I’ve read some lovely comments from readers of The Little French Guesthouse, saying how much they enjoyed the setting – that they were able to imagine themselves there, or if they have visited the Loire region of France, that it took them back there.
There are so many aspects to the setting of the book – the imaginary guesthouse, gîtes and gardens that make up La Cour des Roses; the imaginary local town of Pierre-la-Fontaine; and, of course, the very real countryside of the Loire itself.
I thought it might be nice to share the inspiration for some of the settings in the book, so I’m starting this week with some aspects of the countryside and typical local towns.
What else would I begin with, but those regimented rows of vines?
And then there are the pretty, shaded rivers . . .
Emmy’s visit to The Little French Guesthouse is too early to see the corn, but she will notice it later in the summer, in the sequel 😉
The local towns have gentle, cream and white buildings . . .
Pretty churches . . .
Colourful flowers giving an impression of real civic pride . . .
And just take a look at this magnificent creature!
In the book, Emmy thoroughly enjoys her visits to the local market and is fascinated by a stall selling old-fashioned underwear. I couldn’t help but include it in the book after we’d seen it for ourselves!
The relevance of this final photo? None at all, other than that it was taken in that area of France. I have no idea who the man and his dog were, but it always makes me smile . . .