Europeans brought from the Orient the method to produce fire-glazed porcelain out of a rich paste made from deposits of kaolin. Landowners became factory owners and Limoges porcelain became synonymous with the small, industrial city and its surroundings--especially during its artistic heyday from the late 1700s through about 1930.
The west-central region of Limousin, with its capital city of Limoges, draws shoppers, collectors and sightseers from all over the world to the enamel porcelain still being produced and displayed there.
The region is located about 250 miles southwest of Paris. Take the train from the nation's capital and see the countryside.
Things To Do
At the Adrien Dubouche Museum, you can see 11,000 breathtaking examples of the fine porcelain and decorative boxes that put the region on the map. When not touring the boutiques, museums and awe-inspiring cathedrals, give culture a break. Dine at one of the region's many outdoor cafes and take in a pub or two, or get out of the city center to hike, fish, canoe and golf.
The region is dotted with hotels, campsites and quaint bed and breakfast establishments. Visit www.allbedandbreakfast.com or virtualtourist.com. Or check out www.ownerdirect.com for a selection of villas, chalets and holiday homes.
Article Written By David Searls
David Searls is a Cleveland-based writer with hundreds of articles, columns and essays to his credit. Since 1984, his work has appeared in publications as diverse as "People," "Cleveland Magazine," "PaintPRO" and "Concrete Decor." Warner Books published his horror novel, "Yellow Moon." Searls graduated from the School of Journalism at Kent State University.