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Normandy celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

2016 marks the 950th anniversary of Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror’s crowning at Westminster. Come and experience the wealth of medieval fun in store this year in Normandy.

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Saumur’s troglodyte heritage.

All around Saumur are limestone cliffs that have been quarried for centuries to provide the white stone for the world-famous chateaux and manor houses of the Loire Valley. The resulting tunnels and caves have been put to practical use, from plain houses to artistically-sculpted caves and even restaurants and B&Bs!

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Lots to see and do in Aquitaine.

Bordeaux, 18th C. city listed by Unesco, is a must-see. The Cité du Vin opens in June. Don’t miss Bayonne, heart of the Basque country or Périgueux and its market. You prefer smaller villages? Visit Brantôme and its abbey in Dordogne or the fortified town of Monflanquin in Lot-et-Garonne.

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Plenty to do in Poitou-Charentes.

In Poitou-Charentes, La Rochelle and its old harbour represent the French art de vivre. More inland, Poitiers is the capital of the Romanesque architecture. Angoulême seduces the Comics fans with its painted walls. Discover also the picturesque villages like Angles-sur-l’Anglin in the Vienne or Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in Charente.

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The world’s first gallery devoted to the work of the Pont-Aven School.

The world’s first gallery devoted to the work of the Pont-Aven School - has been given an ambitious face-lift, following three years of refurbishment. In a surface area that’s now twice as large, displays have been rethought and an innovative multimedia facility will introduce you to the world of Gauguin and his fellow-artists in a way that’s never been seen before.

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Discover Limousin.

Discover Limoges, internationally renowned for its porcelain, Brive la Gaillarde, the gateway to the south of France and Aubusson, the world's tapestry capital. Take time to visit Limousin's villages, such as Collonges-La-Rouge built with red sandstone in Corrèze, and discover the gentle pleasures of life here.

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The unique fruit of Tarn-et-Garonne.

This destination boasts a rich culture with unmissable sites such as the cloister of Moissac, the Ingres Museum, stunning villages, famous handicraft and international events.

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Come and explore where impressionism was born.

Take in Giverny, Etretat, Honfleur, Rouen and Le Havre: the perfect backdrops which inspired Impressionist painters along the Channel Coast and the banks of the Seine River.

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Soulages Museum, Rodez, top-selling artist at auction.

Pierre Soulages, a painter of international renown, was born in Rodez in the Aveyron region. His work is shown in nearly ninety museums around the world. He is the French artist that reaches the highest prices on the international contemporary art market. His latest canvas was sold for over € 5 million.

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