It’s a french affair! In every sense of the word.
Hope you are prepared for a story of castles, princesses and le joie de vivre francais. I surely was not ready to be that impressed. I had only read about the Loire Valley and seen it in movies so I was aware of its grandeour, but then…:
Let me start with the beginning. Our first stop was Deauville. Short stop just to admire its beauty and of course to see the place where Coco Chanel opened her first Boutique during the summer of 1913. Enjoyed our first French coffee at a local restaurant and then ran off to our next location.
Most probably one of the most impressive places on our route. Or that’s what I say every time we stumble upon a castle for the first time… it just keeps getting better!
Mont Saint Michel just took my breath away. Saw it first from far away and with each step that got us closer I was at a loss for words and just stood there admiring its elegance. In case you do have „to vist list” and this is not on it I advise you to reconsider… delete everything & start all over again hahah.
In order to enjoy the experience at its maximum level we spent the night at Domaine de La Tortiniere
We had an authentic chateau stay in a residence that reflects the great Loire Valley chateaux traditions. We spent the night in a charming bedroom that combines classic style with modern comfort, had lovely talks with the people there and this gave us such good energy! It’s true that people can make a place more beautiful, as if there’s any need for that in case Val de Loire…
We continued our journey of Val de Loire and let me tell you one thing. Nothing could take its beauty away. Not even rain! Never have I enjoyed so much to walk in the rain!
Ladies and gents, some French chateaus for you:
Beware, there is more to come!
We came to understand we do like living as princesses and kings and so we did on our last night on the Loire Valley. Chateau de Pray made sure of that and oferred us an unforgettable stay that felt… like home 🙂
Cozy longes, refined rooms, charming views… we will come back for you!
As nothing gives you an idea of a place better than talking to locals, we went off to meet Constance Fournier and learn about her brand and the french Savoir-faire. Creating exceptional custom made wedding dresses for brides that are looking more for an experience than a gown. Taking the brides-to-be from Paris to Touraine, making them connect to places around Val de Loire, listening to their stories, all this so that in the end she can create a dress that reflects their personality.
We will say our goodbyes to Val de Loire for now but if there is a place we wish to return to after this journey, be sure this is on the top of our list.
But we are still not over France! Bordeaux is our last stop… for the moment.
With the warm welcome by Hotel Konti we couldn’t have ended our French affair in a better way. Right in the heart of Bordeaux, its the coziness succeeded in keeping us from our regular night walk. We decided to just take it all in and relaxed…
Full of energy for the next day, we explored the city, being mesmerized by its beauty. All I ever wonder is why time runs so fast!? I wanted more of Bordeaux! But now we know what is second on our „to re-visit list”.
All this talk made me hungry! Dinner anyone?
Spent a wonderful time with my #feericteam at Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay and yet again, I said goodbye to my diet.
As if time well spent was not enough, they surprised us with a present from my beloved Guerlain.
Here is a picture of me enjoying dessert in good company!
Thank you for spoiling us Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay!
Had a busy scheldule in France but we always had the time to meet interesting people, hear inspiring stories to share with you and to discover places such as Darwin Camp. Exciting concept which we loved to get to know better. Here we met Aatise which embodies the concept of sustainability by all meanings.
The brand creates pieces made on demand, and not only they use sustainable fabriques but some of them end up back in nature. Yes you read that right. So you can personalize your items from scratch and do good while looking good. Way to go Aatise!
Ending our French affair but not before a really quick stop at Dune du Pilat to enjoy… nature at its best.
Au revoir pour un moment France. I will see you really soon <3