Inspiration for The Little French Guesthouse #2 – A little sightseeing

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that readers had enjoyed the setting of The Little French Guesthouse so much, I thought it would be nice to share some of the inspiration behind it. That first week, it was ‘town and country’. If you missed the post, you can read it here.

In the book, with everything going on at the guesthouse, Emmy doesn’t get to do a huge amount of sightseeing – but what she does, she thoroughly enjoys.

During a visit from her parents, she takes them on a drive, stopping first  at Montreuil-Bellay. 

Montreuil-Bellay #3 09

They enjoy a coffee outside a cafe overlooking the château . . . 

Montreuil-Bellay #2 09

. . . then skirt around it to get a full view.

Montreuil-Bellay #1 09

They walk along the river for a while . . .

Montreuil-Bellay river 09

. . . before wending their way back up through narrow, picturesque streets.

Montreuil-Bellay alley 09

Then they drive on to the historic town of Chinon, where they have lunch outside a restaurant . . .

Chinon cafe 13

and walk along the cobbled streets . . .

Chinon street #1

Chinon doorway 13








with the château way above them . . .

Chinon chateau 13

. . . and this beautiful tree-lined walk to enjoy down along the river.

Chinon river 13

I’ll finish with this photo. It’s only relevant because it was taken in Chinon – and I can’t resist that mutt’s doleful face!

Chinon dog 13




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