Since January 2016 the Limousin constitutes, together with the regions Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes, 1 large region, namely the Nouvelle Aquitaine. The Limousin consists of 3 departments: the Creuse, the Corrèze and the Haute-Vienne.
The capital of the Limousin is Limoges, a city known for the porcelain industry. In the centre of the Limousin is situated the “Plateau de Millevaches” (Millevaches Massif). It is an upland area with several water sources, where (small) rivers have their origins.
The Limousin is a quiet region that is not very touristic yet. While hiking or cycling you can enjoy the beautiful, green nature. The rolling landscape comprises grasslands and woods. It is a region where little roads and litte rivers determine the landscape. You can drive miles away without running into anyone. The Limousin has long summers and short, bright winters. It is mainly an agricultural region with many rural villages.
The Limousin is also known for the famous red/brown Limousin cow. The meat of this cow is of high quality, because of the feed and breeding policy. Since the 17th century this race has a good reputation. The Limousin is market leader in producing meat of the Limousin cow and exporting Limousin cows.
To conclude: The Limousin is the region for people who love tranquility, space, nature, walking or cycling. It is definitely worth a visit.
The people of France call the department the Creuse “La France Profonde”: the real, original and unaffected France. Guéret is the capital of the Creuse. The Creuse is called after the river the Creuse, that often has been painted by the painter Monet.
The Creuse is the least populated region of France. It is 1 of the most beautiful regions for hikers. You can walk quietly through the hilly countryside. While walking you can see different kind of birds such as the swallow, the (barn) owl, the golden oriole, the cuckoo, the spotted woodpecker, the buzzard, the red kite and the black redstart. In autumn you can see the migration of cranes. So it is a real paradise for bird watchers. Besides the Creuse is a watery region. Le Lac de Vassivière, the Vassivière lake, is 1 of the largest lakes of France.
The Creuse is known for the bricklayers. The poverty in the 18th and 19th century caused an exodus from the Creuse. The bricklayers left the Creuse and went to Paris and surrounding areas where they helped constructing important buildings. A lot of bricklayers learned reading and writing. When the bricklayers returned to the Creuse they disseminated the knowledge they had acquired.
Mourioux Vieilleville is a village at an altitude of 450 metres, in the department the Creuse. Vieilleville was originally a village in the municipality Mourioux. In 1992 the 2 places were merged to Mourioux Vieilleville. The population is currently about 500.
In Mourioux is a monumental church, l’Eglise Saint-Rémi, which dates from the 13th century. If you like the atmosphere of ancient, authentic churches, this church is worth a visit.
In the 19th century the railway was developed. At that time a railway station was built in Vieilleville and Vieilleville became much more important than the historic city Mourioux. Nowadays only a few trains a day pass the station in Vieilleville. The low-noise trains make less noise than a car or bus. From the station in Vieilleville you can travel to Limoges, the city known for the porcelain industry. But the train also brings you to Guéret or Montluçon for a day out.