It had been two years since I’d been in France and it was great to be back, especially to be there in the middle of summer when the fields around the house were vibrant with sunflowers. We did go to a couple of brocantes, though I didn’t purchase a single thing, my best friend who joined me on this trip came back with several suitcases filled with her finds. This vacation was really all about eating and drinking well (when is it not I suppose), with long hours spent lounging poolside reading and doing little else. Below are some of my favorite pictures from the trip. Wish I were back there now!
Fields and fields of sunflowers greeted us everywhere we went.
The hedgerows were overflowing with all types of wild plums and berries. This is a wild Mirabelle plum tree, my favorite. Sadly they were not yet ripe so we weren’t able to pick and put up jam this trip–though there was a promise for some to be made for me to retrieve next visit!
Always curious to find out what they are catching in their nets. These little huts dot the coastline.
We visited one of our favorite little towns in the area: Talmont-sur-Gironde.
Loved this giant, old clamshell that held holy water in a tiny coastal church.
Found a whole entryway to a house framed with one of my favorites, the passion flower vine. We’re planting them along the kitchen garden wall!
First visit to Chateau de Beaulon and I am completely smitten with their delicious pineau (a speciality of the region) and cognacs. Came back with as much as my suitcase could carry.
The other thing Chateau de Beaulon is known for are the “Les Fontaines Bleues” which you can tour on the estate grounds. Their color is unlike anything I have ever seen. That’s it for today. More to come next week.