Friday, 15 August 2008

La belle France: 2008

Back from another tranquil meander around France. As last year, we travelled by car, using the highly civilised Chunnel crossing, rather than the ferry.

Our travels took us in a large diamond shape, from Calais at the top to the Limousin area in the south. Five B&Bs - one in England in both directions, two in France each way - and two gites for a week each. You can see the locations here.

The more masochistic reader may wish to begin our travels here, and then click on Newer Post after each entry to move to the next bit. Some individual photos are included; some link to a set of photographs on Picasa.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

On to the Limousin

We crossed the country south-west to end up in what must be pretty much the centre of France. Here the countryside became more interesting again, with beautiful mountains and greenery; and we arrived at our second gite.

Run by English couple Rachel & Jamie, we loved the little Gite au Chez, and relished sitting in the garden under the tree, eating supper, gossiping, and watching the mad careering of the hirondelles. A simply furnished, light and comfortable bedroom, excellent shower, and beautiful views.

France 2008: Le Gite au Chez

A week in Burgundy

The Burgundy area - or, at least, this part of it - wasn't actually one of the nicest we've stayed in. The scenery is a bit unexciting, and the nearby towns felt a little utilitarian, to say the least. However, we enjoyed some excursions to enjoyable places.

The church in Vezelay

The striking spring in the middle of Tonnerre

Selwyn in the Abbaye de Quincy