Centering yourself in France

When you travel all the way to the other side of the world, it’s natural to want to make the most of your time and money and see everything you possibly can.

But the truth of the matter is that it’s more important to enjoy everything you do, than do everything you possibly can.

And for us, just being in Argenton-sur-Creuse nestled in the centre of France, is enough.

Houses on the river Creuse

It’s the simple things that I miss most of all when time and money (or lack thereof!) keep us away from our favourite place in the world:


Wandering into the town centre for a coffee or hot chocolate at a local café

Centre ville Argenton-sur-Creuse

Frequenting the local patisseries (and there are plenty of them!)

Popular patisserie in Rue Victor Hugo

Gazing at fascinating remnants of medieval times

Gothic door

Or simply walking by the river Creuse.

Mill on the river Creuse

On the weekends there is the weekly farmers market – popular for the freshness of the produce (something a little lacking in the local supermarkets)

Le marché

And often a vide grenier (meaning “empty attics” – like a car boot sale) or brocante (a flea market with mostly professional stall holders) to forage.

Vide grenier

Of course there are plenty of opportunities for day trips:

For a bit of culture, there is the pretty village of Gargilesse is close-by (home of George Sands)


Or just for fun, some crazy event like the Snail Festival (or Festival du Luma) held in Cluis each May – only in France n’est-ce pas?

Snail races

And of course, one can never tire of romantic castles:

From the quaint Chateau du Courbat just close by

Chateau du Courbat

The beautiful Chateau de Valencay – only 45 minutes away

Chateau de Valencay

Or further afield, near Tours, the famous Chateau de Chenonceau, straddled across the Cher River.

Chateau de Chenonceau

So much to see, so much to do, (click here for more ideas) or just hang over the balcony and watch the world go by, in true French style.

About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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1 Response to Centering yourself in France

  1. Your village looks delightful Nola. We are looking forward to seeing it, “Up Close and Personal” in September.

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