Meals on long trestles tables in the heady atmosphere of local markets overflowing with local produce. Music festivals in picture-postcard villages, rolling countryside that changes from sunflowers to vineyards, wide rivers for lazy canoeing and gastronomy to die for. Armagnac tops a meal of duck, goose or boar. Cheese platters fit for a king from local goats, sumptuous Agen prunes and rich red wines all make this an epicentre of culinary delights. These regions offer villa holidays for those seeking a truly authentic countryside setting and a slice of everything French.