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This giant duck was the symbol for 2015 Autrefois Challans in the town of Challans, Vendée

This giant duck was the symbol for 2015 Autrefois Challans in the town of Challans, Vendée

Medieval Garden at Bazoges-en-Pareds

Medieval Garden at Bazoges-en-Pareds

Medieval donjon (castle keep) at Bazoges-en-Pareds in the Vendée. Read more https://www.poitou-charentes-vendee.com/the-vendee/must-see-attractions/bazoges-en-pareds/

Medieval donjon (castle keep) at Bazoges-en-Pareds in the Vendée. Read more https://www.poitou-charentes-vendee.com/the-vendee/must-see-attractions/bazoges-en-pareds/

Video of a large trebuchet and other medieval siege weapons filmed during in a special demonstration at the Chateau de Tiffauges in the  Vendée.

Video of a large trebuchet and other medieval siege weapons filmed during in a special demonstration at the Chateau de Tiffauges in the Vendée.

Medieval Knights dressed for pageanty and combat re-enactment in the medieval section of the Puy du Fou theme park.

Put the Puy du Fou on your itinerary if you visit the Vendée - a wonderful, historical theme park featuring medieval and Roman events plus lots more.

Roman chariot being driven at full gallop by wonderful white horses at the Puy du Fou. Very special to see a chariot race live!

Put the Puy du Fou on your itinerary if you visit the Vendée - a wonderful, historical theme park featuring medieval and Roman events plus lots more.

Roman chariot at Puy du Fou

Put the Puy du Fou on your itinerary if you visit the Vendée - a wonderful, historical theme park featuring medieval and Roman events plus lots more.

Vendée born national hero Georges Clemenceau remembered in this statue at Ste Hermine in the Vendée.

Facts, photographs and news about the Vendée - a fascinating region with a unique history and possibly the best coastline in all of France.

Roman amphitheatre at Puy du Fou in the Vendée with actors in roman costume, roman chariots and live animals.

Facts, photographs and news about the Vendée - a fascinating region with a unique history and possibly the best coastline in all of France.

One of the cute 'donkeys in trousers' on  Île-de-Ré in the Charente Maritime, pictured giving rides to children during the summer. This breed is known as the Poitou donkey once deemed a status symbol by French nobles centuries ago.

One of the cute 'donkeys in trousers' on Île-de-Ré in the Charente Maritime, pictured giving rides to children during the summer. This breed is known as the Poitou donkey once deemed a status symbol by French nobles centuries ago.

Donkey in trousers on  Île-de-Ré pictured having a quite doze in the warm sunshine. These donkeys are really friendly and docile yet very sturdy and strong and their shaggy coats make them simply adorable!

Donkey in trousers on Île-de-Ré pictured having a quite doze in the warm sunshine. These donkeys are really friendly and docile yet very sturdy and strong and their shaggy coats make them simply adorable!

La Flotte on Île de Ré off the coast of La Rochelle.

One of the most beautiful places in the Charente Maritime is the island of Île de Ré with its wonderful beaches and fascinating history - read more.

Corderie Royale in Rochefort, Charente Maritime

A Charente-Maritime town with a rich maritime history, Rochefort was the base for the Hermione project and the ship was launched here in September

Porte de la Grosse Horloge in La Rochelle, Charente Maritime.

Porte de la Gross Horloge in La Rochelle close to the medieval harbour.

Historic La Rochelle with its medieval towers at the harbour entrance. Well worth a visit if you are in the Charente Maritime http://www.poitou-charentes-vendee.com/charente-maritime/introduction/

La Rochelle in the Charente Maritime - historic and beautiful with its amazing medieval towers at the harbour entrance, built by Kind Edward I of England.

The Château de Tiffauges is an amazing medieval castle well worth a visit especially when they give a medieval siege engine demonstration. Read more http://www.poitou-charentes-vendee.com/the-vendee/must-see-attractions/chateau-tiffauges/

A medieval castle with an infamous past, the Château de Tiffauges in the Vendée has a remarkable history associated with Bluebeard aka Gilles de Rais.