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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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