Thankful Thursdays – Mobility

{Well, mes amis, I have a lot of photos to share with you, but today (once again) it has to be a few iPhone photos from the last couple of weeks because the computer situation is nearly resolved but not quite. I think you get the gist of the places I’ve been frolicking even so.}

 

This Thankful Thursday, I am focusing on cherishing something I haven’t had much of outside of Paris these last few years: mobility. Having access to a car to see the villages and lesser-known places in France is so wonderful, as those are the times that you really appreciate the landscape and history of the country. Along the highways, France has excellent signage for its many châteaux, monuments, and places of interest, and trust me when I tell you it makes you want to pull over every few kilometers! Below are a few from recent “pull-over!” moments.

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Vix

Knowing that I was going to be in France around the grape harvest time, with access to a car for once, I was thrilled to pull over a couple of times to get to shoot the most beautiful field of vines.

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Île de Ré

This darling scene was taken while we were on Île de Ré, which was way bigger than I had thought, so I was very glad to have been able to see many of the towns on it (yes, there are several!). Going à vélo may be great in the summer, but not with tornado-strength winds and heavy rain.

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Monflanquin

This was an impromptu stop when driving through the Dordogne. It was a beautiful surprise to happen upon, and as I said on Instagram yesterday… when you see what looks like an enchanted village in the distance in France, always go have a look.

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Domaine de Ladoucette, Saint-Andelain

And this, as we were getting closer back to Paris, is a château spotted from the highway and simply too stunning to drive past without having a closer look. (And this is as close as I could get.)

In case you missed it, here is my France bucket list (to be updated/revised soon).

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