The worst badminton player in France

France in May is absolutely stunning. Gorgeous spring air, beautiful weather, fresh produce – and, most importantly, public holidays every weekend.

Thursday was Ascension (I have no idea what it means, but I do know that it equals a day off, which is what matters here), so, on Wednesday night, the family packed up everything into the car and drove for four hours to a gorgeous little cottage in the countryside.

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My home for the long weekend.

We stayed there for four days with two other couples and had a lovely, relaxing time.

Georges Sand, a funky little church and a dilapidated chรขteau
The first day in the Berry region, we decided to go to Georges Sand’s house. For those who don’t know (e.g. me at the start of that day) Georges Sand was a female French writer who had a lot of influence over art and social change in the 19th century. I’ll have to do more research on her, because she certainly seems like an interesting person.

On the way to her gorgeous house, we stopped off at a unique church in France. Built in the 3rd century (I think that’s right. I know it was a long time ago) the site is know for its strange shape.

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It’s kind of spooky. I love it!

Georges Sand’s house was incredibly beautiful. The original layouts of the rooms were preserved – although, some of the painting was restored – so it didn’t feel much like a museum, but more like a well-loved and well-lived-in home. Most of the rooms were brightly coloured and very modern for the time. I would give anything for her incredible library; unfortunately, I have no pictures of it (as photography was forbidden) to share with you.

The tour guide was fantastic, as well. I had a bit of trouble understanding a lot of what was spoken, but I felt she really brought the house to life. The small details, like how George was friends with Chopin, or why she had a male name, really stood out to me and made it entertaining as a whole.

After leaving George Sand’s mansion, we stumbled across a fantastic castle, complete with drawbridge and moat. A man bought the castle about twenty years ago and started the incredible process of restoring the run-down chรขteau. The result was fantastic: a four-storey structure with a chapel, all original furniture, and gorgeous machicolated roofs.

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Pretty cool, huh?

It was fantastic to explore the castle, because it was completely free of security cameras or guards. It was very run-down and dirty in some places, but you could run around and touch things, play with the ancient weapons and climb up to the top of the about-to-fall-down turrets.

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So old, dusty and interesting.

I think, sometimes, that the accidental discoveries are the best ones.

Gargilesse and a beautiful lake
On Friday, the group ventured out to Gargilesse, a gorgeous, rustic, old village set by a river. It was absolutely stunning, with cobblestone roads and lovely old brickwork, and very different from Pรฉrouges.

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It’s super cute.

We spent an hour just strolling around Gargilesse, taking photos of the incredible scenery. A highlight of the day for me was the church, famous for its beautiful, painted crypt.

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I loved the stained glass windows, so you can have a photo of them instead.

When the leaders of the party finally grew tired of Gargilesse (although I really don’t know how that could be possible) we drove down to the third largest dam in France. I think the most impressive thing about the structure was the rest of the group’s reaction to it, because it was, well, just a dam.

It did, however, produce a mighty fine lake.

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Miscellaneous
Apart from that, we didn’t do much except eat far too much food, play Rummikub and relax. I did play quite a bit of badminton with Alice, and proved how absolutely shocking I am at the game. I think I’m going to have to work on my aim before I try and join the university team.

Featured photo is of the beautiful view from the top of the castle we visited. *photo*

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6 thoughts on “The worst badminton player in France

  1. I’m loving reading your updates haha sounds like so much fun. We have Ascension Day in Germany, too – it’s supposedly the day Jesus rose to Heaven, 40 days after Easter. I spent the day in Venice… Because why not jet off to another country when I get a day off school? XD lots of love, Heather! Hope you keep enjoying it!!!!! x Ronja

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    1. You’re fantastic, Ronja :’) ah, that sounds about right! Oh my god, that sounds absolutely lovely! I plan on going to Venice for two days before I head to Croatia. School?! And here I thought gap years were all about not going to school… Lots of love, Ronja! Right back at you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Have fun going to school. I miss school but I am happy about getting money.
    Heather I have good nows and bad nows

    Good nows I got a car. It is a Honda Jazz it is yellow and its name is bumble bee

    Bad nows is. It’s not bad nows for me it might be for you. I get to be you Heather, i get to go to supernova with your family ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

    Anyway it sounds like you are having fun. We all miss you in Canberra. Love you

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    1. School? I’m not going to school! at least, not for another year.

      Hey, that’s awesome! Honda Jazzes are great.

      And it’s great that you’re all going to supernova – I missed out last year – because hey, someone has to take my place ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you guys have fun! And it’s not bad news haha because I’ll be in Italy or Croatia when you guys go…I really won’t be missing much, and when I live in Sydney I can go every year! Miss you too.

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      1. That means I am Heather forever. And as well when you live in Sydney can I come over and go to supernova with you cos you love me. I am so jellies about you going overseas maybe when you are rich and me too we can go overseas together and you can speak the language and translate for me๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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      2. Heather forever…nah. Stand in for Heather? Yep. Sure thing haha but my apartment is going to be super small, and it could be around exam period D: I love the idea that I’ll be rich in the future as a volunteer third-world doctor, but yes, if that happens, we can go overseas and I’ll translate for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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