The Alambic (Picture: BNIC / Stéphane Charbeau)
Cognac is a city of some 20,000 inhabitants situated alongside the Charente river. Thanks to its river, a principal means of transport and freight, Cognac turned to commerce and trade early on. The town has become famous for its grape spirit. As for history, the name of Cognac is linked to King François I, EEC pioneer Jean Monnet, automobile industrialist Louis Delage and glassmaker Claude Boucher. Today, Cognac supports Lloyd Mondory, an up and coming cyclist. The year-round, many festivals make Cognac a lively place: blues music, street theater, film noir, crime fiction, European literature, Cognac spirit, flower show...
Town Hall (Picture: City of Angoulême)
Over the years, Angoulême has developed with serenity and dynamism, showing both creativity and spirit. Nicknamed the « Balcony of the Southwest », the city and its ramparts overlook a metropolitan area of some 110,000 inhabitants. Many festivals contribute to the artistic and cultural life. The local economy, traditionally rooted in the paper industry (the renowned Angoulême vellum), is turning to new sectors, like film production. Its charming streets are just the place for a leisurely stroll, while enjoying its historical and architectural heritage. Of a very human scale, Angoulême provides an efficient welcome to both tourists and its inhabitants, with facilities which enable each and every one to feel at home, so as to stay true to the city motto : « FORTITUDO MEA CIVIUM FIDES » – My strength lies in the fidelity of my citizens.