The region of Brittany, is one of the original provinces of France comprising of four "departments" or counties (Ile et Vilaine, Morbihan, Côtes d'Armor & Finistère), located on the peninsula at the western tip of France, giving it a coastline of about 1,700 miles! Combining t long beaches of fine sand, fishing ports, to the "wild coast" with its granite cliffs and small shingle beach.
Inland you have a whole pallet of landscapes with "montagnes noires", a chain of "little mountains" of low altitude. The many wooded valleys and forests, and large agricultural areas.
its navigable rivers such as the Canal from Nantes to Brest, Le Rance and
Brittany is populated Bretons and Bretonnes who defend their Celtic culture, the largest Celtic festival in the world takes place every year in Lorient.
The main cities, Rennes (the capital), Vannes, Lorient, Quimper, Brest, Saint Brieux and Saint Malo.
Brittany have a population of 4.5 million inhabitants and 34,000 square kilometres thus a density of only 132 inhabitants / km, so 1/40th of the density of London!
In the Correze, you have a real feeling of getting away from it all, landscapes to take your breath away, a journey back in time, extraordinary natural sites, pretty granite stone properties, quaint little towns, villages and hamlets, and of course not forgetting the slower pace of life!
Named after the River Correze, running through the Department, the landscapes here are mountains, plateaus and valleys, home to many lakes, rivers, gorges and natural wonders.
Perfect for hiking and outdoor activities, the 'Plateau de Millevaches' is criss-crossed with numerous footpaths, cycle routes and mountain biking trails.
But there is so much more to the Correze than just natural wonders, such as the long hot summers but wonderful seasonal variances in the landscape; colourful markets, cafes and shops around many cities and towns such as Brive-la-Gaillarde and Tulle; the wonderful
town of Collonges-la-Rouge, entirely built with red sandstone is one of the most visited sites in the whole of the Limousin region.
The number of spectacular views never cease to amaze, thanks to the landscape and combination of villages and towns in the area. Correze has five villages belonging to the 'Prettiest Villages of France' category (Les Plus Beaux Villages De France)
The Quercy region, in the Midi Pyrenees, essentially comprises of the Southern part the Lot, Northern half of the Tarn et Garonne and the southern part of the Lot et Garonne. Taking its name from the latin word Quercus meaning oak, the region has extensive oak forests. The beautiful white limestone houses known as the Quercy blanc, the rolling hills and valleys and the beautiful hill top villages are popular features of the area. The Vineyards of Cahors, Chasselas table grape, sunflower fields, Quercy Melons and other fruit orchards including peach, apricot and plum fill the landscape.
The rivers the Lot, the Tarn and the Garonne meander their way through the region and the Canal de la Garonne (becoming the Canal du Midi at Toulouse) passes through the south of the Quercy.
Toulouse airport is just over 1 hour to the south and Bergerac airport 80 mns to the north. The Mediterranean and Atlantic beaches are approx 2.5 hrs drive away and the ski slopes of the Pyrenees just 3 hours away. The climate is wonderful with 4 definite seasons.