Issoudun

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Introduction

Issoudun is the second largest town in the department of Indre and is located in the heart of the historical province of Berry, around midway between Bourges and Chateauroux. It is a friendly and welcoming town of around 14,000 inhabitants, with a range of cultural, sports and leisure facilities to keep the visitors busy and entertained. The town has been awarded '4 flower' classification for the quality of its environment and for the numerous public parks and gradens.

The origins of the town date back to the Gallo-Roman period. It was the scene of fierce battle in the 12th century between Richard the lionheart and Phillipe Auguste. The town was eventually ceded to the kingdom of France following Blanche de Castille's marriage into the Royal family.

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Sights and Activities

  • The White Tower( La Tour Blanche)
  • City Hall (L' Hotel de ville)
  • Saint-Cyr Church
  • Beffroi
  • The mirrors fountain just opposite the City Hall
  • The castle town (Le quartier du Chateau)
  • Saint Roch Hospital Museum
  • Francois-Mitterand Park
  • Frapesle Manor (Le Chateau de Frapesle)

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Weather

Located in the central parts of France, Issoudun has warm and usually dry and sunny weather during the summermonths from June to September. Average daytime temperatures are around 25 degrees Celcius but can reach 35 or more sometimes. Nights are generally pleasantly warm.
Winters last from December to March when temperatures during the day are mostly well above zero though nights can get cold sometimes and snow is not unheard of during colder winters.

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Getting There

By Plane

The closest airports with a number of flights are the Tours airport (TUF) where Ryanair flies to from Dublin, London-Stansted, Marseille and Porto, and
Limoges airport (LIG) from where Ryanair flies to Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Liverpool and both Stansted and Luton in London. It's about 1,5 to 2 hours from both airports along the highways.

By Train

You can reach Issoudun by train from Orleans (about 1 hour), Vierzon and Chateauroux. Check the French Railways website for information about schedules, routes and prices.

By Car

Issoudun is located between the A71 which runs south from Orleans, and the A20 which branches to the southwest towards Limoges. From both highways, it's just a short drive to the town.

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Keep Connected

Internet

France is one of the best connected countries in the world, with data speed for upload/download ranked among the top 5 in the world. Most hotels and hostels would have in-house facilities to provide free internet access. Many major cities also have initiatives put in place to provide free wi-fi connection in public spaces. Alternatively there are internet cafés available in most cities/towns at a reasonable rate. Some private businesses, such as local cafés (or even the Starbuck's chain), may also provide wi-fi connectivity - keep an eye out for the signs by the shop windows/doors. Also look for the @ symbol prominently displayed, which indicates internet availability. However, with most homes now wired for the internet, cyber cafés are increasingly hard to find, especially outside the major cities.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To dial an international number from France, the IDD is 00, followed by the country code that you wish to dial, the area code and the phone number.
To call France from abroad, start with the international direct dialing (IDD) code from the country you're in, followed by French country code 33, the area code (drop the first zero in front of the area code), and the phone number. French telephone numbers are rarely given without the area code. The telephone number, including the area code, is made up of 10 digits. They are written in a set of 5 pairs of digits (i.e. 01 xx xx xx xx xx).
In France, the area code designations are: 01 - Paris Area ("Région Ile-de-France"), 02 - northwest, 03 - northeast, 04 - southeast, 05 - southwest, 06 - mobile phone providers. From 2010 onwards, 07 will also be assigned to mobile phone providers in order to cater for the surging demands for mobile phones.

Emergency numbers are 15 (medical aid), 17 (police station) and 18 (fire/rescue). You can also use the European emergency number 112 (perhaps a better choice if you don't speak French). These calls are free and accessible from virtually any phone, including locked cellphones.

France uses the GSM standard of cellular phones (900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands) used in most of the world outside of the U.S. There are several companies (Orange, SFR, Free, Bouygues Télécom and some others MVNOs like Virgin Mobile) offering wireless service. The country is almost totally covered but you may have difficulties using your mobile phone in rural or mountainous areas. If you stay for some time, it may be advisable to buy a pre-paid cell phone card that you can use in any phone that supports the GSM standard on the 900/1800 MHz bands. Then incoming calls and SMSes are free.

Post

La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter. Mails sent in France also have a zip code. The first two numbers represent the administrative department (e.g. in Paris' case that would be 75).

Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.

For international package services, you might also check options with companies like DHL, UPS or TNT, which have competitive services and prices and might be faster in most cases.

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