Thursday, June 7, 2012

What We've Been Doing Lately

We are far from our southern New Mexico desert in every way. Under the cloudy and temperate skies of France, we are wandering through chateaux,
Villandry, the chateau

looking at gardens recreated in the 16th century manner, 

Villandry, the gardens

seeing how people lived long ago, 

Villandry, one of the bedrooms

and loving the old stone walls and wild poppies everywhere in the French countryside. 

In the countryside, near Monts-sur-Guesnes

We are peeking into the remains of the moats around walled cities to see the gardens that people make,

In the town of Richelieu

going to markets where the French buy boxes of live chickens to keep them supplied with fresh meals until the market comes around again in a month,

Market day in Lencloitre

and putting together our own beautiful table in the Poitou-Charentes.

Local bounty from the market and the patisserie


Joyful said...

Marvellous photos!
I wish I was there too. Have a fun time.

Jean (aka Auntie Bucksnort) said...

So romantic! What a dream vacation!

Jean (aka Auntie Bucksnort) said...

So romantic! What a dream vacation!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, how fun, Claire!! I love France and I did so enjoy the time I spent there -- years ago when we lived in Europe!! What a great trip and your photos are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!! ENJOY!!!


Nan said...

Wow! How very, very wonderful. It all looks perfect.

Deb from WhatsInMyAttic said...

Woohoo! I've been expecting this post. How exciting for you! Someday...someday, I will get there. Until, then...fill me in!!

Margie's Musings said...

How wonderful! That looks charming!

Linda said...

La belle France! Quite a change of scene for you - sounds like you're enjoying all that France has to offer.

becky said...

A trip to France?! Wow. It looks amazing. Walking the streets looks so lovely... and your local bounty... bread, cheese, wine... gosh, what's not to like! Looks like you had the most wonderful time. Good for you, making hte trip of a lifetime happen!