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    City of the Famous Porcelain

    by Goner Updated Jun 26, 2004

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    Porcelain Shop

    Favorite thing: Limoges is the capital of Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin region in France. It sits on the picturesque right bank of the Vienne River. Limoges is a fascinating historic city of ancient buildings, quaint old streets, museums, gardens and galleries. It was founded in 16 BC by the Roman Emperor Augustus and first named Augustoritum after him. Today archæologies continue to unearth Roman villas and other remains.

    The city is famous for its beautiful porcelain and enamels. Enamel-making started in the twelfth century and after the discovery of kaolin, a local clay, Limoges became famous for its porcelain developed from this clay and painted by artisans who migrated to this area. You can find dozens of shops selling this incredible porcelain made into serving pieces, statuary, jewelry and the famous collectible Limoges boxes. Each is a piece of art. The process of sculpting the pieces is only part of the process. Artisans actually paint watercolor designs which are transferred to the porcelain and then many processes of firing make each piece a treasure that will look the same even after 100 years of use.

    Even if you're not a collector of this amazing porcelain, a visit to the local shops will make you appreciate the value of these works of art.

    Fondest memory: I am fortuante to have a few pieces of this incredible porcelain made in Limoges. It was one of the hightlights of my trip to France to see so much of it.

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

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    In Périgord like the Périgourdins

    by Pierre_Rouss Updated Oct 19, 2002

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    Favorite thing: In Périgord like the Périgourdins.
    Try the foie gras, the goose liver is yellow and smoother, the duck liver is pinkish and stronger tasting... my choice goes with the duck.
    If possible, visit a farm where they force-feed geese and ducks, you will see that they are asking for it, and we agree about the result.

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    • Zoo

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    Limoges is very walkable.I...

    by Lemonita Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Limoges is very walkable.
    I wished we stayed there a little bit longer because there's a porcelain museum that seemed interesting.

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    Walk around the city

    by Lemonita Written Sep 13, 2002

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    Fondest memory: I liked these old buildings. The architecture reminds me of Strasbourg and it contributes to the beauty of Limoges : a mixture of new and old houses.

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