Another side of France

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When you think about France what is the first city that pops into your mind? I bet it’s Paris or maybe Marseille or Bordeaux. When we visit a country we usually stay in the biggest cities or just travel down to the seaside where we spend days lying at the beach, letting go of all the worries with the crashing of the waves. Whilst I am travelling France I’m discovering different sides of the country and I find them all equally interesting and unique. Having stayed near the seaside in the west of France for a while I took the bus down to Narbonne and stayed with a French family in the countryside for a short period of time. The drive from the city to the countryside took my breath away, never had I expected such beauty at the side of the road. We came across a bridge and a tiny river – the place was so idyllic it could have been straight out of a fairytale. Luckily we went back there a couple of days later to have a picnic near the water – I was more than happy not to be missing this perfect photo opportunity. I also got to explore the rest of the village and I have to say, it really impressed me. Despite being a small village it offers a lot and it surprised me that there weren’t tourists as the village was certainly the perfect place to relax. 
 
One day I climbed up all the way to the top of an old castle – or the remains of an old castle, I should add – and the view was simply breath-taking. You could see the wineries, the wild nature and the centre of the village and I stayed up there for a while, taking about a million pictures and then just enjoying what was in front of me. Staying in a small village for a while was a really interesting and new experience for me as I grew up in a city and never really stayed in the countryside for a longer period of time. And although I am a big city girl at heart I have to admit that living in the countryside has its perks, it is really quiet and peaceful and you are closer to nature than you’ll ever be in the city. When you are visiting a new country I know it is tempting to visit all the tourist hotspots and spend your time exploring the biggest cities and the most talked about sights – but sometimes it is worth venturing out and exploring another side of a country, you might never know the beauty it holds. So get creative, take the road less travelled by and write your own adventures. 
 
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  • These pictures are stunning! I am guilty of visiting big cities but I have been to stay in a little village in France for a week – Le Bouisson de Cadouin near Bergerac. It was absolutely beautiful and so relaxing, sometimes it's nice to have a break from the big cities!
    Amy xx
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  • These look absolutely breath-taking! I always try to visit less touristy places when travelling. Yeah, I admit, it would be nice to visit Paris but it would be amazing to also visit less known places and cities in France. I like just taking a car and exploring on my own rather than sticking to a tour 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Oh my goodness it looks absolutely stunningly gorgeous there! It looks almost medieval or something, it's so beautiful. Travelling Australia, I've been to all the stereotypical places that people travel to along the East coast as a kind of "package" as such. I don't regret doing it in the slightest, but it's made me realise that the best places are the ones least travelled in my opinion as I wasn't a fan of all these touristy attractions to be honest. Growing up, I went on a lot of holidays to peculiar places because my parents are the same, they don't like big tourist traps. You get to see the real country when you're more secluded I feel. A big example of this is when we went to Egypt – we didn't see the pyramids, and China – we didn't see the great wall. Although it would have been awesome to see them I still enjoyed my trip thoroughly and still love the countries.

    Katie
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  • My family and I have holidayed in France every single year of my life…so I totally concur that the lesser explored regions are JUST as beautiful as the main ones (though I do love Paris!!). Some of the most pretty towns I've ever visited have been places I'd never heard of before. And the plus side is that they are soooo much cheaper too…aka more money for wining and dining!

    And, genuinely, these photographs made me so gooey and happy. You've captured France so beautifully and I just want to step inside my screen!

    Katie.
    xx La Coco Noire

  • I completely agree with you and breaks from the city also make me love the city even more. xx

  • Thank you! That sounds amazing, I definitely prefer that too. And visiting the less touristy places in France is definitely an adventure and there are actually some French cities I would choose over Paris any time 🙂 xx

  • I completely agree, it looks really medieval and I also loved that. I know exactly what you mean, I did that in some places and although there usually is a reason why many people visit, touristy spots can get really crowded and sometimes it gets even hard to tell which country you're in because there are no locals. That is amazing and I would definitely prefer that, I love getting to know a culture properly. And I think some of these places are quite overrated. xx

  • Thank you very much, I am really happy to hear that! That sounds amazing, France is perfect for holidays and you're absolutely right, small villages are perfect for (inexpensive) dining – and they often have the best patisserie. I also love some big cities in France, especially Bordeaux and Nice have conquered my heart. xx

  • I love the idea of taking the road less travelled… I really wish I travelled more, I'm not off anywhere this year sadly, but I'd love to do some exploring, away from the main hotspots. I think country sides are so peaceful and tranquil, I love them I feel at ease, but then again cities are also fun and bursting with colour and people. I tend to want to take random paths, search unknown places, I think it's so interesting!
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

  • Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I would love to visit somewhere as beautiful as this 🙂 The castle remains are spectacular! What a lovely piece of history 🙂

    Have a great week dear,

    El xxx

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  • It's so beautiful! You're right about how we always want to go to the big cities, but there's so much to see in all the smaller towns! I'm happy you had a great time!
    xx
    Ana
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  • Your photos are stunning Mira, I love reading about your travels in France. The castle looks beautiful, I love traveling I done a lot of traveling to lots of villages in North wales and it great to be somewhere less touristy. I would love to travel around the less known parts of France after reading your posts :)xx

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  • It's Paris or Cannes that pops into my mind, but this place looks lovely!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  • Beautiful photos! This really makes me want to visit France now since usually I always see the typical scenery, but this is a side I haven't seen and it looks amazing <3

    Stacey + thebambieyes.com

  • Ohh I never imagined France having this beautiful views. I've always thought of the big cities just like what you've said. It's nice to see something different. I'm sure you had a great time there. It just looks so relaxing!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA // BORACAY Travel Diary

  • Wow, that place seems like fairytale, so beautiful <3
    I feel like I am watching a movie scene here 🙂

    xoxo,

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  • What gorgeous pictures! I wish I'd known about this last year when I went to Paris – we got all the touristy stuff done on the first day and were at a loss for the remainder of our holiday, it would have been good to get off the beaten track like this 🙂 x

    Viva Epernay

  • That's the best thing about travelling, stepping into the unknown and finding beauty at the most random places. And you're right, both the countryside and the big cities have their perks. And I also don't think that we always have to leave the country to go and explore. 😉 xx

  • Thank you! It is a really special place xx

  • Exactly, we often forget that even the smallest villages hold such beauty xx

  • Thank you, that means a lot and it makes me happy to hear that I've inspired you! I would love to explore North Wales, I've only been to Cardiff so far. xx

  • True! xx

  • Thank you! And I also love seeing a scenery that is less know xx

  • I definitely did, it was really calm and relaxing. We often forget that countries are more than what the media shows xx

  • You're right! xx

  • I know exactly what you mean, there are so many places we don't even know and have never heard of. I'm sure you had a great time in Paris though xx

  • Such lovely pictures! I always correlate France with The Eiffel Tower and bright lights. It's so nice to see another side of such a beautiful country 🙂 Loved this post xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  • Thank you! And don't worry, I think most people do and that's why it's refreshing to see a different side of a country. xx

  • Hey dear,
    I really like your posts and you have great pictures. Would you like to support each other and follow on my social medias?(Google +, Facebook, Instagram. GFC, Bloglovin). I would do the same. That would be so cool, and I hope we stay in touch. 🙂 Sorry if I disturbed you with my comment!

    Greetings, Sophia xx
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  • I have been obsessed with France for so long. Although I already know the first time I get to go I will spend the trip living out my Parisian dream, I hope one day that I get to travel France properly – exploring the beautiful countryside and all the little villages.

    These photos just cemented those thoughts of mine. Love that gorgeous castle.

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au

  • These photos are so incredibly beautiful. I would love to explore this gorgeous place. I've never been to France but I would give anything to visit. Sounds like you had such a wonderful time :')

    Katie // Words By Katie

  • Thank you! xx

  • Thanks xx

  • Paris is a beautiful city and I get that you want to see it first. You can still explore the other places later xx

  • Thank you, I definitely did! xx

  • Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a brilliant time! x

    Victoria | http://www.victoriaahelenn.blogspot.co.uk

  • Thank you! I did xx

  • I'd love to visit France one day, Paris and one of the smaller cities. I love ruins and anything that looks medieval so your pictures really made me very happy! 😀

    Sally – DiagonSally

  • I'm glad I could brighten your day a bit haha xx

  • Kay

    You know hun, I actually LOVE rural countrysides like this. Not much of a buzzing city person, peace and quiet and beautiful sights are more my thing, and the photos you've shared are deffo just so stunning! 🙂 <3 I actually had a similar experience during my holiday to Morocco… Marrakesh itself, way too busy and loud, but the more rural parts of Morocco were absolutely stunning! Sometimes it's deffo worth taking the less travelled road. 🙂 <3

    Kay
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  • It makes me happy that you enjoyed this post! Even though I am a big city person at heart, I can understand that the countryside has some perks, it is so quiet and peaceful. I actually just read your post and it was a perfect example of how the road less travelled by can be more interesting. xx