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A la Francaise: A Quilter’s Holiday in France

Bonjour! See How We See readers. I am recently returned from my fantastic French holiday and ready to share photo highlights of the journey. Although I never did walk into a fabric shop while there, I did find much inspiration in France’s flora, fauna, and history. Few words today from me, just images starting with my lovely niece and her handsome new spouse (BTW: scroll to the end for the recent giveaway winners) . . .


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French Food–Yum!–Salade Italienne, the classic Steak Frite (steak and french fries), and the results of a strawberry festival. No, I did not eat all of this! The salad and strawberry chantilly crepe thing was mine (I shared!).


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French Sites–A walk along a 16th-century tannery row after that large lunch. The pretty cottage is a converted tannery–a wholesale change from centuries past when tanneries were noxious commercial zones. Next is the view from the climb up to a crumbled medieval fortress overlooking the town with the tannery river walk.


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Brittany Road Trip–medieval towns of Lannion, Dinan, and a coastal fortress with castle vegetable garden and manicured hedges.


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Part tourist site and private home–the manor house is the residence of the owners.


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Reverence and Piety–Faith is strong in Brittany with a private family chapel behind a painted red door as you’ll see below, and religious art in unexpected places like a storage shed next to a farmhouse.


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The “Real” French Country Style–Sublime lace curtains soften the starkness of  gray stone houses. This picture-perfect cottage dates to the 1650s. I found a supplier of lace curtains in the walled city of Dinan. The dancing boy and girl curtain is handmade in France and costs a pricey 50 euros a meter!


Dates & Places-J:  Redacted Brittany Cottage

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I close with two of my favorite “things” from my journey:  French roses in bloom in Brittany and a friendly house rooster we met while visiting family. This funny little cock hung out with his two house-dog buddies and a slew of cats. Reminds me of the line from the first Ghostbusters movie: “. . . dogs and cats (and roosters) living together . . .” as a sign of imminent Armageddon.  Nah, it’s a miracle of nature just like the roses. Au revoir France! (Keep scrolling for the giveaway winners . . . nearly there!)


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Giveaway Winners!

We’ve had a bonanza of giveaways lately and now it’s time to let the winners know.

Barbara Jansz is the winner of the mega-giveaway with her poem:

The Friendship Quilt Guild would love to win All the surplus items in your Goodie-Box-Bin. Members who’ve made quilts for Project Linus Will be rewarded generously for their quilting kindness.

The Peg Conley/Clothworks giveaway winners are Jane from MA and Quilting Tangent (who, coincidentally, penned a poem about how she never wins giveaways–well, Ms. Tangent, the odds are now running in your favor!)

Later, gators!

J-Signature

#France #giveaway #travelinspiration

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