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A Fabulous Trip to The Charente , France..

By Annie
I had a wonderful opportunity to visit this area, when my good friend Diane and her husband , kindly invited me to spend time with them.  The Charente is a beautiful area of France, andone which I have never visited before.  Diane has a fabulous blog (well she has 3 ) Great write ups andfabulous photos so do visit

My Life in the Charente .

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So my journey started by Eurostar from St Pancras
to Lille Europe (Yep not Paris this time) and then
to walk the 10 minutes to  Gare de Lille Flandres to catch
the TGV to Angouleme.

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Lille Flandres is the main railway station of Lille, capital city of the French Flanders and it opened in 1842 as Lille station (Gare du Lille) and was renamed Flandres in 1993 when Lille Europe station opened. There is a 500m walking distance between the two stations,

The Station front is the old front from Paris' Gare du Nord which was dismantled then reassembled in Lille at the end of the 19th century; an extra storey, as well as a large clock, were added to the original design.  Source of Information :- Wikipedia. Geographically and historically, Lille is located in Flanders (French Flanders, that is). The region has strong historical and cultural connections with Belgium. A fabulous trip to The Charente , France.. After making sure I knew exactly where to go, I took a walk outside the station  A fabulous trip to The Charente , France..
A fabulous trip to The Charente , France..
I did not have time to go in , but I am sure it is wonderful , judging by
the architecture of the outside.
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Maurice,_Lille
A fabulous trip to The Charente , France..
Just a few photos as we journeyed through France in the
Double Decker TGV  and I was upstairs , and amazing
trip, nothing like what we have to put up with in the UK .
A fabulous trip to The Charente , France..
A fabulous trip to The Charente , France..
A fabulous trip to The Charente , France..
A fabulous trip to The Charente , France..
A fabulous trip to The Charente , France..

 Well I think I am up and running again . Lots more to see.
BIG THANKS to DIANE and Nigel for the invite.    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

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