Limousin

Limoges Ancient City with a Remarkable History

Written by on December 13, 2015 in Limousin
Limoges Ancient City with a Remarkable History

There has been a city where Limoges now stands, for thousands of years. The Romans settled there, finding a sunny hill that was well drained with a river close by. They built villas and baths, an amphitheatre and all the mod cons of the day. Some remains are still there. The birthplace of Renoir and home […]

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Aubusson Tapestry Town Limousin

Written by on May 19, 2015 in Limousin
Aubusson Tapestry Town Limousin

Aubusson is famous the world over though not for its picturesque town with winding narrow streets, lovely architecture, pavement cafés and quirky shops or the glorious countryside that surrounds it. Aubusson is known for its tapestries and carpets, for this is where a remarkable industry has operated for six centuries. History of Aubusson Tapestry It is […]

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The Biggest Strawberry Tart in the world!

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, French Cuisine, Limousin
The Biggest Strawberry Tart in the world!

In France, strawberries are adored – in fact they even claim to be responsible for the popularity of the delicious red fruit! The common woodland strawberry was known in Roman times and grown in Europe since early days but it was much later that the sweet red strawberry will know today was cultivated. In France […]

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Oradour-sur-Glane France, Lest we forget

Written by on October 30, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, Limousin
Oradour-sur-Glane France, Lest we forget

I visited Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limousin region many years ago. The town is known as the village of the martyrs, a sad memorial to it’s tragic past and the atrocity that took place there on 10 June 1944… I had been camping along the Atlantic Coast on my way to a rugby match at Nontron. […]

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Going Potty for Porcelain in Limoges

Written by on October 29, 2014 in French Style, Limousin
Going Potty for Porcelain in Limoges

Walk anywhere in Limoges and you can’t fail to be aware of the town’s reputation for making some of the best porcelain in the world. Shop windows galore are filled to the brim with teapots, vases, cups and sauces and the accoutrements of tableware… Porcelain in Limoges I popped into the premises of Bernadaud, one […]

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Turenne France

Written by on January 30, 2014 in Limousin, Readers Photos
Turenne France

Turenne, Correze in the Limousin region is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France (by Les Plus Beaux Villages de France group). Turenne is a popular tourist destination thanks to its rather unique position on top of a cliff. What makes this so unusual and so spectacular is the sheer height – […]

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Expats open a gite in Limousin and start a new life in France

Written by on May 10, 2013 in Expats in France, Limousin with 0 Comments
Expats open a gite in Limousin and start a new life in France

  How two Brits met and changed their lives with a move to France… Chris was a veteran of 30 years in the Metropolitan police, running his own outdoor activity business specializing in mountain biking, walking and climbing, father to three grown-up children and mentor to many more. Charlotte was a classic single “Social Butterfly”, […]

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Strawberry Festival, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Limousin

Written by on February 27, 2013 in Festivals and Carnivals, Limousin with 0 Comments
Strawberry Festival, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Limousin

Each year on the second Sunday of May, the pretty town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne in the Limousin region hosts a very special feast open to everyone – the feast of the strawberry! For a whole day the strawberry is celebrated in grand style and attracts visitors from near and far. A market, artisans and craftsmen set […]

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Grand Designs French House|Deni and Doug become TV stars

Written by on October 10, 2012 in Expats in France, Limousin, Renovating in France with 0 Comments
Grand Designs French House|Deni and Doug become TV stars

  Deni Daniel and Doug Ibbs became TV stars in 2004 when having bought a house in France off the internet  – see our introduction To the Manoir Born Part I and Part II – they were filmed for UK TV’s Grand Designs series rebuilding the wreck of Chez Jallot in Creuse in the  Limousin region. […]

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To the Manoir Born | Running a gite business in France

To the Manoir Born | Running a gite business in France

  Denise (Deni) Daniel and Doug Ibbs purchased a house in the Creuse Region in Limousin, France. They had found it while browsing the internet on a whim and two days after they first saw it, they flew out from the UK and bought it on the spot. In part I of their story we […]

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