New Aquitaine is a good place to live.
Well, it was not always called New Aquitaine because this French region was at the origin of three distinct departments. In 2014, these three departments merged:
- Limousin (which is where our component workshops are located),
- Poitou Charente
On the 1st of January, the “Project for the enlargement of the French region” bringing together Limousin, Aquitaine and the Poitou Charente region materialized.
For many of our French friends, the idea of losing their local region, with which they grew up, is too difficult to bear. Even we, who have lived in Limousin since 2010, have become attached to this beautiful countryside.
Even if nothing has really changed for us who live in Limousin, there is only the name and some moves from official offices.
Often the reason for these plans to expand the region is just another cost-cutting exercise. Generally, jobs are lost.
I guess it’s an identity thing where we become part of what is lost, therefore we lose a little bit of ourselves.
Nouvelle Aquitaine is the largest in France
New Aquitaine is made up of twelve departments distributed as follows:
The region is now the largest covering 84,000 km2, which actually represents ⅛ of the total area of France. A vast area which now contains many gems that you should visit.
New Aquitaine is home to more than 5,800,000 people who have been culturally enriched with new blood from other regions of France and other cultures of countries. It is a wonderful influence that many French nationals can see the benefits for the quality of life and the injection of money into the economy.
The long lost Limousin
A region assimilated by New Aquitaine is Limousin. We live and work here and we are very attached to the region, its fauna and flora. For us and many others, we still recognize the region as “Limousin”, but we fear that it will be forgotten in the long run.
We can be a little biased preferring the Limousin formerly known. Please forgive us that we live here and manage our craft industry Wallybois in this region.
This region is mainly rural with a large bovine exploitation of the breed: Limousin cow. Although agriculture in France is considered to be a very important part of French rural identity, the region is full of rich natural sites.
Land of a thousand lakes
As it is known is dotted with lakes. Some are old and the result of natural sources, but there are also larger artificial lakes.
Monks of past centuries would dig lakes by hand and create natural earth dams to hold back and feed streams.
The last 50 years have seen the influx of artificial lakes for fishing and it is concluded that the volume of water in the lakes has affected the river. Restrictions on the construction of new lakes have made it very difficult to obtain certification.
Radioactive lakes Err?
Yes, that’s right, Limousin is mined for uranium. Some of the larger lakes have been formed by a dam, making them more vulnerable to contamination. Artificial lakes such as Pardoux Lake are subject to bank erosion, like any young lake, which requires time for the vegetation to secure the shores.
Okay, it’s true that the lake is subject to periodic radioactivity testing as a local uranium mine which is now closed and reintegrated into the flora and fauna.
The objective of this regular radioactive test, carried out by AREVA, is to put users to rest. Most people who visit the lake have very little idea that the lake bed is minimally contaminated.
The lake is fed naturally by the Ritord stream which has long transported irradiated particles to the bottom of the lake. I should add that the lake is considered safe for leisure use, as is the case each summer season. Much work is done at great cost to ensure safety at Lac Pardoux.
You may have heard of Limoges porcelain as a beautiful collector’s item in auction rooms. Porcelain has been in production since the 19th century. The city of Limoges has a population of 140,000 reaching up to 300,000 in rural areas. Limoges is the main town in Limousin and is home to the beautiful Gothic Saint-Etienne cathedral.
The decrease in population was evident. It was feared that the city would die, as the population could not maintain the infrastructure previously built.
Fortunately, since rural life became fashionable again and rural life was healthy and it was possible to live at low cost. We are all increasingly aware that our environment and clean air have a great influence on our quality of life.
Since the millennium 2000, we have witnessed an increase in the population of French nationals relocated from large cities. In addition, foreigners have found it too difficult to resist the idea of living at a low cost in a beautiful country. The British and the Dutch are commonplace in New Aquitaine (Limousin) and have contributed greatly to the economy.
EU nationals renovate French ruins
We and many emigrants in France choose to buy and renovate French barns and ruins.
Dare to take ownership of your own dream home by renovating?
Harvested with the history of war
Like many regions of France, New Aquitaine has a long history of war which can be quite painful in some cases but also a source of inspiration.
‘Vorsprung durch Technik’
Although fatal for many, it is impossible to deny the technological advances made by the Germans in wartime, such as the V1 and the V2 guided missile which was to be launched from a base located at La Caupole . Much of their engineering work is being used for better and worse today.
Known for the efforts made during the “second world war” by the “French resistance”. It cannot be overlooked that resistance helped the Allies disrupt the German supply and communication infrastructure across France.
Worsening the Nazis by blowing up sections of the railroad with crude explosives or simply cutting down large trees to block routes.
Planning for D-Day until the end of the war in 1944 was a success, as the majority of efforts were made possible by the efforts of the French Resistance.
War monuments come in many forms, but there is rarely an entire city dedicated to the memory of the dead! In Oradour-sur-Glane, the whole city remained as if it were the day of the massacre. What massacre in Oradour sur Glane?
Well at the end of the war a reprisal attack by Waffen SS on the day of 10th June 1944 took place. 642 Men, women and children were burned, killed and exploded. You want to know more about the massacre of Oradour Sur Glane
Richard Coeur de Lion
It is true that Richard the Lionheart was killed when leaving his tent to carry out inspections of the destruction of the castle of Chalus. Interested in our article on ‘Chalus’ and ‘The Lion’?
Why do I write them?
We write these articles for fun and hope you find them interesting. The subject of New Aquitaine is vast and I will update this subject regularly. Come back later.
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About us, I guess you might be interested?
We have been living and working here in Nouvelle-Aquitaine (Limousin) since 2010, manufacturing shutters and exterior doors. Our Shutter manufacturing company (La Nouvelle Aquitaine shutters sur mesure) is based at our home property as a “cottage industry”. We are a small company operating partially off the grid and do our best to do our woodwork ethically.
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