Lexeme Traductions is based in the heart of le Perche in Lower Normandy, close to the towns of Nogent-le-Rotrou, Mortagne-au-Perche and Bellême.
Le Perche is a former province of Western France, stretching over the départements of Eure-et-Loir, Eure, Sarthe and Orne.
The region, crossed by the meandering river Huisne, is traditionally an area of stock-raising and dairy farming, also famous for its cider apples. The rolling green hills provide the perfect backdrop for the picturesque stone manor houses, water mills and villages. It has “natural regional park” status, meaning its scenery and heritage are now protected, while sustainable economic development is ensured.
Living and working in the le Perche
Just an hour and a half from Paris, the area is ideal for a peaceful weekend get-away, but also a great place to live. It is accessible by a number of main roads and motorways and served by the Paris-Chartres-Le Mans train line.
Agriculture and industry are both major employers in the area, but there are also a number of growth sectors such as the food industry, tourism and wood/eco-construction.
There is also an extensive network of “télécentres” – shared office spaces offering various facilities and a high-speed internet connection for freelancers, entrepreneurs and anyone looking to avoid the commute to their usual workplace. In fact, I often take Lexeme Traductions to work in the Bretoncelles télécentre!
Time out in the Perche
With its natural beauty and tranquil environment, le Perche entices and inspires numerous photographers, artists and writers. The region boasts a thriving creative community and an impressive calendar of cultural events.
Of course, le Perche also offers a wealth of outdoor pursuits, such as cycling, horse riding or fishing. It’s a wonderful place for hiking and rambling, with its enchanting sunken paths and forest trails.
With its numerous bric-a-brac and antique shops, the area is popular with bargain-hunters. At the weekend, there are large outdoor markets in Nogent-le-Rotrou and Mortagne-au-Perche, selling local produce such as meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables, bread, honey, snails, cider and calvados. You can also buy a lot of fresh local produce directly from one of many farm shops.