{Day One}

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(My friend Alexis with her dreamy hat from Paris.  I was hoping the whole trip to find one just like it)

You have already seen the beautiful chateau and morning I was excited to capture that first morning in Auty. 

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After an amazing breakfast served in the dinning room we headed out for an early morning farmer's market.

This market was filled with everything from breads, olives, currents, fresh poultry, fish and herbs.


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The tables overflowed with fresh flowers, foie gras and the most incredible cheeses.

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As we walked on the cobblestone streets and listened to the locals all bartering in French it was truly the most lovely way to start our time in France.

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After the market we made our way through the town photographing and stopping at every brocante we saw.

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We spent the better part of the morning and early afternoon at brocantes filling our market bags and literally pinching ourselves…not believing that this was real.

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(Jackie and Rachel shopping for vintage linens)

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Just when we thought we couldn't shop anymore we were driven to a nearby park where one of the chateau's chefs was waiting for us with the most gorgeous, gourmet lunch.

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We sat on blankets under the shade of the trees.

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It was truly perfection.


Our afternoon included a few more brocantes and then we headed back to the chateau.

A few of us decided to take a dip in the pool to cool off.

As I was drying off under the sun I peeked my head up and called out to all the girls "FYI…we are in the south of France, laying out by the pool, surrounded by cypress trees….just wanted to remind you in case you forgot":-)

I actually feel asleep under the warmth of the sun and didn't wake up until it was time to shower and get ready for dinner.

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We had drinks and appetizers on the back patio and then we went to the front of the chateau for dinner.

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I was so tired (because of my lack of sleep the night before) at around 10pm that I said goodnight to everyone and they continued talking late into the evening.  I was even told that they saw fireworks that evening from a near by village.

As I type this I keep catching myself smiling…how could I not! 

What a first day!

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  1. Lara

    Yummy images, Jeanne! You shot some gorgeous stuff. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time…can’t wait to see more.
    Met Lissa (Humble Pie) at Barnhouse…what a lovey—so sweet. Everyone who knows you tells me how funny and warm you are—hard to wait until October to see your face in person.

  2. Martha

    Jeanne!!! It looks amazing and just beautiful…your pictures are just fantastic and so great of you too:)

  3. Theresa

    That sounds like the very best time! I love all of the pics and can’t wait to see more, and read more! I am envisioning the farmers market and the brocantes and listening to all of the people speaking french (me not understanding a word) but loving every minute of it! Sounds like a dream trip! Theresa

  4. paige

    oh jeanne, everything sounds like a dream!!!!!
    i hope you are planning on giving us a recap of every single day!!
    beautiful , all of you

  5. Janet

    Wow!! Sounds like a perfect start to your trip! Your photos are so beautiful (like you) and make me feel like I am there too, well, kind of! Can’t wait to read more!

  6. Heidi

    Ahhh, lucky lady, thanks for sharing! Someday I will return {to the south of France…} I look forward to seeing more!
    xo Heidi

  7. amy

    thanks, jeanne! love that you fell asleep in france’s great outdoors until dinner rang! what a luxury.

  8. Flower Patch Farmgirl

    Here’s something about me – France has never been a place I longed to visit. But, well, things change. And YOU should sign up to be the President of Public Relations and Marketing for France. Just go to their website and sign up. I’m sure that’s all it would take.

  9. LuLu

    breathtaking! Your whole adventure sounds devine!!!! i’ve never been and long to go… just came home from london and it stole my heart!!!

  10. lissa

    this looks like the dreamiest trip I’ve ever seen. If i ever get to go i’m having you plan my trip!

  11. Courtney Walsh

    Oh, wow, Jeanne. I’m so bummed I’ve been without my internet…been dying to catch up on your blog!! 🙂 Looks absolutely amazing!!

  12. lorraine lewis

    Jeanne your trip to France looks like it was amazing. I have enjoyed the images you are sharing with us although they make me long to visit this place of beauty again.
    I can’t wait to see more of your images.

  13. Traci

    thanks for sharing all these amazing photos with us jeanne. what an amazing trip. everything is just gorgeous. just like a dream!! can’t wait for the next day.

  14. Lizzie

    Hi Jeanne – what wonderful photographs you took when you stayed with us. You’ve really captured the essence of my little corner of France. Glad you had such an amazing time at Chateau Dumas. Come back and see us again! Lizzie http://www.chateaudumas.net


    i’ve enjoyed looking at your photos. alexis is a sweet friend and neighbor of mine here in socal. what cute pics you took of her! what a magical trip!

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