Friday, December 21, 2018

Our Charming Village in France

Although I’ve mentioned that the village Issigeac that we’re staying in is well known for its huge Sunday market, it has so much more to offer than just that.  The house we are staying in is a three story stone house, medieval style on the outside with the standard working French shutters, of course, on door and windows.  It is open plan living/kitchen on the ground floor with a wood burning stove, beautiful stone walls, tiled floor  and high beamed ceiling.  On the next level, there is a huge master bedroom, a charming office/single bedroom and a bathroom with bath/shower combo, a sink and toilet in same room.  (Often in France, the toilet is in a separate room). The top story has another full bathroom and a large bedroom with slanted ceiling and a sitting area.  The house is charming and cozy, the kind where you instantly feel at home.  The girls and I are so comfortable in our French home that we venture out reluctantly!!!!  Even the pigeons that we hear softly cooing on the roof each morning add to the ambiance!  Our residence is located in the village but has some privacy the way the front entrance is facing a private lane. Outside there are two nice gardens and also a separate courtyard with outbuildings, beautiful trees and plants, certainly a lot more than you’d expect for a house in town!!!!

  The town is circular in shape and dates back to the 13th century.  Our house is on Rue Sauveterre... (See #6 on the map)

The Tourist Office has a imposing residence in The Palace of Bishops, a 1660 castle built on the site of an old abbey.  The beautiful Gothic style church is listed as a historic monument.

The village has a river that meanders its way around the outskirts along with several parks and loads of parking areas.  While walking through the picturesque streets, I was fascinated that you actually walk under houses that have a second story but no ground floor.  Wonder if the home owner’s own the street level too (as market stalls set up in those sheltered spaces)?

The girls and I meander through the village's network of lanes and streets, never tiring of admiring the incredible design and individuality of each house, not to mention the history that oozes from each one and the stories they all secretly hold within their walls!


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