France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Limousin, France Guide




The département of Limousin is famous for its oak barrels used to age quality wines, and for the high-quality porcelain ware made in Limoges and nearby towns.

As for the luxury automobile, the limousine, the name comes from a style of cloak and hood once worn by the people of Limousin. Carriage-builders used the name to describe a type of carriage that had a cover over the driver's seat. (In other carriages, the driver sat in the open air...or the rain.)

With the coming of the automobile, the name was applied to luxury, chuffeur-driven touring cars that had a covered driver's seat.

So if you go looking for a limousine in Limousin, you'll find that it was manufactured elsewhere....






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