Short trip to France

October 1, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took a short trip to France, to visit our friends to and to see the Circuit des Remparts, a vintage car race that takes place in Angoulême France each September.

The day after we arrived, we went for a nice drive in the countryside and visited Chateau de Pompadour.

The next day, we drove to Cognac to see the cars on display. There were a ton of cars, some there for the race and some for a vintage car rally. There were a lot of European cars, and some of them were really old like these Bugattis.

And then there was this one, which caused a couple of Europeans to exclaim “Blues Brothers!”

There were also pretty flowers.

We had wine for lunch every day!

The resident dog at a restaurant patiently waited for us to finish our lunch (and yes, we slipped him some leftovers).

I did not share my profiteroles with the dog (or anyone else).

We ate dinner here in our friends’ backyard. They are huge Jamie Oliver fans, and we enjoyed two of his recipes, plus one from Gordon Ramsay. As much as I like to cook, it was pretty nice to have someone cooking for me.

Race day in Angoulême. This one says This is not a car, it’s a way of life.

Here’s a really pretty one with Angoulême painted on it.

Most of the shops in town were closed on race day, but I found a pastry shop that was open, so I did some window shopping. I can’t believe I didn’t buy one of these huge meringues.

The town was packed on race day, so to make parking easier, our friends rode their motorcycle into town and we rode their Vespa scooter. There is a 0% chance that I will become a biker chick, but I survived the scooter ride.


  1. Awesome! Love the pic of you both on the Vespa.

  2. I LOVE these photos!!!! Those cars are pretty awesome!

  3. I don’t think I could ever be a biker chick either. I don’t have that thrill-seeking gene. This is probably connected to why I am a good home cook and not a restaurant reviewer…. You? Your trip looks wonderful!

    • Sarah, you hit the nail on the head – no thrill-seeking gene here!

  4. LOL on the Blues Brothers and the doggie…very cute. Those food photos are wonderful…when one goes to France, it is always a toss up as to what is more gorgeous, the scenery or the food. A toss up, I think. Looks like you all had a wonderful time, thanks for sharing, I just love your travel posts!

  5. I’m glad that you had such a wonderful trip! You are just too adorable sitting on the Vespa!

  6. Thanks for sharing these photos, loved them! Those profiteroles have my mouth watering! I have been nagging my husband to take me to France for years, hopefully it’ll happen sooner rather than later 🙂

  7. Looks like a great trip! Love the pics of cars and pastries

  8. looks like that was a lot of fun! what cool old cars

  9. It sounds and looks like you have a wonderful time on your short trip to visit friends. Lovely.

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