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The Ancient Town of Périgueux

Périgueux is a picturesque town in the Dordogne region of France. Popular with day-trippers, the town has a wealth of cultural attractions and offers many scenic, leisurely walks. Easily accessible by car or public transport to those staying in the gites of the Dordogne , Périgueux is a must-see for anyone interested in history or with a fondness for French culture and cuisine. The main sights of Périgueux are all easily walkable and you'll get to see lots of historical buildings and picturesque views as you move from one attraction to the next. One of the town's main attractions is the Vesunna Gallo-Roman museum with its spectacular glass-covered courtyard. The museum house... Read more

The Regional Food of Alsace and Lorraine

The picturesque towns and villages of the neighbouring regions of Lorraine and Alsace make this part of France the perfect holiday spot for those who prefer to spend their days out exploring their surroundings rather than lying on a beach for a week or two. All that sightseeing can make you hungry, though, so it's a good job the region is also known for its excellent cuisine and wine. If you're staying in a gite Lorraine and Alsace offer countless chances to sample the local dishes in eateries ranging from tiny village cafes to high-end restaurants.Alsace CuisineAlsace cuisine is unique in France and is heavily influenced by the fact that the region borders Germany. The most... Read more

An Introduction to the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is one of the most "French" regions of France. Situated in the western part of the country, it has been the setting of many of the most important historical events to take place in France over the centuries. If you're thinking of staying in one of the many Loire Valley gites, you'll find this fascinating region has more than enough attractions to keep you occupied during your holiday. A must-see attraction for most visitors to the region is the Chhteau de Chenonceau. Located near the village of Chenonceaux, the castle dates back to some time before the eleventh century. Although the original castle was burnt down in the fifteenth century, it was rebuilt shortly ... Read more

The ideal Languedoc beach for families: Argells-Plage

Languedoc has more than its fair share of stunning beaches but if you are a family with children, it is hard to beat Argells-Plage. If you are lucky enough to be staying in one of the countless gites in Languedoc this summer, grab your beach towel and head for this seaside paradise. Not far from Perpignan and Le Boulou, the beach is popular with locals and holidaymakers alike and provides a friendly, fun atmosphere for families.Boasting over six miles of golden sands, Argells-Plage has space for everyone. Although the busiest parts get crowded in summer, if you head north, you will find a beautiful undeveloped beach and plenty of peace and quiet. This part of the beach backs... Read more

The stunning Limouisin Town of Uzerche

Uzerche is a small but beautiful town located in the Correze department of the Limousin region. Uzerche is often described as "the pearl of Correze" and, once you're lucky enough to spend a bit of time in this picturesque town, you'll see why. With only 3,200 inhabitants, the town is small enough to retain a village charm and enjoys a beautiful setting on the VVzzre River. The surrounding countryside is lush, green and tranquil, making a trip into Uzerche the perfect day out for those staying in one of the many rural gites in Limousin.The town has an incredibly rich heritage and many of its historical buildings remain today. Sections of the 13th Century ramparts that originall... Read more

Brittany's Inter-Celtic Festival

The largest celebration of Celtic culture in the world takes place in the Brittany city of Lorient every August. If you're lucky enough to be staying in one of the many gites in Guebernez, Dinan, Morbihan or any other Brittany area at the time of the festival, it's well worth a visit to join in the celebrations. The festival lasts for ten days and this year runs from the 2nd to the 11th of August. Performers, artists and spectators from all Europe's Celtic regions flock to Lorient to celebrate, entertain or just soak up the atmosphere. This year, there are countless performers from Britain, including Rivers, Gria, the Keltica Highland Dancers, Kemper Celli and many, many more. S... Read more

The Auvergne City of Limoges

Limoges is the capital of the Auvergne region and is probably most famous for its ceramic production. Situated on the river Vienne, the city is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in history, art or culture. The birthplace of the painter Auguste Renoir, Limoges has strong artistic links and this is apparent throughout this fascinating and attractive city. If you're staying in a French gite, you'll probably arrive in Limoges by car. Don't miss the fantastic Benedictins Station, though. Its Art Deco stained glass windows are stunning and, along with other architectural features, make this one of the most beautiful train stations in Europe. The Bishops' Palace Museum displays ... Read more

Eating out in Nantes

The Pays de Loire city of Nantes was recently named one of the most 'liveable' cities in Europe and if you pay a visit, you will see why. Awarded the title of 'Green Capital of Europe' by the European Commission, Nantes is known for its biodiversity large number of green spaces and excellent and environmentally friendly public transport system. There's another reason to visit, though. Nantes has some excellent restaurants, cafes and bistros, so if you are staying in a gite Pays de la Loire, take advantage of your proximity to this lively city and enjoy a meal out or two. Brasserie La Cigale ( visit site ) Probably the best-known eaterie in Nantes, this traditional brasserie is f... Read more

Aquitaine's open farms

For those who love the French countryside or just cannot get enough delicious local produce, the open farm network of Aquitaine is not to be missed. The Bienvenue la Ferme organisation is going from strength to strength and welcomes thousands of happy families every year. A network of around 1,000 farmers throughout the region work alongside each other to provide unforgettable experiences on working farms. There are currently 655 farms in Aquitaine which are open to visitors and each offers a unique experience. If you are staying in one of the many rustic gites in Aquitaine, be sure to schedule in a day or two at your nearest members of the farm network. Some farms are open all ... Read more

A day at Moet & Chandon

As one of the most famous champagne producers, Moet & Chandon's name is known all over the world. If you are staying in one of the rustic gites in Champagne, you will no doubt want to pay a visit to at least one producer of this most luxurious and decadent drink. Moet & Chandon offer a polished experience and provide a fascinating insight into the history and traditions surrounding champagne. The cellars at Moet are the largest in the entire Champagne region and cover over 17 miles. On a visit to Moet you will get to explore the atmospheric cellars yourself. The cellars are located some 10 - 30 metres underground and the temperature remains consistent all year round. Lev... Read more

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