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Highlights: France

3 July 2010 7,085 views One Comment

La Reole outside of Toulouse is a beautiful little town. It’s what I have always imagined French towns to be like: on the river, an adundance of churches, a ‘town’ centre square, locals sitting in said square drinking coffee. We stayed at La Tuilerie, a beautiful, remote farmhouse with the biggest dining table I have ever seen. No matter where we walked around La Reole or La Tuilerie it was all gorgeous rolling fields, little streams, peacefulness and, naturally, screaming French lorry drivers.

Before dinner in Cahors

in Lot is a bigger town but I thought no less charming. I suppose I’ve been in Australia too long but I just love the sight of so much original stone work!
We experienced some, er, challenging driving before actually enjoying the town…The riverfront was really pretty. There were heaps of squares with cute bars and coffee shops. We had the most delicious meal at one of the little restaurants – perfect melon entrees, fish mains, some cracking wine.
And the Saturday market was an art house film set dream: ladies walking around with baskets, piles of fresh produce, the smell of cheese, aah.

Last stop of the trip was Chateaux Belcaire in Belcaire. It was massive, and stunning. Between the outstanding views, the peaceful surrounds and the extremely well stocked fridge and larder :) we had the most relaxing, food filled few days here.

Le Pavillon du Lac, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris. This is a beautiful park in Paris and this simple (oh why are all French things just simple but elegant and fabulous?!?!) restaurant is in the perfect spot. Ideal for people watching, catching rays and nibbling cheese. The waitress we had was also great fun, charming and energetic – she even broke out in song.

And naturally the biggest highlight of being in France was racking in bottles of Bordeaux red for sub five Euros, sampling the range of superb cheeses – again SO cheap, and carbing up on beautiful croissants & baguettes. Ridiculous. Excellent.

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