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On the banks of the rive Charente in western France is the town of Saintes. The second largest city in Charente-Maritime, Saintes offers a host of attractions and sites. With a history dating back to the days of the Roman empire, ancient churches, monuments, and and amphitheater occupy the city. The Archaeological museum rounds out the many historical exhibits of Saintes. For as long as you visit, know that the travel agents of Venere have the right Saintes hotels waiting just for you. Dedicated to offering accommodations for everyone, Venere offers hotels from one to five stars so that no matter your budget, you'll find the hotel that suits your needs. So no matter what brings you to Saintes, rest easy at night in a Venere hotel and enjoy all that the city has to offer.
What's Saintes Like?
Near the Arch of Germanicus, an arch celebrating the Roman victory, is the Saintes Archaeological Museum. The museum examines the city's Roman history and roots and holds hundreds of ancient portions of statues and columns in one massive exhibit hall. From the 11th century to the French Revolution, the Abbaye aux Dames served as a convent for women and are still standing in the district of the city east of the Charente River. On the western bank of the river is the old amphitheater shrouded in a forested valley known as the Valley of the Arenas. The amphitheater is still in reasonably good condition and offers a picturesque view of the town. The historical center of Saintes contains the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre. Originally constructed in the 12th century, the cathedral features some marvelous stonework and small portions that have remained since its original construction.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Saintes
With its proximity to the Oleron-Marennes basin, Oysters are a popular seafood dish as are mussels. The highland provides high quality produce and goat cheese. The region has also received the distinction of crafting some of the best butter and cream in the entire country. To drink, Cognac is produced in the Charente region as well. As expected, French is the native language of Saintes. Locals always appreciate it when visitors learn a few simple phrases and speaking French will generally elicit a friendlier response. For as long as you visit this beautiful riverside city, rest easy in a Venere hotel. Through Venere's website, you can peruse independent reviews from previous visitors so that you can get a first hand account of prospective hotels. You can book online or with Venere's free mobile smartphone app to receive exclusive deals.
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