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We’re popping back to France today for some doors and colorful shutters, which are like doors for windows or doors to the heart of the house.  I dearly love workable shutters, which are both beautiful and practical.  In France, there are lots of working shutters, useful for keeping the houses cool in the heat of the day.  They also come in a variety of colors, especially in Provence.  These, the first two from Mélisey near where my s-i-l and b-i-l live, the third from Raddon-et-Chapendu, not far away, have beautiful blue shutters that look great, even on cloudy days.

For more doors from around the world, I’d normally suggest you go to Norm’s blog, but he’s enjoying a blogging break, so Dan has taken over.  You can find him here and everyone else here.

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Many villages in France have wonderful floral decorations and there’s even a designation for those with the most attractive displays.  But sometimes you find beautiful flowers tucked into corners or off to the side.  I saw these in Mélisey as we walked back to our parking spot after yet another wonderful lunch at Chez Mimi.  What a glorious sight!

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If you’d like to read more about the towns awarded the Ville Fleurie designation, go to France This Way by clicking here.  The author says:

The ‘towns and villages in bloom’ award (ville fleurie) is given to French places that make a special effort to create a pleasant natural environment for both residents and visitors by focussing on plants, flowers and open areas within the town.

Even if a town doesn’t have this designation, you’ll find plenty of flowers and arrangements in many places and of course, you can always keep checking on my blog.  🙂

A visit to France immediately elicits thoughts of food.  The pairing is as inevitable as France and wine, visions of stars dancing in heads, little bistros in Paris, bouillabaisse in Marseille, Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas in Provence (or rosé when it’s too hot), and, of course, croissants and pain au chocolat.

The good news is that you can find wonderful food (and better prices) in the hinterlands of France.  In tiny Mélisey (less than 2,000 inhabitants) in the Vosges and closer to German and Switzerland than to Paris or Provence, you can find memorable meals at Café Auberge, familiarly known as Chez Mimi after, I believe, the wife of the couple who owns and runs the restaurant.

The space is small (although there’s another room), but has the feel of a good bistro anywhere in the country.  As you can see, in addition to meals, there are other delights on offer.  Cheeses, chocolate, and coffee are just three and many offerings are regionally produced.

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French market

Posted: July 16, 2014 in Food, Travel
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Monday we saw a stage of le Tour de France.  Tuesday (today as I write this), we met an online friend and her husband who treated us royally (after all, they’re British) and took us barging on a tiny bit of one of France’s rivers.  However, it’s late and I don’t have time to treat either subject the way I’d like to do, so I’m leaving both for another day and taking you instead to the small market at Mélisey.  The market has clothes, linens, miscellaneous “stuff”, cheese (of course) and more.  But I chose these few pictures to whet your appetite.  (I know.  Two food posts in a row isn’t really fair, but I think you’ll enjoy this.)

Gorgeous, enormous and delicious organic bread

Gorgeous, enormous and delicious organic bread

 

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Another view of the meat stall

Another view of the meat stall