|places to visit|
There are many local sites to visit and
it is always wise to pay a visit to the Tourist Information centre
in Chasseneuil. Always ask for a list of markets (including the
night markets) in the region and a list of special events such as
the International show jumping event inside the castle at
Rochefoucauld in August. The foires are the massive
monthly markets and it is normally worth trying to organise at least
one: the biggest one is held in Rouillac.
Although the coast is a couple of hours away by car, there are local lakes that have beaches and you can try out a variety of water sports. There are a couple of golf course within an hour's drive, the nicest being at cognac (although it can get very hot in the summer time). The course at Saint-Junien is very pleasant with one or two clever little holes, although it can be a little tricky to find the course as it is slightly off the main road.
There are many cultural sites that can be visited from your base at CHASP including the numerous churches and little villages that can be stumbled upon.
Limoges is a thriving modern city built around an ancient core. Although famous for its porcelain, it is also where the discerning shopper can be found.
Graphic novels and cartoon books (bandes dessinées or BDs) are an important part of French literature and Angouleme has appointed itself as the centre for this kind of art. Buildings throughout the town have huge murals featuring key characters including Asterix, Lucky Luke and even The Masked Cucumber! The town is built on the top of a hill and most of the interesting restaurants and shops are within a stone's throw of the covered market (which is very good but you need to get there early!).
Cognac and Jarnac are under an hour away and well worth a visit to find out more about this famous brandy and its cheeky cousin: Pineau de Charentes. Most producers will normally be more than happy to show you their alambics where they make their concoctions.