For the historic car buff, the Circuit des Remparts held on the weekend of the 19th to the 21st of September 2014 in d’ Angoulême is a must.
Staying in Angoulême is near impossible as all the accommodation is book months in advance. The Gîtes de Vergné are only a short drive away. With so much else on our doorstep, book early to avoid disappointment.
Here are some images from last years event. It is worth taking a look at their website as there is a full schedule of events for the whole family.
The historical Romanesque abbey founded around 800AD is located in the Vienne, 50km east of Poitiers in the heart of Poitou. By the ninth century it was one of the major abbeys in the region. The abbey was rebuilt in the 11th century and extended further more in the 13th century. Today, you can still see the remarkable preservation of 11th and 12th century murals and it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The abbey also houses Europe’s largest collection of Romanesque paintings. If you’re looking for stunning views of the beautiful abbey, these can be found from the bridge crossing the river where you can see the Romanesque building towering over surrounding buildings and the river.
Entry to the abbey is free but there is a 6 Euro charger to visit the museum in the 17th century Monk’s Building. Within the museum you can find Romanesque art history with models, interactive terminals films and dioramas. You should understand however that this is all in French.
Monkey Valley was first introduced in 1998 due the extinction threats facing some species and to help protect primates. There are around 350 monkeys from 30 different species. These monkeys live amongst the tree planted islands that make up Monkey Valley in complete freedom. Several monkeys in Monkey Valley have actually been born in the Valley which contributes to the ecological and environmental efforts. Visitors can attend feeding time and benefit from the expertise of the dedicated staff who care for the animals. The last entry before park closure is 1:30PM and the park is not accessible via public transport. However, there is wheelchair and buggy access. Prices vary from 16.50 Euros for Adults, 10 Euros for Children from 5 to 12 years and Infants up to 4 are free.