With local specialities including foie gras, confit de carnard, purple mustard, walnut liqueur, ceps and other mushroom varieties, foodies will be in heaven in Brive-la-Gaillarde. Here you are deep in the South West of France, so as well as loving their food, the locals are also crazy about rugby. Patrick Sébastien (the famous French TV presenter) won the European Championship in 1997 as president of CA Brive! The club has seen several famous rugby players in its ranks, including Amédée Domenech, Olivier Magne and Alexis Palisson. Brive is also a famous literary centre. The town plays host to an important Book Fair each year. Just 10km away lies the château and now hotel, Castel Novel, which was once home to the author Colette. The town also boasts a film festival (for medium length films), a classical music festival, a world music festival and many concerts in bars. You’ll also four “foires grasses” (foie gras and truffle fairs) each winter, a separate truffle fair and a livestock fair: there’s always something going on in Brive! Brive-la-Gaillarde is a deeply historic town, with some 17 historical monuments and interesting buildings to visit. Don’t miss the college of Saint-Martin or the water tower, the museums and the picturesque streets of the old town. Brive is a lively and fun town as well as being historic and literary: let Ouibus take you there and you’ll find out for yourself!