15 kilometres south of Royan, Talmont sits on a rocky peak overlooking the Gironde estuary.
The village still has its original layout as a “bastide”, built in 1284 by Edward I Duke of Aquitaine and King of England. Towering above the village, the magnificent church of Sainte Radegonde, symbol of the Poitou-Charentes region, is still protected by ramparts. In the village picture postcard whitewashed houses with obligatory blue shutters peep out from behind abundant pink valarian and hollyhocks.
Inevitably the village is somewhat of a tourist trap but photogenic none the less.
On 6th Nov., 2014, I published a poem about Talmont on my site. It may interest you….