So many readers have commented on how much they have enjoyed the settings in these books, I’m enjoying sharing some of the inspiration behind them. If you want to know more about the local towns and countryside featured in both The Little French Guesthouse and the sequel, you can look back at:
I also wrote about some of the towns and places Emmy managed a whistle-stop tour of in the first book at:
In Return to The Little French Guesthouse, Emmy’s new life is busier than she’d anticipated, but she still has time to discover the joy of cycling past vineyards and fields of corn, and experiences an evening at a local fête in the nearby imaginary town of Pierre-la-Fontaine.
She also gets to do a little more sightseeing. Her first proper visit to a château -at Chenonceau – is everything she imagined and more!
Visiting with her French friend Sophie, they catch up with each others’ news as they wander, exploring both the inside and outside of the château.
Emmy particularly enjoys the view out across the river Cher from the windows in the long gallery – she could stand there all day, enjoying the breeze . . .
And then there are the formal gardens to admire . . .
Most especially, Emmy loves the view from the far end of the gardens, where the château is reflected in all its glory in the river!
I loved looking back at these photos to remind myself of my own visit to Chenonceau. They really made me want to go back there! I also availed myself of Google Maps street view, and the official website for the château at http://www.chenonceau.com/ where I could take a virtual panoramic tour to fully remind myself of the details for Emmy and Sophie’s visit. Needless to say, I lingered far longer than I should have! 🙂