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Three weeks in France

Anyone who's read my blog at any point in the last couple of months will know how ridiculously excited I was to be hopping over to France at the beginning of the month and spending a few weeks with Tom and his parents touring around, eating cheese and drinking wine.  And the good news is that it was just as fun, picturesque and cheese-filled as I anticipated.

We started off with a few days at a gite (French holiday home) near Angers. Whilst here we had picnics of bread, cheese and wine on the patio, visited a Medieval Fortress (Chateau De Fougeres) and had an amazing three-course dinner at a wonderful restaurant.

| chateau de fougeres

| bees in the castle grounds

Our next stop was another gite called Beau Sejour near Bordeaux.  This bed and breakfast has a breathtaking house, grounds and holiday cottages and it was such an amazing place to stay - we didn't want to leave! On arrival we had an amazing terrace dinner with all manner of cold meats, cheese and wine and we got to know the owners, who have become friends with Tom's parents as they've stayed there so many times!  Whilst there we explored Bordeaux, and one of my favourite places (which we visited a few years before), Saint Emilion.  One evening we went to Saint Emilion for a jazz concert at a tiny little bar and got to sample the singer of the jazz band's wine (he owned a vineyard!) I adored Bordeaux too - stunning architecture, little cafés, shops and restaurants.  I could definitely live there, it's such a beautiful city.

| tom and I at Beau Sejour

| outside our gite



| saint emilion



| macaroons from saint emilion



| sampling wine at the cloisters in saint emilion

| bordeaux| church just outside beau sejour
Just outside of Bordeaux there is an 'Emmaus' which was high on my 'to visit' list.  Emmaus is part of a charity that do various work but are most well-known for their huge bric-a-brac shops.  The one we visited was in a huge warehouse and we had so much fun digging through all of the treasures.  This was just the outside section!


| emmaus near bordeaux

Our next stop was the Dordogne, another utterly beautiful area.  Here we visited towns built on rocky outcrops and at the foot of cliffs, went on a boat trip, had a barbecue in a thunderstorm and went kayaking down the Dordogne.

| la roque-gageac

| domme


| bézenac

Our next stop was Sarlat, where we visited markets and had dinner with the family who owned the Chambre D'Hotes (a bed and breakfast where the owners also live and offer a room in their home or on the land where they live).  Tom and I visited the town of La Roche Posay where there is an amazing looking spa (as well as lots of chemists selling La Roche Posay products!)

Our final stop was an overnight stay on the way back to Cherbourg for the ferry in a beautiful old house that was like staying in a museum.  Our final night was another evening meal hosted by the family that lived there and was an absolute hoot, the language barrier not getting in the way of a brilliant evening filled with cider, wine and good food.

Before the ferry Tom and I visited some of the pretty coastal towns on the way back, raided the supermarkets for cider, wine and biscuits and visited several WWII sites such as Arremonches and Omaha Beach.

| scallop shells at port-en-bassin
And now we are home with a fridge full of wine, a mountain of washing and lots of happy memories.  Was an utterly amazing time but also really nice to be home cuddling Bodhi and sleeping in our own bed again.  By the way, a big kudos if you have read all of the way down here, this has been a humongous post! 

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26 comments

  1. Lovely pics! I'd love to go away somewhere!

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  2. Omg sounds and looks out of this world. I haven't really seen the beautiful side of France. I went to Paris when I was 11 and I just didn't appreciate it. I get to go to Cannes on our honeymoon, but I wish I could travel the south of France. I am mega jealous!! Xxx

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  3. Looks like you had a lovely time! I love the photo of la roque-gageac (had to copy and paste the name, ha ha), so picturesque. xx

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    1. Excellent copy and pasting! :) That place was amazing, there were ruins of a Troglodytic fort built into the cliff face and most of the village was wiped out by a rock fall in 1957, it had to be rebuilt. Lots of interesting history! xo

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  4. I miss my own adventures in France so was happy to read all the way down! Great photos, la roque-gageac is now on my to-see list too so thanks :) 3 weeks is lonnnng, Bodhi must have missed you both! x

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  5. What a fantastic looking/sounding holiday. That Emmaus is EPIC, and I love the rooftop shot too. xx

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  6. It sounds like you've had the most amazing time Rosie! This pictures are wonderful, and are making me want to go and explore France! xxx


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  7. Oh this sounds wonderful, I have never been to France but I really want to go!

    Maria xxx

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  8. Aww I love France!

    When I was younger we used to drive to the south every year! Beautiful! You've made me really want to go back for a wee road trip!

    Hope you had a fab time x

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  9. I used to live in France and your post makes me miss it like mad! I've been to Sarlat, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, and the Dordogne... but I'm making a mental note of all the other towns you mentioned as they look and sound beautiful! :)

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  10. Oh gorgeous!! One of my girlfriends is planning a trip to the UK and Europe next year for her 21st and we're trying to figure out where we want to go once we get there. Will definately be putting France and all the lovely towns you mentioned on the list.
    Love all of your photos, do you edit them yourself or is it just the type of camera you have?

    Paris x

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    1. Hi Paris! I use a Canon digital SLR, most of the photos aren't really edited except for a little tweak to the levels but the ones with a vintage-y hue (the first and a couple of the last) I use Photoshop for. France really is beautiful and the architecture is stunning (not to mention the food!), you must put it on your list! :) xo

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  11. Gorgeous, I've only ever been to Paris and would love to explore the country a bit more x

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  12. Your adFrenchture (French adventure) sounds like it was mighty fine! Though to be honest, anywhere with an abundance of cheese & wine sounds like a surefire win in my books.

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  13. Your adFrenchture (French adventure) sounds like it was mighty fine! Though to be honest, anywhere with an abundance of cheese & wine sounds like a surefire win in my books.

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  14. It looks so beautiful. I have only ever been to Paris and not necessarily thought about visiting the rest of the country. You have given me serious wanderlust Miss Rosie.

    Jen | sunny sweet pea xx

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  15. Looks so beautiful! Always wanted to explore France!

    Laura

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  16. Ohhh this looks/sounds amazing! I can't wait to pig out on camembert again soon! This has made my wanderlust even worse!
    Glad you had such a lovely time. Hope you feel all nice and relaxed. You both look so happy in that second photo!
    x

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  17. These photos are beautiful :) Especially this place - la roque-gageac. Wow!! I need to go there at some point just to see those amazing buildings.

    Hope you had a fab time! xx

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  18. sounds wonderful, and the photos are perfect :D

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  19. Great photos! It looks and sounds like you had an amazing time and I love that little blue dress with the neon necklace :) xx

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  20. Love these photos! They're so beautiful
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  21. Sounds like a really lovely break. I want a cheese-filled holiday now!

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  22. This sounds like an awesome trip - the photos are great, it's a whole side to France I've never seen before. Oh and a whole 3 weeks....sooo jealous!! :)

    Lynne x
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