Have you ever imagined a red sandstone village in the south of France? It was certainly a surprise to me. I have always thought of grey and taupe stone farmhouses with pale blue-green shutters. But on my recent trip to rural southwestern France, friends and I toured Collonges-la-Rouge, a French village dating back to the eighth Century. Is it as much a surprise to you as it was to me? So warm and colourful, instead of calm, elegant and almost colourless French villages.
No matter the colour of the stone, expected grey or unexpected warm red, French buildings are almost always dressed with the classic plantings, terra cotta pots filled with geraniums were popping up everywhere.
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