China connoisseurs will already be well familiar with the legendary name of Limoges. For over 200 years, this elegant city has been the preferred place for the French upper crust to pick up their tableware, and several factories around the city still produce France's finest china. You can see some stunning examples at museums and galleries as well as public spaces around town.
Compact and lively, Limoges is easy to explore on foot. Historic buildings and museums cluster in the medieval Cité quarter and radiate out from the partly pedestrianised Château quarter in the city centre. If you come by train you'll be arriving in style: the city's grand art-deco Gare des Bénédictins, completed in 1929, is one of France's most resplendent railway stations, graced by a copper dome, carved frescos and a copper-topped clock tower.