10 Instagram Photos of a Little French Town Called Montaigu

Keeping up my Wednesday weekly photo blog feature that I seem to have started, next up is the very pretty little town of Montaigu France. In total honesty, I can’t remember that much about this very small place in the Pays de la Loire region of France, other than it was very quaint, charming and quiet.

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I went in 2007, ten years ago (er really!) when my sister was taking a year out after her A Levels, and was on a programme where she stayed with three different French families over a year to improve both her French and their English. It was probably one of the most rural places I’ve been to in France, a complete contrast to Paris, this was French country.


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We flew in to Nantes, which is about half an hours drive from Montaigu. Over the course of the trip we visit Nantes, Cougand and Montaigu, but these were the days before camera phones and Instagram, so the only photos I have are ones I took on a very clunky digital camera, and I only took photos in Montaigu.


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It’s such a shame really, as we stayed in a farmhouse with a little old couple – they were before their time, very similar to Air BnB! Caroline arranged it for us so we were near to where she lived at the time, and there just weren’t hotels about. I remember being given a full farmhouse breakfast, with homemade everything. I would honestly love to have that experience again, totally remote, no technology, just a real life experience of the middle of nowhere in France.


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On the Sunday we went in to Montaigu town, but aside from a few bakeries it was pretty much deserted. Sunday really was a day of rest after church, which stood right in the centre. Shutters were closed and the only people about were those enjoying the cold, clear Autumn day walking in pairs or with their dogs. We wandered around, and it was like a sleepy storybook town.


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We found the river, with an old stone bridge, and plenty of little alleyways and stone stairways. The whole town was stone built, with the odd white building, all with little red roofs and matching shutters. I’ve no idea if it still looks the same today, I really hope it does!


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Oooh I’ve remembered a lot more than I thought I did, this was just meant to be a photo post! These will be cropping up on Instagram soon, I’ve post some previously but I fully plan to share the rest.



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  • Mike Clegg
    26th January 2017

    Wow what a beautiful place. I’d never even heard of Montaigu before but it’s definitely a place I now want to visit. Thanks for the inspiration and congrats on taking such beautiful photographs.

  • Vicky
    26th January 2017

    This place looks so incredible!! looks like you had an amazing time!!

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  • Penny
    26th January 2017

    I absolutely adore the idea of staying in a farmhouse. It is just one of those things on my bucket list (which is ever growing!). I hope that I will get a chance to experience something of this accord on my next trip to Europe.

  • Shernice
    26th January 2017

    I have never heard of Montaigu before and I bet can’t even pronounce it the right way Haha! But your post makes me want to visit! Looks like a great place to escape everything. No people in sight. Just what I need. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

  • Nomadic Foot
    26th January 2017

    even this small place looking is so beautiful. It is well maintained and so peaceful.

  • Melissa
    26th January 2017

    Well I’ve never even heard of Montaigu (nor do I know exactly where it is), but I want to go there now! You captured such adorable photos, it really looks like the perfect little town.

  • Victoria Hawkins
    26th January 2017

    I only spent 1 1/2 days in France, in Paris. The country has so much to offer, the small towns are so picturesque! I’d love to return and spend more time.

  • Dmitriy
    27th January 2017

    Thank you for sharing your story about this amazing French town. I have visited France multiple times but I have never heard of this town before. Looks like you had an awesome time there.

  • Anne of "Anne's Scribbles and Doodles"
    27th January 2017

    A full farmhouse breakfast and a technology break sounds like a great retreat! I would love to try one for myself as well. I’ve never heard of Montaigu beforehand but it does remind me of the Montague family from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Are they pronounced alike? 🙂 Great photos btw. They look straight out of a Disney movie.

    xo, “Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles

  • Emily
    27th January 2017

    Quaint little town – I bet it was deserted on a Sunday. I’ve never heard of it before (and I lived in France!) The farmhouse experience sounds wonderful, what a lovely way to meet some local people.

  • Daphne from Girlswanderlust
    28th January 2017

    What a lovely photos! It sounds that you had a good time at the farmhouse and enjoyed all the homemade food. Would love to have a remote experience like that as well!

  • Chiera
    28th January 2017

    What a beautiful little town! These pictures are lovely!

  • Isobel Lee
    28th January 2017

    Looks like such a pretty spot! I love photo blogs and you did a great job here!

  • Cory Varga
    28th January 2017

    Great little pictures for sure! Loving them. Excellent skills. And now I want to visit France as well…

  • SindhuMurthy
    28th January 2017

    The countryside of France looks so serene and peaceful. the narrow alleys and the tiled roofs have something interesting in them which excites me. I would definitely love to spend a few peaceful days in such a location completely unplugged from the madness and rush in the digital world. I hope the place is still as charming as it was back then and has not yielded to the technological and digital revolution.

  • Robyn
    28th January 2017

    Gorgeous pictures. I love photo blog posts they get me super inspired to travel places. The look of your whole blog is gorgeous!!

  • Sara
    28th January 2017

    These photos are breathtaking. I’d never heard of this place in France but now it’s definitely on my places to go list!

  • Diana - MVMT Blog
    29th January 2017

    Montaigu looks like such a quaint, picturesque little town! I have only been to Paris in France before but have heard so many good things about other parts of France and really want to check out some smaller cities like Montaigu. Love your photos, and hopefully I’ll get to see this city for myself one day!

  • Sheena
    29th January 2017

    France is my favourite country & I’m explored quite a bit of it after 5 visits but I have to say that I’ve not even heard of Montaigu before. It looks so quaint & provincial and you seem to have it all to yourselves! Lovely photos, I look forward to seeing them on Instagram too 🙂

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