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Thursday
Jun082017

A holiday in France.

So we are back from a very beautiful holiday in France. The back story is that almost 20 years ago, on a roadtrip with my then-boyfriend, I had briefly visited the Cotentin peninsula in the Normandy. I had loved it, and when I stumbled upon a promising airbnb-listing at the beginning of this year, I thought it might be fun to visit again and see whether I still liked it there. Spoiler: I did. 

But first things first: Our holiday cottage which was just fantastic. It is the former bakery house of a still-active farm. The whole farm is gorgeous, complete with a manor house (which is for rent too) and several lovely outbuildings. We basically had the lake for ourselves, and the house itself was so cozy and tastefully furnished. 

The view from our deck over the lake was fantastic at any time of the day, but particularly in the early morning with the mist hovering over the water. If I ever buy or build a house again, it has to be next to a lake (or the sea... you know, I´m not picky).

View from the farm towards the main road. No big deal.

The farmland looked like this. Talk about idyllic? They had sheep and cattle who seemed to enjoy it a lot too.

Ludwig love the lake, and especially the fishies in it! Oh boy! The thing is just that they don´t respond much to barking. Ignorant creatures.

The area has many, many gorgeous beaches which are literally devoid of people. The Cotentin still seems to be pretty much undiscovered by tourism, which I find strange but personally suits me very well. 

But such a pretty, pretty piece of the world! So lush and green and full of flowers and fairy tale villages. Go there! Or maybe don´t, so that it stays unspoiled for a little while longer. 

A little housekeeping: I quit Facebook a few weeks ago (because... well let´s just say it helps with my anger management), so the Taking Notes page is gone as well. Just as an FYI. I hope we can still be "friends". 

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Reader Comments (9)

Wow Katrin! What a gorgeous little hidden gem! So glad you've shared it with us. Doesn't it feel so good to let go of FB? I did a couple of years ago, and so glad I did.

June 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Fabulous! What a great secret place to share with us.

P.S. I love instagram, but I have never been on facebook. You don't need it in your life.

June 9, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

It's so beautiful that it looks fake, like it can't possibly exist.

June 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

I do understand about facebook and I work to keep it readable for me, it's not easy BUT it still keeps me in touch with "my people" many who would be lost to me without it connecting us. I was pretty sickened last year and had to only squint at it, but it seems a bit better lately and I as am planning a party for someone, I find I still need it on a practical level.

June 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Thank you all!

Vanessa - I am not saying FB is evil, it just doesn´t work for me at this point. It is definitely a good tool to stay connected with (old) friends!

June 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Beautiful! Looks very relaxing.
All the beautiful flowers!
I love going back to places I've been years before and I am always amazed of what I recognize and of what I've forgotten. But I am also a bit too nostalgic sometimes.
Thanks for sharing with us.

June 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTanja

Thank you for the beautiful pictures! What a place to be for a holiday!
So unspoiled by people.......

I was and will never be on facebook.......

June 21, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterinkiemulder

Hi, can you please let me know how you treat your lavendar? My is nice only the first year and then it looks like an old man survived a very hard life. what can i do? thank you very much. kindest alexandra

June 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandra

Alexandra - lavender needs to be cut back in spring and/or after it has bloomed. That´s the only advice I can give you, I never had any problems with lavender!

June 25, 2017 | Registered CommenterKatrin

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