Elegant Christmas in France


I have been staying in a rural part of mid-west France, villages with stone houses shuttered with blue, cream houses with slate roofs lining the Loire, and row upon row of grapevines, empty of grapes and leaves but still so evocative of the area.  Chateaus with crumbling walls are dotted throughout.


There are very few signs of Christmas here in France. Houses and stores have tiny little Christmas trees are placed elegantly against iron grilled windows and balconies.

DSC07979If there are Christmas lights, they are unobtrusive and tastefully done


Restaurants have a festive, but never overdone decor with inviting roaring fires




Local markets are the ideal place for choosing the perfect Christmas present

One early evening, driving back from a nearby village,  the sun setting was so achingly beautiful, we were almost sobbing, and  kept pulling over to take photos.  Edging the roads, there were rows of tall thin trees with clumps of mistletoe clinging to them making them look like Dr. Seuss characters.


About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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One Response to Elegant Christmas in France

  1. You made it sound so tasteful and charming – a respite from the tackiness of malls…thanks

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