Thursday, 1 January 2015

Dreaming of France - Tusson in Charente.

Tusson is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France.
 It was previously a centre for the trading of donkeys.
 Marguerite of Angoulême also built an abbey in the village.
We (Diane, Nigel and myself)  didn't have rain , so we took a walk round.
There is so much more to this small town  than you think.!!

La Maison de Charante
I never realized what was behind this façade until doing
my google searches ....
You will be amazed!!
Click on this link to find out more!!!

Love Cognac Love Pineau ♥
Pineau des Charentes, (Pineau Charentais, or simply Pineau) is a regional French aperitif, made in the departements of Charente, Charente-Maritime.

It is a fortified wine (mistelle or vin de liqueur), made from a blend of lightly fermented grape must and Cognac eau-de-vie.


Wonder what or who is behind this door!!
Behind this door is the sculpture workshop of a very talented man
Marc Deligny
if you would like to see more , click on link above.


Can you see the little owl , I nearly missed it!!!

You never know who is watching you !

Watching over you ♥

(see sign below)
This unique building gives the visitor an insight into how the production of stained glass and the unique craft of restoration has been carried out for hundreds of years using secret traditional methods. The production of stained glass dates as far back as early Christian churches of the 4th and 5th centuries

I ♥ the signs you find in France ,, look at the cat!!


The Medieval or Monastic garden was created by a local group of enthusiasts who  set out to

recreate as accurately as possible what a medieval garden would have been like.
Officially listed as one of France's 'remarkable gardens', the garden features four separate garden areas dedicated to vegetables, medicinal plants, fruits and ornamental plants. Stone features and some ancient tombs also add to the appeal of the garden.

The garden is closed in January, and an admission charge of three euros is payable.

I have never seen an Insect House before . It is amazing.
If you would like to know how to build one, follow this link.

Fennel Fronds

Chantier Ecole Marpen
The sign below belongs to  Club Marpen
Click on link to read more..
The clubs aim is to conduct rehabilitation and to showcase the archaeological heritage, architectural, ethnological and natural.
 Students learning the stone-and discover the Charente heritage in its various aspects: architecture, botany, ethnology, culinary expertise ... stays can be from 1 to 10 days..
Judging by what we saw, they are doing a brilliant job!

Follow these signs and find the flowers.

Below is the Sign for
which I discovered today is
A STAINED GLASS workshop .
   The stained glass studio, known for its restoration, has seen the most prestigious glass, including several stained glass windows of the Cathedral of Chârtres.  Anne Pinot and Andre Morteau perpetuate an art that is known to be contemporary,  their creations , figurative or abstract, traditional or innovative, illuminate forty churches in Poitou-Charentes.
(the above info was taken from the internet)
I don't think you can just visit freely , but you can in groups with an appointment.

And The Town Hall..

I do hope that you enjoy the tour of Tusson and
click on a few or all of the links,very interesting.

Thank You Diane and Nigel, another very interesting place.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


  1. Thank you for your tour of Tusson Anne. You have taken some lovely photos here. Well done on your first post of 2015 :-)

    1. Thank you Cathy, glad you liked the tour. More to come of this trip :-)

  2. Well done Anne, this is a great post. I have not even been through my photos of Tusson yet!!!!! Take care and have a great 2015 Diane

    1. Hi Diane, thank you , I was determined to get this one out :-) I have more to come of trip :-) Just need to remember where I was LOL take care and have agreat 2015 too , xo

  3. Bonne année, Anne.

    Wonderful pics. Tusson looks like a really interesting place to visit. I've never seen an insect hotel as intricate.

    1. Hello Gaynor Bonne annee to you too. A very interesting place, you would not believe it .. and this area is fabulous. Isn't it wonderful , I have never seen one before. Thanks for calling in,

  4. WOW so much to see and do (and read up on) all your photos and they are so clear and bright, just a beautiful post Anne and well worth the wait! Happy New Year to you and the family with love xxx lisa

    1. Thank you so much Lisa, I was determined to do this post and find out as much as I could but didn't realize the extent of information.. thank you for your lovely comments. Happy that you love my photos too, xoxo love Anne

  5. Anne, What fascinating things you found on your voyage. Thanks for all the interesting links and information. Some really lovely photos too.

    1. Hi Paulita , I didn't realize there was so much to see or so much info to link too. I try my best , glad you like my photos.. This trip was amazing , they showed me so much.. despite the rubbish weather , which we had no control over , so we just got out there. take care.

  6. Happy 2015 Anne. I hope it is a fantastic year for you!

    1. Happy 2015 Gina , same to you , hope all goes well. xx

  7. What a lovely village! So many charming corners! I hope you brought back some of that goose-liver paté! ;-)

    1. Hi Elisa, there were some corners I maybe didn't see :-) but as you say Charming corners. I did not bring back Goose liver pate, I didn't know that the shop was there ,, we walked past it :-( otherwise I would of been in their like a shot. !

  8. It looks like a fabulous place to visit, so much to see.

    They have insect houses at Attingham Park (local to me) but they are on a very much smaller scale than the ones you have shown here.

    1. There is absolutely so much to see, and lots of interesting villages and towns around too. That is interesting about the insect houses , great idea. Thank you CherryPie.

  9. Fascinating! We must do our own tour of out-of-the-way villages et villes un jour! :D

  10. An other wonderful journey through my favourite country, I particularly loved the works of the sculptor what a talented man, I loved the angel. Thank you again for sharing your travels with us.
    Happy New Year Anne,
    Di xx


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