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Top 10 sites to visit when it rains

The weather is capricious, the rain is here? Don’t panic, here are our 10 ideas of visits to make when it rains…


There is no shortage of ideas with sites related to the discovery of Tapestry, which by the way are already worth 5!”

Start by taking a trip to Aubusson towards the Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie discover the latest contemporary works of Tolkien for example. Continue your discovery of this exceptional know-how by meeting a weaver at work at the Maison du Tapissier . And finally, finish with the restoration of tapestry cartoons, another trade related to tapestry and sometimes less known: Chantal shares her passion which she made her job in herCartoons Workshop-Museum.

Go south to Felletin to discover the tapestry workshopPintonor the wool spinning” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Terrade.

>> We go with curious of history and know-how, people sensitive to this ancestral art


Attend the show of Marion and the Beneventine, plunge into the 19th century on the tracks of a young peasant girl from the Creuse region and Paul Pélissier, a pharmacist-distiller and creator of the famous liqueur la Bénéventine.

Continue the adventure with the new room “Le chef d’oeuvre du Pélèrin”, another journey through time, on the themes of the abbey church, the Chemins de Compostelle and companionship.

>> We go there to dive into history and for its pretty shop without forgetting to buy the liqueur la Bénéventine !


L‘Hôtel Lépinat was, as its name indicates to us, very rightly, a hotel, managed by the Lépinat couple. It was here that the impressionist artists stayed, coming from Paris, to paint the valley of the creuse. Wanting to get out of their Parisian workshops, they were many to stay in Crozant: Monet, Guillaumin, Dupré, Rousseau… The interpretation center makes you discover these artists and their works, within the walls of the Hotel Lépinat.

>> We go there to travel in time and discover the history of this beautiful valley, its artists and exhibitions with new technologies


This is now a must-see place for art lovers of course but not only: conferences, exhibitions, graphic arts, contemporary creations, master classes... Discover the work of a multitude of artists and participate in workshops offered to all audiences.

One room is of course dedicated toClaude Monet and another to Maurice Rollinat who came to paint the beautiful landscapes of this lovely Creuse valley.

>> One goes there for its exhibitions but also for its workshops and walks, synonymous with meetings with today’s artists


Particularly impressive on its rocky spur from the Creuse Valley, the castle of Boussac has an eventful history. Built in the twelfth century, ruined during the Hundred Years War, rebuilt, fortified and then embellished. Before being put down during the Revolution. George Sand stayed there several times, set part of the country novel Jeanne, and discovered the famous tapestries of the Lady with the Unicorn. Became a sub-prefecture, a gendarmerie, an annex of the fairground where pigs would have been parked, the castle was saved from ruin in 1965 and restored with taste.

>> We go there with for the vvisit of this Historical Monument of exception with its passionate owner Mme Blondeau and for its original collections (canes, clams…)


Nested in a preserved green setting, this chateau, listed as a Historic Monument, is home to superb tapestries from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, from Aubusson, Felletin, Flanders, Beauvais, and Gobelins. It is truly the “princess castle” as one imagines it, archetypal of the late Middle Ages with its central keep, its parapet walk and its towers…

>> We go there for an exciting guided tour with the owners who live in this castle.


Even if it is more pleasant to go there when the weather is nice since it is located in the middle of Lake Vassivière, on an island, the CIAP is an interesting idea for a visit to make even in rainy weather to focus on the works on display inside this lovely contemporary building built in 1991 by architects Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre.

And with a small umbrella, of course, continue the stroll through thewood of sculptures or head to the old castle where CIAP has set up an artists’ residence. This research and creation program was imagined to encourage inspiration and project design upstream of production time…

>> We go there for the change of scenery of the place and with contemporary Art lovers of course

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