The Basketball and Limoges City ...
The city of Limoges is associated with its basketball's club.
The CSP - Cercle Saint Pierre - is Limoges's Professional Basketball Club. This team is one of the most successful in France. It was several times Champion of France and European Champion in 1993. It was the first French team which won the most important European Cup. This basketball team is changing this year to get to the hightest league of France - Pro A. The CSP has become a symbol of Limoges as well as porcelain. The ambience in the sport hall 'Beaublanc' is reputed to be one of the warmest and busiest in France and Europe !
More information : www.limogescsp.fr
The origin of the cow Limousine
The Limousine is originated from the Limousin Region. Beef cow country, accustomed to harsh conditions in winter. His fame now rests on her maternal qualities, longevity and ease of rearing. Like most cattle butchering, it is big and strong: up to 1.64 yards at the shoulders, chest deep, thick trousers, with a weight varying from 1543.24lb to 2094.39lb. Last century, she was used for farming work: its power and speed were then particularly appreciated for plowing and traction in general. She is now the race's most exported French meat: it is now present in over sixty countries on five continents.
Limousin(e)? Does it reminds you something?
Of course ! A car !
Here is the origin of the “limousine car”…
The origin of the “Limousine car” comes from a type of horse-drawn vehicle used in the French Limousin Region. However, it could also come from a vast cloak- the Limousine- that the inhabitants of the Limousin used to protect themselves from rain. It gave its name to the first car named “limousine” where only the rear seats were protected by a hood.
Another hypothesis: the name could be given by Charles Jeantaud, born in Limoges (1843-1906), inventor of this type of bodywork applied to the first comfortable cars.
The Correze and its apples ...
What do Kulu Valley in India, Kent in England and Correze in South Limousin have in common ? It is APPLES !
Correze is a huge apple growing area with now more than 500 apple growers and some 400 Ha under cultivation.
The area is focused around Pompadour, and it is here that you can find the Association of Apples of Limousin !
There is now a collaboration btw the growners, the tourist offices ans the restaurants. A number of restaurants have developped their own appel specialities ! All this endeavour is brought together under the "Route de la Pomme du Limousin".
There is also a "golden apple house" in Lanouille.
Do not forget that the region also has its truffles, cèpes, chestnuts, duck, foie gras ans of course the Limousin beef ! A real feast !
More information : http://www.pomme-limousin.org
Limousin has plenty
"Most beautiful village of France"
A total of 154 villages across France have been awarded the prestigious "Most beautiful village of France" award.
5 in the Limousin region ... Let's go and discover them !
COLLONGES-LA-ROUGE - 15 km SE of Brive-la-Gaillarde
CUREMONTE - 25 km SE of Brive-la-Gaillarde
SEGUR-LE-CHATEAU - 20 km W of Uzerche
TURENNE - 12 km SE of Brive-la-Gaillarde
MORTEMART - 10 km SW of Bellac
More information : http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/fr
Landscape and heritage in Limousin
attract a lot filmmakers
Movies, fictions or documentaries surround us, every time, everywhere, on television, on cinema even in reality…The proof is, you probably don’t know that right where you’re walking at this moment, a movie has been turned.
« Le plateau des Millevaches » where you can find the lake “Vassivière” conjures up Canada’s landscapes. There are a range of medieval castles, and many other assets which appeal directors of movies. That’s why a hundred movies have been turned since 1926.
You probably know “A secret” with Cécile de France and Patrick Bruel, “Jacquou le croquant” turned in 2005 by Laurent Boutonnat or “Lady Chatterley’s lover”.
Production companies like the welcome of people around. Furthermore it’s easy to work in Limousin as there is a lot of space and also because countryside and city are close.
Limoges is reputed for its porcelain !
Limoges is the nice capital of Limousin region, this city is famous all around the world thanks to its porcelain industry. Its porcelain is well-known as it is the most refine of the world.
How did it happen?
Kaolin had been discovered close to Saint Yriex-la-Perche. It is a china white-clay used by porcelain producing. Limoges began the centre of the ceramic industry in France in 1770.
Porcelain is prized by collector for its characteristics. Every details being finely painted by hand, it makes its reproduction really difficult and permits it to be an antiquity to keep.
For the dedicated porcelain hunters then the Boulevard Louis Blanc is an absolute must with all of the big names having stores there – a few outlet shops are also dotted around the town centre. Moreover there are several places to visit which permit to show how create nice pieces of porcelain just visit our network of professionals to find them.
The soul of Richard 1st of England
is still in live in Limousin
Limousin has always been a desired area as the countryside there is incredibly nice. Still now this area has a rich heritage and keeps an important military and religious past. A lot of castles in Limousin developed a network to create events and to promote their history together. This association of castle is called “La demeure historique”. They created in 1984 a tourist road which goes through the north by the “Pays des Feuillardiers” and through the south by the “Pays Arédien”. It seemed to be a picturesque mean to promote them. Naturally, a legendary image, local and word famous, has been taken to be the emblem of the association: Richard 1st, the Lionheart !
Richard, the king of England, and Aquitaine’s duke (1157-1199), did a war for 5years in Limousin against its liege lord: Philippe Auguste, king of France. He went to Saint Yrieix, to the Châlard, to Courbefy and probably to Bonneval. Its army troops attacked other places of interest like Jumilhac, Lastours, Rochechouart…Richard’s life ended at Chalûs as you can see in the new movie, “Robin wood” at the cinema in the moment.
The purpose of the historic road created, is to permit you to discover on 180km and 19 places of interests, the story of the Lionheart. Every year concerts and cultural activities are organised where the legend mixed with the history.
Don’t miss the return of Richard, a festival which will start on the 30th of July and will end on the 1st of August...
For more information go on this website: http://www.routerichardcoeurdelion.com/
Famous painter Pierre-Auguste RENOIR
was born in Limoges !
He was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.
As a boy, he worked in a porcelain factory where his drawing talents led to him being chosen to paint designs on fine china !
Have a look at his house on Boulevard Gambetta !!
Marie-Zélie LAPORTE portrait, 1854, oil on canvas, Musée des Beaux-Arts - Limoges
Some professionals are also labelled "Qualité Tourisme". That label was created in 2003 to improve France's image and to offer a perfect welcome and services to tourists visiting France.
Tourism professionals (restaurants, B&B, hotels, pubs, tourist offices, travel agencies, ...) who would like to add this label to their know-how have to respect different criterions. Then, they can obtain the label.
"Qualité Tourisme" is a good welcome guarantee for tourists.
For further information, do not hesitate to read this page : http://www.qualite-tourisme.gouv.fr