Chalais is a wonderful place to watch the world go by. Located in the Charente region of France, where the climates are milder, pull up a seat and enjoy the view. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to sit and enjoy in the lovely little square with its pretty fountain the children love to splash around in. And if you're there on a Monday, be sure to visit the wonderful market where you can indulge yourself on fresh, meat, fish, vegetables and even a snail or two. If you can tempt yourself to leave this pretty square, explore the nearby 17th century Chateau, which once belonged to a French cavalier. Restored from a ruin, it's a lovely place to appreciate the stunning Charente countryside. From May to June, make sure you get to see the Chamber Music Festival playing a mix of classic and contemporary pieces, known as The Festival International de Musique de Chambre.