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We have just returned from a family holiday in the Loire and I was captivated by the ‘Frenchness’ of it all – what have they got that we haven’t?!

Their roads are straighter and lack potholes, the lettuces in the supermarket still have soil on them and there is a lot more space generally to enjoy the countryside. Their strawberry tarts look daintier than ours and their roses do not seem to have any signs of black spot and the morning walk to the boulangerie is just wonderful!

The twins were not quite so entranced with the beautiful French countryside or the fairy tale chateaux but found happiness in a sloping field where they played cricket and football and they also loved climbing the rope ladder in the garden and going to the little play park!!

I shall try to add pictures now of the style and the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of the French!

The gardens at the Chateau of Villandry were truly spectacular and I hope that these next photos do them justice.

The clever use of flowers was everywhere to be seen: outside churches, in the streets and in the gardens – all so pretty.

The sight of poppies in the fields was particularly poignant.

I shall end with the view from the field that the twins loved playing in and of the two of them enjoying France in their own special ways! The fountain kept them amused for ages!

‘Une baguette s’il vous plait et 6 croissants!’

Aurevoir mes amis!

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What a lovely area, Chris, brings back memories of our holiday.It's such an interesting area and enjoys the slow pace of life.The typical French restaurant looked quaint.Can't wait for our trip to the Alsace in Sept.

12 Jun, 2014

 

So charming, love it :O) I wouldn't mind a game of cricket in that field :O) Glad you had a great time lovely places and gorgeous gardens, although not quite my style. lol :O)

12 Jun, 2014

 

What a lovely area the Loire is, a beautiful place to wind down, we visited 15years ago and loved the sleepy town which is steeped in history and decked in flowers, also the pace of life so much more relaxed than ours. We also visited the Gardens of Villandry which were a joy to see. Thanks for showing the pictures a lovely trip down Memory Lane

12 Jun, 2014

 

Is it a case of seeing things with 'holiday eyes', Wildrose? It does look beautiful though but, for me, there is no place like home - proper old stick in the mud I am :)

Lovely to see the twins again, growing up fast. My two girls were 48 today!

12 Jun, 2014

 

Gee, the little boys are 4 later this month and are growing up fast!
It could have been 'holiday eyes' in a way but when we got back to Plymouth everywhere seemed so squashed together and crowded - we are such a small island and wide open spaces are at a premium here. I have loved being back home though in so many ways :-)

Oliveoil,we played cricket as the sun was setting and it was truly lovely. I managed to catch the ball now and then which came as a great surprise to everybody else playing!!!

Pansypotter, it was a great place to wind down and relax even with the boys to keep occupied!

Meadowland, I wish you a really happy holiday in Alsace - you will love it I am sure.

12 Jun, 2014

 

Hi Chris
the twins are growing quickly :o)

Super pics of flowers and French countryside ..
good to know you enjoyed your holiday. x

12 Jun, 2014

 

Hello Terra, it was a lovely holiday and now we are catching up with the many jobs in the garden! Nice to be home though :-)

12 Jun, 2014

 

What a wonderful place. I must add it to my list of 'places to visit'
I have visited France myself, but not this area. It looks great. The gardens would seem to be well worth a visit.
I couldn't help thinking the photo of the Restaurant looks just like the one from 'allo 'allo.
To answer your question, 'what have they got, we haven't?' space, Chris, space and lots of it.

12 Jun, 2014

 

:o) x

12 Jun, 2014

 

oh Chris, you have hit the nail on the head...and your photos have totally captured the beautiful laid-back rural idyll that is France. I love it so much! My OH not so captivated sadly. But I can visit vicariously through your pics! :))

12 Jun, 2014

 

How wonderful,Chris..I'm so glad you all had a lovely holiday..We haven't been to the Loire either,just day trips out to a few other places..but I agree,it has a special feel of it's own..those little quaint villages and shops are wonderful,aren't they? and I can almost smell that fresh bread..beats your bog standard sliced,any day :o)
Lovely to see your little sweethearts enjoying themselves too..just ideal for children..
Our little man will be jetting back from Spain tomorrow..probably like a mini bronzed Adonis ! lol..we can't wait to see him on Saturday,and neither can his mum..:o)...ah well,at least you will have got all your washing dry since you came back ! ha ha.x

12 Jun, 2014

 

Fantastic pics Chris, I'm still drooling. I love France and the Loire valley looks like a particularly beautiful part. How odd that the boys don't appreciate its loveliness lol. They are growing up fast. I want to see the Loire now:-))

12 Jun, 2014

 

I would happily return there as it was exceptionally well looked after and the villages were delightful. The bigger towns of Chinon and Saumur had lovely medieval buildings and wonderful markets.
As you can probably tell half of me is still there!

12 Jun, 2014

 

Bloomer....and it's ironed!!
x

12 Jun, 2014

 

Clever so and so..but did you sew that button on ??? :o)

12 Jun, 2014

 

Oh dear you have made me so sad, we will not be going this year unfortunately....we both adore France, everything about it and also our family feel the same way (must be our French blood) the Loire is an amazing place to visit, we drove the whole length of it one year, loved your photographs brought back many happy memories.....and I will miss all those beautiful cakes....

12 Jun, 2014

 

That was lovely. I'm glad you and the twins enjoyed. It looks so calm there ...

13 Jun, 2014

 

It is much calmer Hywel, now that the twins have left!!!
You are so right though, there is a calmness and gentleness about the whole area.

Bloomer, as the blouse is spotted with creosote and wood-stain in a nice shade of bluey/green, I shall not be bothering to sew on the missing button as the blouse is solely for painting sheds and fences!!!! I become a little devil when I have to thread a needle!

Many thanks for all your lovely comments and I am very pleased that so many of you like the area and enjoyed the photos.
x

13 Jun, 2014

 

Lovely set of photo's Wildrose, pleased you had a good holiday....

13 Jun, 2014

 

Lol,Chris,you are forgiven..I don't like sewing buttons on either,or any kind of sewing,to tell the truth :o)..Russell waited that long,needing his trousers for work ,having the hem sewn up,his work mate stapled them ! Lol..x

14 Jun, 2014

 

It looks such a relaxing place Wildrose it has that air of timeless elegance about it. I love the photo of that shuttered window with its old stone windowsill and the pots of pelargoniums.

15 Jun, 2014

 

Stroller that is just what it had 'timeless elegance'. I can't get it out of my mind and we have been home over a week now.

Thank you all for your interest and nice comments.
x

16 Jun, 2014

 

What lovely pictures. There's nothing to beat a family holiday - so glad you had a good time :-)

16 Jun, 2014

 

Whereabouts did you stay Chris? I'm planning a little holiday for next year and love the look of the village and want to play in the fountain too:-) I'm putting it on my faves to cheer me up:-))

21 Jun, 2014

 

The fountain is in Chinon but we stayed at a small village called Montsoreau in the Loire. Look it up, it has a nice chateau and excellent boulangerie.There were also other pretty villages nearby.

I really loved it there and want to return to see it all again. I am sure you would like it too.

22 Jun, 2014

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