Tuesday, 26 May 2015

French Road Trip

France is a beautiful country, this is an absolute fact.  At the start of May we packed up our  Vintique Tree van and embarked on our French road trip adventure.  After visiting Paris many times we were ready to explore a different region of France so we took the Eurostar to Calais and travelled down the coast road following our plotted route on our map and stopping off where ever we fancied along the way. All I can say is that it was completely brilliant, the sense of adventure tripping along the white cliffs by the sea and getting lost in the depths of countryside with no other car for miles was just fantastic.

We stopped in a different location every night and met some lovely b&b owners along the way, ate too many croissants for breakfast and picnicked on fresh baguettes and pear jam picked up fresh from a local bakery everyday. I can't believe how much I yearn to be back there since we got home!

It is hard to get across how beautiful it was in pictures.  When we visited the ch√Ęteaus' I took so many pictures of interiors and furniture, it was so inspiring in terms of antiques, colours and upholstery, but there will be more about this on a separate post. 
  




One of the prettiest b&b rooms I have stayed in for a long time!



Harbour at Honfleur


The beach at Deauville, I would love to go back there in the height of summer to see all the multicolour parasols open, it really had the old glamour feeling of a traditional beach resort, loved it!!


In France the World Wars are still fresh in the memory, there are signs, statues and stories of how France and the allies struggled and finally conquered. This was at the American war graves by Omah Beach, I felt very emotional here, it was so peaceful and a beautiful spot, but this is just one grave yard out of the hundreds around France, the crosses of the fallen seemed to go on forever. On the positive side, at least all of these brave men and woman are remembered and will never be forgot. This was a beautiful final resting place for many so far from home.


Next up was Mont St Michel, now a tourist destination, but you can still really get the sense of history in this place...



The Chateau we called home for one night!


Fleeing Jewish people ran through the grand dining room of this chateau in WW2 to escape to the other side of the river which was still Free France.



Louis famous hunting lodge, Chambord

This Chateau was the inspiration for the castle in the Tin tin Books


Claude Monet Garden