Gallo-Roman Influence around Pressignac

See the impact that Roman influence left on the shape of Pressignac

On the crossroads of ancient trade routes north and south.

Roman Burial Tumulus, La Motte A tumulus covering a 500 BC Chevalier’s burial, La Motte, Pressignac.

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Grotte de Villars

Grotte de VillarsAbout an hour south of La Croix Spa on the road towards Brantome, at Le Cluzeau is the Grotte De villars – a charming prehistoric cave complex with paintings, stalactites and even claw-marks of prehistoric bears! Continue reading Grotte de Villars

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Oradour Sur Glane

Martyred village - oradour sur glane

This is the martyred World War II village. On 10th June 1944 as the allies were advancing through northern France and more and more German units were being moved north, being fearful of a strong rear-guard action by the French resistance, the Waffen SS rounded up 642 men, women and children in this peaceful (non-resistance) town and brutally put them to death by fire and arms. Continue reading Oradour Sur Glane

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Brantome

Brantome “France’s Venice”, Brantome is a gorgeous canal-crossed town an hour’s drive south of us in the Dordogne. You can take a boat trip, see caves troglodites and have lunch in one of the many open air restaurants. A lovel day’s outing. Continue reading Brantome

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Chateau La Rochefoucauld

Chateau at La Rochefoucauld The Chateau at Rochefoucauld. Rather easier to digest than the chateaux in the Loire, as it is smaller, well restored and furnished and is still lived-in by the family. Well worth a morning’s visit – kids (of all ages!) can dress up in mediaeval costume for their visit. 
The town is also charming with good places to stop and eat.

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The Gallo-Roman baths at Chassenon

On an ancient crossroads of huge strategic value…

…See the largest Roman baths in Europe outside Rome!

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The Route Richard Coeur de Lion

Discover mediaeval castles in this region once occupied by the Plantagenet kings

“An archipelago of royal Plantagenet stay-places in a hostile aristocratic ocean”

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World War II memorials around Chabanais

Chabanais World War II sites of interest

Chabanais World War II sites of interest

The National association of former combatants and Friends of the Resistance have collated and commemorated a number of sites around Chabanais that were significant to the struggle of the Maquis (The Resistance) against the occupying German forces in World War II.

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The Rochechouart Meteorite

Also known as the “Astrobleme Rochechouart-Chassenon”

The Rochechouart meteorite is one of the 15 largest to hit the earth

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Memorial to the French Resistance at Chasseneuil

This memorial was erected in the forests where the “Maquis” dug in against the Germans. 2,026 members of the resistance and French army are buried in the cemetrery here. There is a small museum on site as well. Open all year round.

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