visites

all the photos on this site are mine or from friends. 

 

Why don't you come and visit Charente? 

Enjoy the comfort of a great flat in the city centre of Angoulême.

I. The Flat 

II. Angoulême, Charente and around

III. Special Events

 

 

 I. The Flat

The façade on Boulevard René Chabasse

This is the main living area: a living room and a dining room (see below)

 

 
 You can sleep comfortably 3 people in the two bedrooms (but the sofa above is also convertible).
One bathroom with a shower and washing machine/dryer
The kitchen is small but has a regular oven, a microwave and dish washer. The induction plates are very efficient. There's a large fridge and freezer as well. 

 

 

A computer with internet access will be available in the study, and you can see how large the flat is, looking at the corridor.

 

 The views from the third floor are quite amazing.

The flat is right next to a church that was partly hit during WWII, therefore the strange architecture.

The view towards the old city center
 
the farmers' market is at the end of the street everyday but monday, with more local producers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
 
Really picky?
Then get to pick your own vegetables at the local farm!
 
 

 II Angoulême, Charente and Around

 Charente is the name of the river and the "département" where Angoulême is located, right at the centre of it. (map below)
Angouleme is very close to many attractions, such as the wine countries of Bordeaux, St Emilion, Cognac, and Bergerac in Dordogne. It is also close to Limoges and the Atlantic Coast (1h30 driving, 2 hours on a train). Thanks to the TGV (the famous high speed train) Paris is 2h30 away.
There are trains directly coming from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.

 

 

The Plateau as it is called where the historic district is.
Around the town hall dating back for its older part to the 12th century, are gathered restaurants and cafés,
and the theatre too.
Of course, Charente is famous for its romanesque churches and the cathedral is an impressive example of it. 
Almost feeling like you're in Italy, right?
 
The range of shopping possibilities is wide, from antique stores to contemporary design, or second hand clothing stores to brand names in the famous Galleries Lafayette.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gastronomy !!!!!!!!!! 

 

Lolmède started in 1889 a tradition for macarons that delights angoumoisins (inhabitants of Angoulême)
and all the tourists that come to the bakery and tearoom to have a cup of tea or coffee.
At the Letuffe chocolate factory, you can learn how to make chocolate thanks to their workshops,
or just enjoy the visit.
 
Whether you want to drive or be driven, there is a cruise for you on the Charente.
 

 
 
 
Not far from Angoulême:
 
Of course, you have heard of the famous Cognac, but a specialty of the region is Pineau, made from the same type of grapes, and easier to drink (not as strong). 
 
 
Charente has many villages with beautifully renovated farms and mills, some still working as above in Verteuil. The  chateau gives a solemn look to the village. Me at a renovated convent which serves "high tea" to the visitors. Many British people have second homes in Charente.
 
 

La rochefoucauld: the historic town is 20 minutes away. The family of La Rochefoucauld has lived for a thousand years in this castle.

 
 
 Aubeterre sur Dronne is the village in Charente who won the label "most beautiful village" .
It boasts one of the few churches that were built underground. A very solemn and impressive atmosphere 
with parts dating back to Roman times.
 
The other monolithic church is in the famous St Emilion village, in the heart of the Bordeaux Region, only 1h30 away from Angoulême.

 
 
 
 
Around Charente:
Bordeaux: the cathedral and the banks of the River Garonne. Listed on the UN world heritage.

 

 

Bordeaux is a classical town with most of its buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th century. But it is a highly modern city as well with its great tramway system and ambitious bridges.
 

 
 
 
 
The Atlantic Coast: the islands of Ré and Oleron near La Rochelle are quite famous and have become really trendy, home of many stars. 
La Rochelle: the famous French Huguenot port is the start of many historical walks; but you can also choose a cruise to the islands or rent a bike to ride the scenic bike paths; you will see the famous "filets carrelets" to catch shrimp and the oyster farms.
The Landscape is spectacular.
 
On the way to the sea, you can also visit a castle.
 

And more castles !!!

Tours is 1h35 away with the high speed train.
It is the city where you can start a tour of the Castles of the Loire, built by François I under the guidance of Leonardo da Vinci. 
 

 
 
 
III. Special Events
 
There are many museums: Of course a Beaux Arts Museum, but also 2 unique museums specific to the region: The Museum of Paper and the Museum of Comics.
Angoulême welcomes people from all over the world during the famous International Comics Festival the last week of January.
The Mascot of the festival. Hundreds of people line up to have their albums signed by artists and cartoonists.
The CIBDI welcomes Art Spiegelman, president of the festival in 2011
 
 
 
Another popular event is the "Circuit des Remparts", taking place the third week of September, when old race cars take over the city's historical district.
 

 

This a a race! Not a joke.
 
Remember the cartoon "Wacky Races"?
 
 
Not into cars but more interested in art?
The last 10 days of September
Try the festival of photo-reporting in the small village of Barro:
Barrobjectif