Here are a few photos from this year’s summer holiday in France.

A fairly standard trip – a couple of days to drive down (staying at the lovely Auberge de la Hulotte in St Jacques d’Ambur, within sight of the Puy de Dome deep in the Auvergne), two weeks in a gite (booked via Halcyon Leisure) and then 4 nights on the way back (1 at the Hotel Le Pont Bernet in Le Pian Medoc, 2 at Hotel des Pins in l’Amelie near Soulac, and 1 at Hostellerie du Bois Guibert in Bonneval near Chartres). All of the establishments are recommended for both food and accommodation – as is the Logis de France chain.

Anyway, on to the photos.

A few from around the gite.

Some landscapes and bits and pieces. I’m particularly pleased with the hay bales – I’ve been looking for a particularly photogenic set of these for ages and happened to come across these while looking for some caves (which happened to be shut).
The fantastic building is Château Pichon-Longueville Baron in Pauillac.

The obligatory sunsets and stars.

And finally some from the beaches on the west coast just below the Gironde Estuary – near Soulac and Montalivet.