LA CREUSE (23)
LA CREUSE (23)
Market Day: Thursday & Saturday
The wonderful Musée de la Sénatorene, holds a superb collection of archeology, history and decorative arts, including many paintings of the Crozant school.
Market Day: Saturday
Aubusson is well known for its carpets and tapestries. There is a famous collection of these tapestries at Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
The Musée Departmental de la Tapisserie creates an historical account of the tapestry and weaving industry with exhibits on all periods.
Market Day: Thursday
PLATEAU DE MILLEVACHES
This area has over 1000 springs. Evaux-les-Bains has the only thermal spa ointhe region. Lac de Vassivière covers an area of 1100 hectares and is one of the largest lakes in France.
EVAUX LES BAINS
Market Day: Monday
Evaux les Bains is a small town on the border of the Creuse. The only thermal spa of the region is here. Website. In French, and soon to have an English translation of the site.
Market Day: Wednesday (so small you'd miss it in a blink)
LA CREUSE, department 23 in the Limousin region, France
CREUSE (23): 260 Communes, 27 Cantons Capital: Guéret
La Creuse translates as "the hollow". It is the least inhabited department on mainland France. It is also one of the wettest. It is one of the original 83 departments created during the French revolution and was previously the medieval province known as La Marche.
The Creuse is on the north-western border of the Massif Central. The land in the southeast rises to more than 3000 ft. On a whole, the Creuse is a hilly department with rocky outcrops and river gorges, with woodlands and lakes.
It is a very picturesque department and has enjoyed a boost in tourism over the years as being the "green" destination for discerning traveller. It has a nice climate, warm springs and autums with hot summer. Winters can be harsh, however.
The beauty of the Creuse landscape has attracted many artists over the years. Famous painters of the Impressionist period regularly visited the village of Crozant and surrounding areas in the north-west of the department. Artists included Monet and Armand Guillaumin. The river Creuse runs through the department and it was in this valley that the artists came to paint. However, the river was damned at various points to provide hydro-electricty as well as a water supply. This flooded some of the most picturesque areas unfortunatley.
Stockbreeding of Limousin cattle
Growing of cereals, potatoes and chestnuts
Mining and quarrying
Photo left: La Souterraine
3RD Sunday in April: Maisonnisses Cheese Fair
During second fortnight in May: Châtelus-Malveleix Local Produce and Wine Fair
Mid July: Aubusson Local Produce and Cheese Fair
End May: Ajain Festival of local cured ham.
Beginning August: Nouziers Cider Fair
Last Sunday in September: La Villeneuve Mushroom Fair
October to June: Guéret Brocante (once a month)
Beginning November: Sainte-Feyre Apple Fete
Weekend before Xmas: Moutier d’Ahun Christmas Market
FAMOUS PEOPLE associated with La Creuse
Pierre Leroux: Founder of socialism, philospher (1797 - 1871)
Armand Guillaumin: French Impressionist painter
Gustave Caillebotte: French Impressionist painter (1848 - 1894)
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS of La Creuse
Aubbuson: The Tapestry Museum
Boussac: Chateau; Les Pierres Jaumâtres;
Guéret: The Wolf Park; Giant Maze
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