POITIERS, France -- The best way to enjoy Poitou-Charente is to
board the TGV rail from Paris to either Tours in the Centre region
or Angers in the Pays de la Loire region; rent a car upon arrival;
wander south through Poitou-Charente all the way to Bordeaux, and
then ride the TGV back to Paris.
Rail Europe offers a France Rail 'n Drive package starting at
The package features three days of rail transportation and two
car rental days, with value-added tax included.
Phone: (800) 4-EURAIL
Some other helpful travel follow:Take binoculars to examine the small details of the region's
Romanesque churches.Purchase the Michelin map of Les Plus Beaux
Villages de France, which costs about $7.50 and is available at
major bookstores in France.
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is a 143-member association of
villages. The map, useful for trip planning, highlights the group's
members.Have dinner in Angouleme in the old city at La Ruelle, an
appealing restaurant with ancient stone walls that are decorated
with modern art. As in most areas of this region of France, fish
specialties highlight the menu.
La Ruelle is located at 6 rue des Trois Rois.
Phone: (011) 33-5 4595-1519