The "department" of the
Haute Vienne and
Correze, the Limousin area
located in the heart of France, between Poitou-Charentes, in the
west, and Auvergne, in the east. It is a little known area, even
for the French themselves who sometimes evoke it - without having
ever visited it - in connection with its famous limousine
meat, the masons who
built Paris or the tapestry
The current characteristics
of the Creuse, its demography, economy and communications,
do not rank it at the top of the hit-parade! To be truthful,
it is one of the least populated departements in France with
amongst the lowest ressources in the country, without high-
tech activities or industry, without urbanization, and still very withdrawn,
as even today it is served neither by motorway, TGV nor airport.
This last point highlights, partly, why the Creuse is
not known: nobody comes here by chance!
But, reverse of misfortune, the Creuse offers
to the traveller in love with nature and preserved landscapes,
the stressed town-dweller seeking calm and comfort or the amateur
of sport and outdoor activities, an unusual and authentic destination.
This is why, more and more, those who come
here like to stay !
seems to have
been saved from
all the transformations and attacks of the modern world and what
undoubtedly surprises the newcomer is the concept of another
rhythm, a certain softness, harmonious contrasts, a complementarity
in the diversity of things and beings.
What we sometimes call "quality of life
this contributes to the feeling:
first, the intimacy of the "bocage"
with its wild hedges, its fruits, its woods, its green
meadows , its undulating hills, so many brooks and rivers, then,
the presence of wildlife in the turning of the path (roe-deer,
badger, otter...) or the "savoir-vivre" around the sheep
"baronet", the black- bottom pig, apples and sweet chestnuts,
trouts, zanders and pikes, and finally, the
know-how of the granite tailors, the wooden tile makers,
the tapestry weavers and the storytellers of legends.
informations about the
Creuse (Slides show)