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Every recent visit to France so far has included at least one visit to Plombières-les-bains.  Unfortunately, this visit, our favorite restaurant was closed, but we enjoyed walking through the town, looking in shops windows, having a bit of lunch elsewhere.   The church was closed for restoration.  But there were as always plenty of doors.  This first set leads to a restaurant that we’ve never found open, not far from a tea shop we’ve never found open.  Mysteries, mysteries.  The name, by the way, means “Roman square.”  The restaurant is located on the square and the roots of the town are definitely Roman. The look, however, is more Art Deco.

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We’ve taken a number of Monday walks in the towns of the Franche-Comté, but much of my time is spent in the country, either walking or driving through it, so I invite you to come with me today to the country.

Most mornings we take the dogs out for a walk, but we have to be careful, as September is hunting season.  We head out early, careful to only go where there are no parked vehicles.  If we hear dogs baying, we head back or away from the sound.

This morning it’s foggy.

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We walk through the forest to a secret place where my s-i-l has discovered a trove of holly.  She’ll come back to gather some for Christmas.  The red berries are bright and cheerful in the grey morning.

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While in or near Fougerolles, we kept seeing signs for le jardin de la fée verte (the garden of the green fairy).  Hmmm, didn’t really sound like our style.  However, having almost missed several other wonderful places because we thought they might be a bit twee, we finally decide to stop at Distillerie Paul Devoille and see the green fairy garden for ourselves.

And we saw…

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There’s always something about a red door, especially when accentuated by a red window frame.  And when both are in a stone building, they’re hard to beat.

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Now add a way to stay ahead of your neighbors.  Trés unique!

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Doors tend to come with buildings and some buildings are a bit more prepossessing than others.  Here are three that I came across in Colmar, France.  Whether formally elegant or elegantly informal, all three are attractive. Croissants and a café, anyone?  Afterwards we can visit other doors via Norm’s portal in Montreal.  Happy Thursday!

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As we drove around the countryside near Fougerolles, we kept seeing signs for Foire aux Beignets de Cerises, the Fair of the Cherry Doughnuts.  We had to go!  So off we went in the early morning.

The first sight of course is the church steeple with those marvelous Burgundian tiles.  I shared photos of the cemetery, which you can see in the foreground, in a Thursday Doors post.

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