LA BELLE FRANCE
Just a short word (honestly)! – On Sunday morning as I was driving from Le Puy Notre Dame into Doué la Fontaine, for my Bar Preservation Society meeting, I just had to stop the car and pull over to take this picture of one of the regions beautiful rolling rose fields, alongside the baled hay with vineyards in the background. It conjures up dreamlike days and is pure picture postcard France at its best! Doué la Fontaine is home of the rose and is grown here in enormous numbers and varieties and celebrated annually in a superbly scented and colourful festival called les Journées de la Rose to which people come not only from all over France, but from all over the world. The picture really sums up the small region around Le Puy Notre Dame, roses, wine and agriculture. We have many guests in our holiday accommodation who often say that the region is picture postcard France and they are right. The Loire in general is quite flat being all about the majestic river, (at least when it has any water in it!). But in the wine appellation regions scattered along its length you suddenly start to see vine covered slopes and fantastic views. All you have to do is to spend a little time exploring the little lanes and byways.
Anyway, hope you share my pleasure of this snap!