Hear about journey to the Charente area of southwest France because the Novice Traveler talks to Kylie Lang from LifeInRuralFrance.com about her adopted dwelling.
The Charente area, a part of Nouvelle Aquitaine in southwest France, is thought for its charming sunflower fields, historic chateaux, and wealthy historical past. Guests to the Charente can discover picturesque vineyards, style world-renowned cognac, and bask in contemporary oysters. The area hosts each day markets providing contemporary produce all year long, offering an genuine style of French life. Its quaint villages seem nearly frozen in time, creating a way of stepping again to the fifteenth century.
Eleanor of Aquitaine, a distinguished historic determine, performed a big position on this area. She was the one girl to be queen of two nations, France and England. The Charente, which was beneath English rule for about 300 years, now has a various neighborhood of English-speaking expatriates.
Angoulême, one of many notable cities within the Poitou Charente area, sits on a hill with historic roots relationship again to Roman instances. The town is often known as the European capital of comics, internet hosting an Worldwide Comedian Pageant yearly. It options spectacular murals and a widely known car race.
Kylie suggests exploring the Resort de Ville, which presents insightful excursions about its historical past, and strolling town’s ramparts. Angoulême’s strategic location permits quick access to Bordeaux, which is slightly below 90 minutes away. Bordeaux, also known as the capital of wine in France, offers a fantastic day journey alternative. Guests can discover the Cité du Vin, a contemporary wine museum providing immersive experiences and a panoramic view of Bordeaux. She additionally recommends the bizarre Bassins des Lumières which is a digital artwork museum in an previous German submarine base.
Cognac, one other jewel within the Charente’s crown, is famend for its historic significance and world-famous cognac homes reminiscent of Hennessy, Martell, and Remy Martin. Kylie recommends the Hennessy tour, a three-hour expertise that delves into the cognac-making course of, and a river cruise to witness the scenic fantastic thing about the area.
The Chateau Royal de Cognac, constructed within the eleventh century, presents historic insights and a glimpse into the previous. Cognac additionally hosts occasions just like the Blues Pageant, attracting big-name musicians and making a vibrant environment.
Transferring towards La Rochelle, it was a big port and stronghold for the Knights Templar and later for the Huguenots. The town is called the “jewel of the Atlantic coast” and presents historic websites just like the towers of Saint Nicolas and La Chaîne. La Rochelle has a vibrant maritime historical past that influences its current identification as a preferred vacationer vacation spot.
The islands of Île de Ré and Île d’Oléron, linked by bridges, are identified for his or her oyster and salt beds. These islands have beautiful seashores, making them good locations for seaside lovers.
Kylie mentions the Battle of Excursions, a pivotal occasion throughout the Center Ages which occurred exterior Poitiers. Poitiers additionally has connections with Eleanor of Aquitaine and presents historic websites such because the Palace du Duc, which is now the native courts.
Futuroscope, positioned close to Poitiers, is a digital theme park that gives a novel and futuristic expertise. It’s dwelling to varied thrilling rides and points of interest. Moreover, the Valley of the Monkeys (Vallée des Singes) close to Poitiers is a 44-hectare reserve the place monkeys roam freely. The park presents an up-close expertise with varied monkeys and primate species.
Aubeterre-Sur-Dronne is a picturesque village with a captivating monolithic church referred to as the Eglise Saint-Jean. The church, carved right into a limestone cliff, showcases outstanding historic craftsmanship. The village is classed as one of many “Plus Beaux Villages de France,” recognizing its scenic magnificence and historic significance.
Kylie recommends a go to to La Rochefoucauld Chateau, a historic chateau open to the general public. The chateau has a wealthy historical past, and the La Rochefoucauld household was intently linked to royalty and was concerned in World Battle II resistance. The chateau encompasses a spiral staircase, mentioned to be designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
If you find yourself consuming in an area restaurant, strive a “plat de jour” for a value-packed meal. Additionally, strive the native goat’s cheese which is a specialty of the Charente and an sudden bonus from the Battle of Excursions. Along with making an attempt cognac, she additionally recommends Pinot de Charente, a fortified wine within the area, which is akin to port or sherry.
Kylie encourages guests to discover the beautiful landscapes of sunflower fields and revel in cognac, pinot, and the distinctive environment of line dancing.
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Eleanor of Aquitaine
Circuit des Remparts
Cité du Vin
Bassins des Lumières
Journey to Bordeaux, France – Episode 536
Bordeaux Metropolis Cross
Hennessy Cognac Excursions
Chateau de Cognac
Cognac Blues Passions Pageant
Towers of l. a. Rochelle
Aquarium La Rochelle
Museum of protestant historical past in La Rochelle
Battle of Excursions
Palace of Poitiers
The Satan’s Staircase
Les Archives (restaurant in previous Abbey)
Abbey of Montierneuf
Futuroscope theme park
La Vallée des Singes
The underground church of St. John – Aubeterre-sur-Dronne
Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean of Aubeterre, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne
La Rochefoucauld, Charente
Robert de La Rochefoucauld
Chez Steph (La Rochefoucauld)
Chocolaterie La Pichotte
Jeux de Pots, Verteuil-sur-Charente
The Mill of Verteuil
Pineau des Charentes
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