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Try Waterskiing!

Just 12minutes away is Planet Ski…

Wine Not?

The corks will be popping in Bordeaux on 1 June when Cité du Vin opens its doors.

River Trips in Cognac

The heavy gabares (flat bottomed boats), loaded with stones from Saint Même les Carrières or weapons made in Ruelle or eaux-de-vie from Cognac, used to go down the Charente river to the sea from where they returned loaded… Read More

Bas Plein-Air Cognac

8 hectares of playing fields in an idyllic riverside setting is perfect for a fun day out. With a great open air cafe there is plenty to eat and drink but also many places to picnic quietly and… Read More


Here is a link to a great article on Angouleme. A New City for Your Travel List: Angoulême, France

Roman France

General Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa was entrusted by Octavian to subdue and reorganise the Gauls.

Video of Poitou-Charente

Roman Amphitheatre in Sainte

The town of Sainte, 15 minutes from Cognac, is home to another great Roman amphitheatre.

At the end of the Via Agrippa, an ancient road from Lyon in eastern France, Sainte is the capital

The Good Ship Hermione

Rebuilding Lafayette’s frigate in the town of Rochefort.

Circuit Des Remparts

It’s not just Monaco that transforms itself annually into a road racing heaven: the city of Angouleme is also transformed each year at the International Circuit des Remparts.