A Breath of French Air (infused with a little Cognac)


The French countryside at its best

The French countryside at its best

Part of our trip to Europe this summer was spent in the French countryside. Friends of ours have a lovely old property in the Cognac region, which gave us the opportunity to relax after a couple of busy weeks sightseeing in Dublin, London and Paris.

Rows and rows of vines

Rows and rows of vines

The area all around is full of sunflowers and vineyards growing only cognac grapes. We took a trip into the town of Cognac to visit one of the great Cognac houses. In our case, we opted for the Baron Otard House, which, in my opinion, was the better choice, as their Chateau is the most beautiful building with a great history.

All the barrels are full, waiting to be opened

All the barrels are full, waiting to be opened

One of the pleasures of visiting one of these Cognac houses is that you get to taste the goods afterwards. As with wine and champagne, cognac has its cheap and its expensive variants. The photo below is showing one of the most expensive bottles Baron Otard has in its collection (no tasting of this vintage!).

Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold

We were extremely lucky with the weather in France: hot summer days, followed by warm nights. We were spoilt every evening with stunning sunsets and I could post a dozen or more photos to prove it, but these two below are my favourite ones.

Sunsets galore

Sunsets galore

A misty, but warm, evening

A misty, but warm, evening

Our stay here was probably the most relaxing part of our whole trip. Every morning we would wake to the sound of birds in the big tree outside our window. Just standing by the window in our bedroom, looking out at this majestic tree gave me an inner peace I rarely feel.

The view from our bedroom

The view from our bedroom

The Tree

The Tree

Cognac grapes

Cognac grapes

The sun is setting once more

The sun is setting once more

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11 thoughts on “A Breath of French Air (infused with a little Cognac)

  1. Love the view of the countryside with the flowers in the foreground! So thoughtful of them to be yellow like the fields of ripened grain.

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    • Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I guess we were very lucky to be there at the right time when the grain and sunflowers coordinated their colours!

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  2. Vivre La Cognac if it enables you to see these sights!

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  3. Beautiful photographs, as usual ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Julie

    This is a breathtaking pictorial of what must be a beautiful region. Your photos are top notch!

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  5. Beautiful documentation of the Cognac area. Would love to visit there.

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  6. Stunning, it’s so pretty ๐Ÿ˜„

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