On the road in the province of Berry.
On the extensive website of the department, you can find a lot of information on the activities in the Berry.
Here’s a little piece of history about the Berry.
Up to the French Revolution, the Berry was one of the provinces of France with its capital Bourges. Berry bordered on the provinces of Touraine in the west, Orléanais in the north, Nivernais and Bourbonnais in the north- and southwest and La Marche in the south.
In the early Middle Ages, Berry was an independent county, later it was divided by the Duke of Aquitaine and the Counts of Anjou and Blois.
At the end of the 11th century, the French kings began to take an interest in the area and started to gradually add it to their domain.
In 1360 King Jan II the Good founded the Duchy of Berry for his third son Jan. The title Duke of Berry remained within the royal family for centuries.
In 1790, all those titles were dropped and Berry was divided over a few new departments. Haut-Berry broadly became the department of Cher, with the addition of Saint-Amand-Montrond and surroundings, which were in the province of Bourbonnais.
Bas-Berry became the department of Indre, along with a large part of the Brenne, from the province of Touraine.
Smaller parts of Berry went to the Loiret and Loir-et-Cher departments. All these departments are now part of the Center-Val de Loire region.
The title Duke of Berry was reinstated after the Restoration of the Bourbons especially for Charles Ferdinand, the youngest son of King Charles X of France.
Have fun in the Berry Province!