Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Walk through the French Countryside

One of the nicest things about being in the French countryside is the lovely walks one can enjoy in the fall. We decided to walk to town and enjoy lunch at a local bistro, Kiki and Minou. What better way to work up an appetite?
The view was spectacular. Newly plowed fields, an occasion a cow and of course clumps of trees looking as though they were designed by a local landscaper. They sky was cloudy and a bit dark, but we decided to carry umbrella's to ensure it wouldn't rain. Besides we had Olivier on stand-by to pick us up. After all, we are sugar and we wouldn't want to melt.
French Town signs are so charming. They really tell it like it is.
Welcome to Espinesse Vozelle.
You are now leaving .....make no bones about it.
Lots of wild flowers were found along the route. This Queen Ann's Lace, or Chigger Bush as we called it in Ohio,  was just blooming.
We passed picturesque homes and gardens.
I love this driveway mirror.
Looks to good to be true, doesn't it?
Les Creux, means Slack periods.
The way I post my blog these days I should hang this sign over my own front door!
What was truly wonderful were the flowers that had taken route in the most unexpected places.
I am always a sucker for flowers falling over a fence.
The local school was charming, like a WW2 movie set. 
For some reason this place caught my heart. maybe it was the pink door and blue shutters. It just kept calling my name. " Pam, fill my yard with flowers, build a fountain, cook in my kitchen."
Something about those blue shutters....
And of course pink roses!
We posed under the road sign. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to just close your eyes and choose a destination.
And then the food!
But that's another blog.
All photos and text are property of The Gypsy Chef


  1. You look great!Happy New Year!

    What a nice time you must have had.It's just perfect there isn't it?

  2. Happy New Year, Pam, I've missed you!. The pics of the countryside are too beautiful and just seeing flowers after the weather we have had... well it's a New Years gift. Have a great 2011~!

  3. I was just thinking about you. Glad to see you back! Want to hear more.

  4. Happy New Year Pam! So good to have you back with all the lovely photo's and little tidbits. The images brought back a lot of memories for me - the WW2 movie set atmosphere is so accurate!
    ...those village signs with the red marks thru them always bring a smile to my face...
    Have a great year!

  5. I love your photos, Pam. They bring back lots of memories.
    I've missed you and hope you are making it through the NY big snow!

  6. I am so happy to have found your lovely blog. I will be back often as I am now a follower. Thank you for the tour of the French countryside~ ~lovely.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  7. Hey Pam, I want to go for a walk with you in the French countryside (smile)! Glad you are enjoying such things, and, yes, an walk really does get the appetite going. I love that!

  8. Nana, Thanks! I feel great now that I've finished Trig! Yikes! The France trip was wonderful! I am counting the days until I go back!

    Deana, It's good to be back. Can't wait to visit your blog!

    Sarah, I was thinking about you too. How's the demo going? Done yet?

    Barbara, I was stuck in SFO for 5 days! A paid vacation!

    Kate, I wanted you there!

    Ahrisha, Thanks for visiting. I'll be popping over to your blog.

    Stella, Hey Witchy Woman, good to hear from you!