Waterlogue Wednesdays: French Countryside Exploring

 Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, France, Loire Valley, Pays de la Loire, Angers, French countryside
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 Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, France, Loire Valley, Pays de la Loire, Angers, French countryside
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 Julia Willard, Falling Off Bicycles, Waterlogue, watercolor, France, Loire Valley, Pays de la Loire, Bangnoles de l'Orne, French countryside
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On my first trip to France, I spent five days doing a whirlwind trip to Paris followed by a homestay in Marseille for two weeks. The train ride across the country and our subsequent excursions in and around Provence quickly showed me that France is dense with beautiful scenery. Rolling hills, green pastures, mountains, and beaches; this country has it all.

I have been fortunate this week to spend some time in the French countryside deep in the Loire Valley. I visited Angers (first two photos) and some nearby towns including Mayenne and Bagnoles de l’Orne. All across the region sit beautiful châteaux of all sizes, many waiting to be purchased and renovated and some sitting vacant for years already. To make use of these gems in the crown of the patrimoine française, some of them (such as the one in Bagnoles) has been repurposed as the local Mairie. I am so glad to see this gorgeous place being put to good use. It’s so sad to think of so many falling into ruins. Anyone up for the purchase and subsequent long-term maintenance of a couple-dozen-room château?? 😉

Images brought to you by moi and Waterlogue.

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