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Fall Colors in France

We’re just back from a semi-whirlwind weekend in the north of France for a wedding reception and a quick stop at les in-laws. And if I provide nothing more on this blog except a few pretty photos, I think I’ll be quite content.  France is one of the most gorgeous places on the planet – at all seasons and in all regions.

With all this beauty, I think my belle mère and bel pere are just a bit confounded by the fact that I’m always whipping out my camera to take pictures of “mundane” things like their garden and the boxes of apples they’ve collected from their 4 or so burgeoning apple trees. But with all this great color, it feels a shame not to.

And I would endure another six hours of travel (save another night train…which is not for the faint-of-heart or, sadly, the odor conscious) to have a few more days dans le nord.  Let’s just say that we are bien gâté (very very spoiled) –  tours of the countryside, home-cooking, and jars of tomato purée pressed from the garden to take home. We’re talkin’ fresh pasta sauce for days…oh, le joy.

And really, who are we kidding?  I’d travel near and far for the homecooking alone. Fresh cherry clafoutis anyone?  I totally got into the right food famille.  Long live big appetites, French mothers, and of course…the beautiful colors of fall.

About Tuula

I’m a 40-ish American woman & I’ve been blogging about my travels around belle Provence since moving here in 2010. You can also find my travel writing in International Living magazine, Charming Small Hotels (France), & Living France magazine. Bienvenue!

6 comments on “Fall Colors in France

  1. What a great post; love the pictures. Lucky woman to be part of a family that appreciates good food and the French mother-in-law who can do justice to the great products that are available to her. Coussey is very pretty, where about in the North of France is it?


    • Anonymous

      Thanks so much Michel – Coussey is in the Vosges, just about right on the border with the Lorraine. My husband’s family lives in the Lorraine and we attended the wedding reception just down the road from Coussey. And you’re right…I think I hit the mother-in-law lottery. She’s great!


  2. LOL! Great post as always. The colours are gorgous and it’s one of the things we don’t get in Nice. We do have the sea though…

    As for the mother-in-law jackpot, you’re not the only lucky one. That tomato & herb salad looks like my belle-mere’s and the clafouti (cherry or peach) would bring tears to your eyes it’s so good.

    Yes, France is beautiful for so many things, including the in-laws.


    • Anonymous

      Ha ha Tanya, so happy to hear you have a “super” mother-in-law as well. I can only hope to be as cool as mine one day…or make as good cherry clafouti’s as she does. Sounds like I’m not the only one 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment & viva les in-laws!


  3. I LOVE that you take pictures of the mundane, Tuula! They are the treasures that make everyday life so precious. 🙂


    • Anonymous

      Thanks Krista, always love your photos as well – it’s all about enjoying the simple pleasures 🙂


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