It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in France🎄we’re getting in the mood and have already put up our Christmas lights at the house ready for the season.... even the small villages decorate their streets in lights and host various festivities.
The Cognac region and its signature spirit has a long, dramatic history, dating back to the 3rd century, involving many nations, merchants, kings, aristocrats; natural catastrophes, wars and cold winters. Despite all this, the product has improved in quality and popularity, century after century.
With the approach of national bike week in June (bikeweek.org) if you’re hoping, or at least tempted, to do some cycling in France, we can’t fault you, it’s an excellent choice! When it comes to cycling, France has few equals; magnificent open countryside and towns/cities where cyclists are greeted warmly and treated with great respect by motorists, making the experience a real joy.
Plan d’Eau la grande la prairie is a perfect family day out for visitors to les vieilles ombres, particularly during the summer months. http://www.angouleme-tourisme.co.uk/1291-plan-d-eau-de-la-grande-prairie Arrive at the very large car park (suitable for all vehicles including trailers ) and walk directly onto the lakeside, where the boating house is. (Dogs to be kept on the lead). The boating and sailing school is open in the summer months.
Although the Caribbean and other exotic places are associated more with diving experiences, there is much to be seen closer to home. The father of modern scuba diving, Bordeaux born, Jacques-Yves Cousteau developed the first independent regulator, the ‘Aqualung’, in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For this reason, France is considered the birthplace of scuba diving.
Think of France and our minds instantly turn to the country's infamous love affair with food and drink. A long lunch is the norm and the enjoyment of good food is considered the right of everyone. In Cognac, Poitou-Charentes and Charente Maritime, there is a truly amazing variety of local specialities.
If you’re looking for a bit of spring bank culture in South West France, consider La Charente Maritime and the Cognac region. There’s always plenty of opportunity to absorb the rich history of the regions wine, food and cognac brandy at the many ancient chateaus, vineyards, markets and official tours around distilleries and ancient cellars.
For couples looking for the ultimate romantic break, in perfectly picturesque surroundings, look no further than our one bedroom couples gite at les Vieilles Ombres. If you’d like to experience the romance of Charente, this beautiful south west region of flowing French countryside captures the hearts of poets, artists, cyclists, walkers and especially lovers.
Introducing the Clark family, the new owners of an established 19th century collection of rustic French Gites, tucked prettily away in one of the regions oldest villages. Welcome to Les Vieilles Ombres, the Old Shades, now part of the Clark Family estate.