The Lonely Planet "Top 10 places in the world" has just been published...you can see their full list here.
It's probably not too surprising to see the Mayan Route in South America, the tropical island of Borneo, or Queenstown national park in New Zealand listed as the best spots on the planet.
But it may come as a surprise to see Poitou Charentes alongside these illustrious and exotic locations.
Lonely Planet says:
The article ends by saying that we are "woefully under-visited by foreigners".
With an average property price of just €140,000, yet easy access to airports in Bordeaux, La Rochelle and Poitiers, you can see why 2012 may well see an influx of international buyers to our region. Each one looking for their own slice of paradise.
The top pic is the view from the terrace at my parents-in-law who live in "my" village here in the Charente whilst the two above were also taken in our village (midway between Cognac & Jarnac).
We always thought that our secret was safe but it looks as though Lonely Planet has well and truly let the cat out of the bag.