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Wall, Chaumussay, France

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It seems every direction we look we see ancient stone walls being reclaimed by the earth. It’s part of the beauty and charm of the smaller villages here in France, especially during the winter season. Besides the odd town resident sighting, it’s mainly what introduces life and colour into the otherwise quiet and stark concrete backdrop of each town. This photos is taken from the front facade of a home in a very small town called Chaumussay and nearly the only area of stone left uncovered.

 

Wall, Chaumussay, France

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I think these weathered and time worn walls would make great paintings on canvas, cracks and all. Hmmmm, side project? Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Wall, Chaumussay, France

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I think these weathered and time worn walls would make great paintings on canvas, cracks and all. Hmmmm, side project? Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Wall, Chaumussay, France

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It’s amazing the way plant life continues to dominate these ancient stone structures. Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Wall, Chaumussay, France

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It’s amazing the way plant life continues to dominate these ancient stone structures. Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Wall, Chaumussay, France

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And so it begins. Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Door, Chaumussay, France

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Doorway. Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Kitten,Chaumussay, France

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I spy with my little eye… Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Doorway, Chaumussay, France

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Very short doorway. Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Chaumussay, France

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Either way you choose to go, you’re gauranteed an exceptionally twisty and picturesque ride. Leaving Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Tree, Chaumussay, France

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Farmhouse, near Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Les Frippieres Cottages, Chaumussay, Loire Valley, France

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Le Fleuve cottage. Just one of the three dream cottages available from rent at Les Frippieres, near Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Loire Valley, France, route planning

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Route planning at Les Frippieres. Thank goodness for Ken and Linda Mason, who so thoughtfully supply each cottage with a heafty pile of area brochures and maps of places to visit in the Loire Valley. We wouldn’t have had the opportunity to visit quite as many places as we did during our stay, without help. The area is chalk full of great villages, chateaus, parks and roads to explore.

 

Les Frippieres Cottages, Chaumussay, Loire Valley, France

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Books. Some of the little home sweet home touches that each Gite owner leaves for their guests. It’s interesting to see how the selection of books, movies, magazines and just decor in general vary from one owner to the next. I like to think of it as a little glimpse into who they are as individuals. La Lune cottage, Les Frippieres near Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Clock, Les Frippieres, Chaumussay, France

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Clock. La Lune cottage, Les Frippieres. Near Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Owl Breakfast, Les Frippieres, Chaumussay, France

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Hoo hoo’s hungry? Ham and cheese melts under sunny eggs. Yum. Petit déjeuner du jour to get us ready for a day of two-wheel touring through the stunning Loire Valley.

 

Les Frippieres Cottages, Chaumussay, Loire Valley, France

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Window dressing. La Lune cottage, Les Frippieres, near Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Les Frippieres Cottages, Chaumussay, Loire Valley, France

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Fleur de Lis cottage botanicals. Pretty and peculiar. Les Frippieres, near Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Les Frippieres Cottages, Chaumussay, Loire Valley, France

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Fleur de Lis cottage, Les Frippieres, near Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Les Frippieres Cottages, Chaumussay, Loire Valley, France

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Holy bush in full bloom. Le Fleuve cottage, Les Frippieres, near Chaumussay, France. Loire Valley.

 

Chateau d'azay le ferron, France

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Odd branches. Chateau d’azay le ferron, France. Loire Valley.

 

Chateau d'azay le ferron, France

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The groomed gardens of Chateau d’azay le ferron, France. Loire Valley.

 

Abbey of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe, France

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Abbey Saint-Savin, also referred to as Abbey of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe, is a commune in the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France. The columns and surrounding walls are all adorned with brilliant Romanesque hand painted murals. Saint-Savin, France.

 

Abbey of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe, France

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Abbey Saint-Savin, also referred to as Abbey of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe, is a commune in the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France. The columns and surrounding walls are all adorned with brilliant Romanesque hand painted murals. Saint-Savin, France.

 

Saint-Savin, France

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There’s no question, this sweet man is as much of a fixture in this town as that tree he’s standing next to. Saint-Savin, France.

 

Loire Valley Wild Chickens, France

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Runaway roosters, Loire Valley, France.

 

Creperie, Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France

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Creperie, Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France.

 

Poterie, Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France

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Poterie, this way. Amazing view, straight ahead! Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France.

 

Door, Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France

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Gateway. Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France.

 

Door, Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France

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Doorway. Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France.

 

Wall, Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France

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Deeply rooted. Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France.

 

Wall, Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France

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Deeply rooted. Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France.

 

Wall, Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France

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Deeply rooted. Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France.

 

Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France

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This way to donjon (dungeon). Medieval Village, Chauvigny, France.

 

Staircase, Medieval Lorges, France

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Stairway. Medieval Village, Loches, France.

 

Staircase, Medieval Lorges, France

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Oh how I love autumn. Stairway to medieval Loches, France.

 

Medieval Loches, France.

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The spot where Joan of Arc met the king after her victory in Orleans. Medieval Loches, France.

 

Medieval Loches, France.

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Doorway, medieval Loches, France.

 

Medieval Loches, France.

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Medieval Loches, France.

 

Medieval Loches, France.

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Viewpoint, medieval Loches, France.

 

Doorway, Medieval Loches, France.

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Doorway, medieval Loches, France.

 

Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Issa doing his best David Lee Roth impression. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Tour des Marques. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Front Door, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Main entrance doorway, Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Front Door, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Main entrance doorway, Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Bedroom, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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One of the many fully furnished and preserved bedrooms available for view at Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Window dressings. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Bench. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Kitchen, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Kitchen. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Rotisserie, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Rotisserie time. A system of weights dropped out of the kitchen window powers the rotisserie without manual intervention. So cool. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Rivets and Walls, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Thick hand painted canvas tapestries were riveted together and used to cover the walls of this particular sitting room. So beautiful. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Ceiling, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Every wall, trim, ceiling and window, each in their own right, are works of art. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Ornate Furniture, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Furnishings. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Details, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Fireplace detailing. Chateau Chenonceau, France.

 

Gardens, Chateau Chenonceau, France

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Chateau Chenonceau, France, Loire Valley.

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About We Love Motogeo

One Couple, Two Motorcycles, Around the World. We’re a couple who’s decided to take the plunge. We’ve sold (almost) everything, packed what’s left onto the back of our motorcycles and ventured out into the world to see what we can see. We’ve also started a little non-profit (http://www.lostforgood.com) to help people whose work in their communities is inspiring us as we travel, and to see what a little “paying it forward” can do to make this world a better place. So far, our journey (http://www.welovemotogeo.com) has taken us over 40,000 km across North America and Europe, and if you’re wondering where we are at the moment, check the site! You can find our latest stories and all of our posts and galleries under Recent Trips. So grab your favourite beverage, take a moment, relax and enjoy a quick read with some lovely photos. Thanks for stopping by!

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