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