricultural in character.Being located within easy reach of the capital, The Sarthe enjoys good transport links with other parts of France and the UK. There are TGV routes to Sable-sur-Sarthe and Le Mans (just 54 minutes from...

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Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Gard The Department of Gard in Languedoc Roussillon Located in the South of France, the department of Gard is named after the River Gardon which runs through it. It is one of the 83 departments of France which was created during the French Revolution in 1790.People are known to have been living in Gard for over two millennia. Archaeologist have uncovered evidence of Neolithic occupation. However, the first recorded settlements date back to Roman times. The Via Domitia, the ancient road, built...

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The Historic Chateau Fontainebleau

Chateau Fontainebleau The Chateau Fontainebleau is one of the most impressive examples of French architecture in the country. First built as a Royal Hunting Lodge by Louis VII in the twelfth century, the chateau has played host to French monarchs and emperors ever since. It is the only royal chateau to be continuously occupied for over seven centuries in one form or another.Each has brought their own personal style and influence to bear on the design and layout of the buildings and gardens at Fontainebleau,...

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