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Old Jul 29th, 2020, 12:19 PM
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Old Jul 29th, 2020, 01:08 PM
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ssander, your top photo, from Uzes, shows what beautiful stone there is to build with in France. The tourelle on the right, if that's what you'd call something so shallow, makes me wonder about the former state of the building.

In France, someone who's never paid attention to building stone can become a stone snob. I admit to having strong preferences for certain regions just because I like the local stone.
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Old Jul 29th, 2020, 02:36 PM
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The photo of the olives is from the market in Alres...I forgot to say that.
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Old Jul 29th, 2020, 09:04 PM
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(brushing viennoiserie crumbs away). Here's a few more...


Normandy Cemetary

Saint Michel

Minerve

St. Paul de Vence.... a mas where we stayed... now up for sale!

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Old Jul 30th, 2020, 04:52 AM
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gooster, I think you need to buy that place. Check under your sofa cushions for lost change and maybe you'll come up with enough.
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Originally Posted by Coquelicot View Post
gooster, I think you need to buy that place. Check under your sofa cushions for lost change and maybe you'll come up with enough.
Funny story, but my spouse sent me the listing with "wanna buy this". It wasn't serious.
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Old Jul 30th, 2020, 10:15 AM
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Scenes from a Breton village

In this case the village of Kerascoët in Finistere. Note the absence of people the day we visited.























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Old Jul 30th, 2020, 11:48 AM
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Gooster, I once sent some family members a photo of a house for sale in my favorite village in France, and not one of them offered to chip in. The chance of a lifetime, and they blew it! Same thing the next time I found a place to buy. My husband is anchored here so no house in France for us.

Gardyloo, I looked up your village and found several Kerascoets on Google maps. One place was marked "les chaumieres de Kerascoet." I take it that's your village? I'm going to put it on my eternal map of places to see on our next trip, or the one after that.

Today I found myself thinking fondly of CDG airport. Crazy, I know. I must really want to get back to France, because to me, Dulles and CDG are the worst parts of the trip.

Thanks to everybody who's been posting photos.

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Old Jul 31st, 2020, 05:58 AM
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Gardyloo, I looked up your village and found several Kerascoets on Google maps. One place was marked "les chaumieres de Kerascoet." I take it that's your village? I'm going to put it on my eternal map of places to see on our next trip, or the one after that.
Yes, that's the one. https://goo.gl/maps/n31UJVQggyJLJeJSA
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Old Jul 31st, 2020, 09:39 AM
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Coq, regarding buying property in Europe: seems the reason why some Italian village properties currently go for cheaper-than-expected is cause they are near earthquake fault lines. We were struck by that revelation.

I am done. The tremblor terremoto.
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@coquelicot What is your favorite village, if you don't mind me asking? The somewhat crazy thing here is, since we already have a place, my spouse was still looking at real estate listings!

Italy is also on the search path. There is that one area in Italy where several major fault lines converge, right in the center, near Abruzzo/Lazio/Umbria (but really, all down the central fault). Sicily has earthquakes and Etna, but still appeals (especially the less risk prone western end).
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When we saw what happened to Castelluccio in Umbria, two earthquakes, it was very sobering. Can't imagine the emotional upset and pain that followed, with all the mountain folk/residents forced (for good reason---ruptured gas lines) to depart for new homes elsewhere. Nearby Norcia is apparently directly atop the fault line, with a tragic history to prove it.

I am done. The relocation fantasy.


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Old Aug 1st, 2020, 02:22 PM
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gooster, I can't narrow it down. I've liked every Plus Beaux Village except one. I love flowery villages. One of my favorite days was driving a loop from Fougeres, seeing one flowery village to another.

Off the top of my head I would say my favorite to visit is Chedigny, near Loches. Do you know it? It's a very small village that's also a Jardin Remarquable. It's basically one street lined with small houses, but the buildings are planted with climbing and shrub roses as well as all kinds of perennials, all very well kept by the commune. The village recently opened a jardin de cure behind the church, with a tearoom overlooking the fruit and vegetable garden. The village also has a very good restaurant and sometimes a boulangerie, but that's about it.

As you probably know, lots of small villages in France are dying. Maybe some of them can be saved by all the Parisians now looking for a foot in the country, and not just for weekends. We know some small towns where Parisians have weekend homes and patronize the best chocolatiers and wine shops. It's an uneasy mix it seems to me since shops for the more well-to-do proliferate but small shops that serve local people don't prosper, and someone who wants to buy shoes for the kids can't do it in their own town anymore.

I'm married to the anchor, so I doubt we'll relocate to France, but that doesn't stop me from mentally buying houses wherever we go.

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The Gardens at Marqueyssac


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NoleNomad--wonderful shot! We were there 11 years ago when a massive storm erupted, an odd 'added value' for the visitor. Saw it brewing while we were in Beynac a couple hours prior. Seriously strange clouds were forming and the atmosphere became the epitome of 'eerie'. Mrs Z got some incredible shots of those clouds and maybe we can post them sometime.

At Marqueyssac, all visitors and staff were jammed safely inside the main building and we rode out the powerful storm together, folks of all ages and stripes. The following morn, trees were down and lanes blocked throughout the area. Our Sarlat-based taxi driver (Allo Phillippe!) had to drive across his neighbour's lawn in order to get out for our rendezvous.
Again thx for this nice photo.

I am done. The raw storm.
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Thank you very much, zebec, for your compliment and for sharing your story of Marqueyssac and your fantastic photos with us.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2020, 07:10 AM
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Ahhhh Marqueyssac! What a lovely place. The comments and photos above bring back fond memories
of our visit several years ago. We happened to be there during Heritage weekend and were able to meet the owner and tour his beautiful villa on the property. Even though he didn’t speak English and we don’t speak French he was quite gracious and proudly showed us around.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2020, 01:14 PM
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Wow, was I mixed up on that last post.
Yes, we loved Marquessac Gardens and spent a whole afternoon there. But it was at Eryignac Gardens that we were invited to see the manor house on Heritage Weekend during that trip to The Dordogne.
Both gardens are not to be missed if you are in that area of France.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2020, 01:20 PM
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NoleNomad, that angle shows Marqueyssac off very well. I know the gardeners prune continually, but the photo makes it look like you were there just after they'd completed the job to perfection.
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