PLACES OF INTEREST
There are many places of interest for non-participating partners to visit, or even for you if you wish to extend your stay after your course has finished. A car is essential though, and these can be rented from a nearby Europcar branch.
Orador-sur-Glane main street
Limoges city centre
Water wheel at Moulin du Got
Inside the paper mill
Mixing paper pulp
In Nazi occupied France, Oradour-sur-Glane was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built after the war on a nearby site, but on the orders of the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, the original has been maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. This is a truly thought-provoking day out and the museum is excellent, with text in English as well as French. Audio tours are also available in English.
Le Moulin du Got
Limoges is known for its Medieval and Renaissance enamels (Limoges enamels) on copper, for its 19th century porcelain (Limoges porcelain) and for its oak barrels which are used for Cognac production. There are numerous museums to visit which tell the story of its past history. Many factories still produce Limoges porcelain and it is possible to spend days visiting them and snapping up bargains in their factory shops!
The Gothic Limoges Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Limoges), begun in 1273 and finished only in 1888, is noted for a fine rood loft built in 1534 and for the partly octagonal bell tower. The main artistic works are a Renaissance rood screen and the tomb of the Bishop Jean de Langeac, with sculpted scenes of the Apocalypse.
Le Moulin du Got is located near St. Léonard de Noblat which is a beautiful Medieval town on the river Vienne. Le Moulin du Got has manufactured paper since 1522 and has recently been sympathetically restored to its former glory. It is now producing paper again along with guided visits. They also hold embossing, lithography, typography, and printing workshops using the paper the mill is producing. Even if you do not want to take a workshop you can still see all the old presses in action on a tour.