Visiting Deux-Sevres is all that you would imagine a French countryside getaway to be. It offers the rolling green hills, the renaissance chateaus, impressive abbeys and churches and shifting fields of wheat and oats. Located in the west of France, the department is connected to Paris and Bordeaux by the A10 Highway. Deux-Sevres was once famous for its silver mines, but these are now but a memory. Deux-Sevres is a marshy area and one of the tourist attractions is to take a boat tour of the marshes embarking at Coulon. Throughout the journey you will see water lilies, irises and an array of birds. If you are into bird watching then the Bird Reserve at Marais Poitevin will be right up your alley with more than 70 species of bird. Historical points of interest in the department include the Chateau d’Oiron, a marvelous renaissance home that now has an art gallery and is located east of Thouars and the reconstructed abbey of St-Maixent—L’Ecole, which was largely destroyed in the Wars of Religion. This romantic corner of France is the perfect location for a getaway from the daily grind.
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