161 Photo Experiences: 2019 Experiences: Circuit des Remparts Angouleme


Justin Partyka is excited to be offering a 161 Photo Experience during this year’s Circuit des Remparts in Angouleme.  

DATE 2019 

Tuesday 10 - Tuesday 17 September 2019 


6 days / 7 nights 


To be confirmed: initial places are now open for reservation 

The Experience will be all inclusive 

In 1894 the Paris magazine Le Petit Journal organised what was the world’s first motor racing competition from Paris to Rouen, a distance of 127 km. France went on to not only be one of the world’s major car producers, but also host to many Grand Prix races and perhaps the world’s most famous car race the 24 Hour of Le Mans. Car racing is part of French culture.  

The Circuit des Remparts in Angouleme is one of France’s great street circuits, using the city’s ancient roads. First used in 1939 for a Grand Prix, the race is now held for classic and historic cars and this year is its 78th anniversary.  

This Experience will take you to Angouleme during the city’s most exciting event of the year. It is a time when the city is full of energy, people, and cars! You will have an opportunity to photograph the setting up of the race circuit and arrival of some of the race cars. On the race days you will be photographing amongst the pit crews, around the starting grid and along the circuit. The city centre becomes a car show and is as interesting to photograph as the race itself. This Experience will also allow you to explore and photograph the city beyond its normal day to day activity.  

Justin first visited this event in 2018 and immediately saw the potential it offered by including it as a Photo Experience. During the week there will be four day-trips to Angouleme to photograph the race. Justin will offer guidance and tips before and during the days and will be on hand for sessions of one-on-one mentoring.  

The other two days will be spent in the village of Verteuil. On the first day Justin will introduce some ideas and approaches to photography and you will have the chance to explore and photograph the village. The final day will be spent reviewing your photographs from Angouleme and will also include a tour of the chateau.  

Even if you are not a car enthusiast, this Experience offers a unique opportunity to improve your photography and enjoy French culture.  



Accommodation is three star in shared rooms on first and second floors of the house. There is a shared bathroom on the first floor. Breakfast, tea and coffee and other refreshments will be provided.  


A French breakfast will be provided each morning with fresh croissants and bread straight from the boulangerie opposite the house, along with fruit and yoghurt.  

A "plat de jour" lunch will be eaten as a group in a local café or restaurant in Angouleme.   

Dinner will be eaten as a group at a restaurant in the village of Verteuil. There will also be an option to visit the local wine bar after dinner where we can continue our conversation about the day’s photography if participants wish. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are ncluded in the Experience price. Wine, beer and other drinks are not included to allow participants to order at their own discretion. 



Number of participants: 4 

Price: TO BE CONFIRMED. Available soon. Initial places now open for reservation.  

Deposit to book: 250 € 

How to book and pay: Please contact Justin Partyka on the email address below to reserve a place and pay a deposit. The balance for the final amount of the Experience is due 8 weeks before the Experience begins.  

Location: Verteuil and Angoulême - region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. 

Language: English and basic French. 

Average temperature: September 20°C 


Digital camera: SLR, mirrorless, or point and shoot compact camera. Film camera users are welcome to come on the experience but unfortunately there is no film processing available locally. 

(For cameras with changeable lenses, if possible please  bring  a single focal length 35mm lens on a full frame camera or equivalent 23mm for APS sensor). 

SD cards, batteries and charger. 

Laptop computer with photo viewing software and SD card reader. 

Portable hard drive.  

Comfortable footwear. Rain jacket.  

Sunhat and sunscreen.  



Photography tuition 

7 nights bed and breakfast 

Lunch and dinner 

Train travel for day trips to Angouleme during the experience and from Poitiers on arrival and back to Poitiers on departure. 

Short car journeys from Ruffec train station to the workshop base in Verteuil. 

Entry passes for the Circuit des Remparts 

Tour of the chateau of Verteuil.  


Travel to Poitiers for the start of the experience and from Poitiers on your departure.  

Wine and other drinks.  

Travel insurance.  


Participants are advised to travel to Poitiers by train as our meeting place will be the city’s main train station for our onward journey to Verteuil. Please plan your journey to arrive in Poitiers before 4pm.  Direct trains to Poitiers are available from Lille and Paris (including Charles de Gaulle Airport) in the North and Bordeaux in the South amongst other places.  If you would like advice on travel and suggested train times etc, please get in touch. 

If you have any questions about this special Experience or would like to receive confirmation of the price when available, please contact Justin. Places are limited so if you are interested it is advisable to reserve your spot as soon as possible.  


Justin Partyka photographie 

atelier 161 Grand’Rue 

86000 Poitiers 




Tel: 00 33 (0)6 02 34 38 93 (France mobile) 

Tel: 00 44 (0)77 88 57 19 64 (UK mobile) 

(SIRET no. 833 323 801 00021)