A Post Card from Domaine de Varenne

What a day, we were up at 5.30 to get the ferry to France, and hit tea time traffic in Paris which resulted in a bit of an epic journey through some horrendous traffic in torrential rain. But then as the traffic thinned and the scenery grew greener we started to relax and really see the beauty of France and wow what stunning countryside.

We were initially concerned about the petrol strikes that have reportedly brought France to a standstill, however we drove through the outskirts of Paris and saw no trouble at all. And also passed at least 15 garages and only notice 3 of them to be closed. We had no trouble at all filling up with diesel. It just shows how the media can hype things up?

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We arrived at Domaine de Varenne to the warmest of welcomes by the wonderful Toby and Linda, and instantly felt at home and relaxed. Tonight we have enjoyed a delicious traditional French meal with the other guests at the Domaine de Varenne, it was such a wonderful atmosphere with the warmest and friendliest of people.

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The surroundings are breathtaking I cannot wait to share more and get out into the grounds with my camera. And the gite is just beautiful, so rustic and charming, staying here feel like a warm hug. I watched the boys over dinner tonight and they have instantly relaxed. They thoroughly enjoyed their meal and the company, as did we.

We have an exciting day ahead of us tomorrow we will be visiting Geudelon Castle and having a tour of the grounds along with a stone carving lesson, stone masonry is a trade that has born in my family going back generations so to walk in the steps of my beloved Dad and Granddad is something I am really excited about, even if only for one day.

6 Comments

  1. 31st May 2016 / 9:52 pm

    It sounds the perfect place to relax Sarah and I am glad you got there safely. Just goes to show about the media. I wonder how many people have changed their travel plans because of watching the news. Have a wonderful break and enjoy the stone carving x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th June 2016 / 4:21 pm

      Thank you Tracey, we are just on our way home and the whole trip has been incredible, and yes I would say only 20% or garages were closed that we saw and we almost changed our plans too. I am so glad we didn’t! x

  2. 3rd June 2016 / 8:58 am

    Wow it sounds so lovely and I can’t wait to see all the photos. I thought it was a major fuel strike from reading the news. Good that it wasn’t though!!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th June 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks Tas, I know the press made such a fuss about nothing, well that we say anyway. We have had the best week x

  3. 3rd June 2016 / 9:20 am

    Sounds perfect Sarah, I am so glad it was all media hype and you made the trip!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      5th June 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks Karen, I cant believe all the fuss the press made, it was fine all that stress for nothing x

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