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Angoumois

Between the Atlantic and the Limousin, the Angoumois has a history rich in civil and cultural heritage, religion and industry.

Up the high town is where we find the principal edifices : St Pierre's cathedral, the ancient Earl's castle, the residence St Simon. Nearby, St Michel's church, the chateaux of Balzac, Oisellerie, Fleurac, the ruins of La Couronne abbey are some ideas for pleasant outings.

The quality of the rivers and streams of the Charente encouraged the development of the paper industry. Two mills, in Puymoyen and Nersac, carry on the art of traditional paper making.

If the sports enthusiasts enjoy the lake at St Yrieix or the woodland walks, the curious won't miss visiting the source of the Touvre and the valley of Clear Waters.

The gourmet, however may prefer to visit the artisanal chocolate factory at Les Trois Palis.

To see : - Angoulême (the ramparts, St Pierre's cathedral, St Simon Residence, Paper Museum, river trips on the Charente river, International Cartoon Museum, Magelis, Pôle Image, tour of wall murals, the town hall, the covered market, St Andre's church, the theatre, the port of Houmeau...) - Balzac (the castle and home of Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, French language reformer) - Balzac, Brie, Champniers, Jauldes, Marsac, Mornac, Vindelle (marked for ramblers) - Brie : the great pit ("la grande Fosse") - La Couronne (ruins of an ancient abbey) - Magnac sur Touvre (the sources of the Touvre river) - Mouthiers sur Boëme (Magdalenienne frieze, Calvin's pulpit, public wash houses, manor house) - Nersac (Fleurac mill) - Puymoyen (artisanal paper mill du Verger, Clear Water Valley) - St Michel d'Entraigues (octagonal 12th century norman church) - St Yrieix, Gond-Pontouvre, Angoulême, Fléac, Linars, Nersac (the Green Run, an ancient towpath) - Trois-Palis (artisanal chocolate makers)