The Limousin – the country around Limoges – is hilly, wooded, wet and not particularly fertile: ideal pasture for the famous Limousin cattle. This is herdsman’s country, and it’s the widespread use of the shepherd’s cape known as a limousine that gave its name to the car. The modern Limousin region stretches south to the Dordogne valley to include Brive and Turenne. But while these places, together with Limoges itself, are not without interest, the star of the show is the countryside – especially in the east on the Plateau de Millevaches.

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