There is a small, privately owned chocolatier in Trois Palis, just outside Angouleme, Poitou-Charentes. One of the staff will take you on a guided tour to show how all the different types of chocolate, nougat and sugar-based confectionery is made. Sampling is encouraged! Continue reading “Chocolatier at Trois Palis (50km)”
This is a traditional ceramics and pottery maker. The local area is famous for its clay (it hosts the largest tile factory in Europe at Roumazieres-Loubert). Continue reading ““Fire and Earth” Brigeuil (10 km)”
This dairy farm is open to the public and produces organic yogurts, white cheese and creme fraiche. Yum! Using traditional methods and their herd of 140 cows in 200 hectares this farm shop is well worth a visit for organic, traditionally made dairy products.
This festival takes place every August in Confolens and brings cultural acts from all over the world to participate alongside French shows. Continue reading “Festival of Confolens”
An adventure park suspended in the trees! With zip wires running out over the Lake Mas Chaban. Bungee jumping, rope bridges. 70 activities of varying difficulty. A great day out, but minimum height restrictions apply. Continue reading “Acrobranche, Massignac”
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”
“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”
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.