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Characterful corners in the hamlet of
La Gravelle














Summer sunshine in the owners' courtyard next door to the Gite











A Hoopoe rests on the garden furniture
photo Peter Hanrahan












After many generations here the Collared Doves are now almost tame











Colourful Cosmos abound in the potager













Ready to leave for the Circuits des Remparts classic car event at Angouleme, where every street and square has interesting cars on display.
Read more about the old hilltop town of Angouleme
here.






A short video of our entry in the Angouleme Circuits des Remparts 2016 Club Rallye
see our Special Offers for a 10-day bargain in September

Circuits des Remparts



Geraniums frame the Gite courtyard
















A 'brocante' (part antique fair, part car boot) at nearby Matha











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Characterful brocantes abound - these are from nearby Le Gicq and Varaize


St Jean d'Angély

















Around St Jean d'Angély, the nearest town









 
The annual plant fair

Christmas lights























 

Saturday market

Saintes, about 25 minutes away has an historic Abbey and town center and magnificent Roman remains and amphitheatre Click here for more details of this lovely town.































Cognac needs no introduction - about half-an-hour away it has beautiful achitecture and
fascinating tours of the distilleries

photo Peter Pangbourne











Winter sunshine on the Charente

Cognac_BoatTraditional Charentaise working boat

 
Christmas gifts in the
window and blue
skies in the
reflection















Coffee in the square a few days before Christmas


Less well known is the 'Marais Poitevin', the Venise Verte or Green Venice. Just outside the large town of Niort (read more about Niort here) the area of waterway-strewn marsh has attractive villages where you can hire the traditional punts. Coulon is pictured here.














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