Typically French

…Typically French of course! Did you think this was going to be a negative and moaning post? No chance! The sun came out this week, and showed us all the things we love about France, so my word of the week is therefore

typically:  Adverb ; in a way that shows all the characteristics that you would expect from the stated person, thing or group;

and I’m going to show you some of the typically French things we discovered.

Last week Paul painted our typically French shutters on Chataigne House a lovely French blue (the same blue as last year and the year before, as they need doing quite regularly- look out for the forthcoming maintenance post!)

French shutters
Painting the shutters

Hubby and I also had a rare night out alone together, to a gorgeous local place called the Mad Hatter’s Kitchen, which is run by Brits but is a typically quaint French house with shabby chic decor and great food.

Mad Hatters Restaurant
The Mad Hatters Kitchen, Caunay, France

The boys went to Planet of Crocodiles (we have a full post about it here). OK, this isn’t typically French, but it was a great adventure for them! One of the reasons the boys wanted to go was because Hugo had to learn about crocodiles for his school homework (although typically, he left his homework at school so we’re not entirely sure what he was supposed to do!)


The whole family visited a typical French marche in our nearby town, and the sights and sounds were something to behold. I’m writing about that separately too, as we have so many beautiful images to share! Look out for that, I’ll link to it later when it’s ready.

We also had the typical holiday barbeque, including langoustines which we had bought at the market earlier.

Barbecue BBQ
Outdoor barbecue with langoustines from the market

Later in the week we visited a fabulous place called Vallee des Singes (Valley of the Monkeys), which is all outdoors with many varieties of monkeys roaming free. (Full post is here). Is this typical of French ecology at work? I’m not sure, but it has become a typical visit for us because it’s very close by and we love it so much!

Valley of the monkeys
My little monkeys love Valley of the Monkeys

Typically, Toby wanted to take some animals home. This time, it was the little baby kids. “I just can’t leave them!” he said.

Little goats
Toby wanted to adopt a little kid!

Finally, yesterday we visited another of our favourites, possibly one of the most beautiful villages you could wish for, Vertuille-sur Charentes. It has the typical fairytale French chateau, and beautiful riverside walks and cafes, bridges, flowers, everything really! Look at the photos and you’ll see why we love it so much!

Castle Verteuille
Chateau Verteuille – fairytale castle
Verteuille cafe
Riverside walk and cafe in Verteuille
Verteuille cafe
Another cafe by the river in Verteuille
Shop in France
Lovely French flower shop boutique in Verteuille

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16 Replies to “Typically…”

  1. RachelSwirl says: Reply

    Looks like you have had a lot of french fun!
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      We did, thanks!

  2. Gosh that looks fantastic, the barbecue is my cuppa tea, looks so relaxed and fun #kacols
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Geraldine, we’ve had a great time!

  3. Pauline Varty says: Reply

    Looks like a great place for families. Lots for the kids to do and lovely accommodation.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Pauline, yes we all love it!

  4. oh, those pictures are all so lovely, and evocative. And I want to go to Mad Hatters now, looks amazing #kcacols

    1. Mad Hatters is great – I’ll do a full post soon. They have a summer music festival too, I can’t wait!

  5. Oh this looks and sounds wonderful! Ive got good memories of holidays in france as a child #KCACOLS

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Becky, I’m hoping my boys will form happy childhood memories here too.

  6. The plant of crocodiles sounds amazing I need to go there now. Now!! #kcacols

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Haha we just showed my mum and she said the same thing!

  7. Looks like a beautiful place! And love Franch markets and the food. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thank you Nadia x

  8. All looks fantastic. The photo of all those places are beautiful. i wish I can be there in the sun. It has been miserable here in London, raining every day, dark and humid. I’m in desperate need of a holiday and after reading this post I think I need to book something soon, maybe in France, 😉 Thanks so much for sharing this at KCACOLS. Lovely to have you, x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I hope we’ve tempted you Franca, it’s a lovely place x

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