New Aquitaine

Bordeaux is the capital of this vast and multifaceted southwest region that stretches along the Atlantic coast from La Rochelle to Basque Country (Barritz) and inland to the departments of Charente (Cognac, Angoulême), Haute Vienne (Limoges, former capital of the historic regions of Limousin), Creuse (Aubusson), Corrèze, Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne, and numerous vineyards along the way.

Oradour-sur-Glane, street - Michael Esris

The Silence of Oradour-sur-Glane

As Elisabeth Esris walks the charred and shattered streets of Oradour-sur-Glane (near Limoges) with other visitors the uniformity of silence is remarkable. This is not a place for conversation or expletive even though each step leads to palpable savagery.
Hermione, Rochefort

Rochefort: Ships, Shipyards and Seafarers

As a former naval and shipbuilding town once surrounded by marshland, Rochefort can’t stake a claim to quaint streets, charming strolls or photogenic vistas. But nearly a hundred years after the closing of its naval shipyard, the town has played its historical cards in such a way as to make this an attention-grabbing, off-circuit destination.
Sylvie Deschamps, Begonia d'Or

Sylvie Deschamps, France’s Master Artist of Gold Embroidery

An interview with Sylvie Deschamps, France's Master Artist of gold embroidery and director of the Bégonia d'Or workshop in Rochefort, an upriver port town in western France. Includes demonstration video.
Conservatoire du bégonia (c) Patrick Rose

The Begonia Conservatory: Without Rochefort There Would Be No Begonias

The town of Rochefort in western France, best known for its historic naval dockyard, is home to Europe’s most important collection of begonias, which is to be expected given that there would be no begonias (or magnolias or fuchsias) were it not for Rochefort. An explanation and a visit.
Tools of the trade of Aubusson tapestries

Aubusson Tapestries: Weavers, Spinners, Dyers, Cartoonists and the Cité Internationale

The International Center of Aubusson Tapestry represents far more than a pat on the back to the history of tapestry-making in the Creuse region. It also reaffirms and encourages the continuity of know-how for the entire branch of tapestry-related activities in Aubusson, Felletin and elsewhere in Creuse.
Rauzan chateau and vineyards-GLK

A Joyful Walk in the Bordeaux Vineyards of Rauzan

In which the author takes part in a joyful musical wine and food walk through vineyards in the Entre-Deux-Mers zone of the Bordeaux winegrowing region organized by the Caves de Rauzan wine cooperative. Article includes a France Revisited video of the event. Rauzan's next "promenade gourmande" takes place on June 12.

Fish-Skin Leather Artisan Brings Siberian Tradition to Dordogne

Hidden in the Dordogne hills on a narrow street of the village of Fanlac, Janet Duignan discovers the marriage of ancient Siberian tradition and European craftsmanship in Kristof Mascher's fish leather handbags, belts and cases.

In Dordogne: A Winter’s Woodcock Tale

One wintery day in Dordogne, Janet Duignan spots a woodcock foraging in the backyard, leading to reflections on 250 years of fine-feathered cuisine and wine.

Biarritz Ocean: The Brand Between Bilbao and Bordeaux

Bilbao, Spain did it with its Guggenheim. Bordeaux intends do it with its Cité des Civilisations du Vin. Can Biarritz do it with its aquarium and its Cité de l'Océan?

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