Fabulous visit with Marmilloud Family in St-Peray, Valence.
10.07.2009 - 12.07.2009 30 °C
We have just enjoyed wonderful provincial French hospitality from the Marmilloud family. Christophe, Muriel and their two boys Nathan and Arthur live just outside the small village of St Peray, in the regional centre Valence. Valence is located 560 km south of Paris just off the main motorway to the south of France. Valence is serviced by the TGV, a very fast train that travels up to 300 km/h. It did the 560 km trip Paris to Valence in a little over 2 hours.
Amazing, it left and arrived on time, it was clean and comfortable and relatively cheap compared to driving. An infrastructure investment that provides a real boost to the local economy.
St Peray is overlooked by chateau ruins which provided the children with a great place to explore in the long evening light.
On our first day we crossed the Rhone into the Drôme district and up into the mountains. Our first stop was the village of St-Nazaine-en-Royans framed by a dramatic arched bridge, a gateway to the mountain terrain to come.
We drove through lovely villages such as Pont-en-Royans,
through Goulets tunnels, stopping for a picnic lunch at la-Chapelle-en-Vercors, the French resistance HQ during the WWII. Winding our way back down along the cliff edge around 'Rocher de Laval', with amazing views over the valley.
Day 2 was the excursion in the Ardeche region stopping at the lovely village of St-Montan,
driving through St-Remeze to the Gorges de l'Ardeche for a picnic lunch and swim.
Again beautiful drives along the cliff edges amongst picturesque villages, valleys and countryside.
We also had great fun being at home – toys, cubby house and the pool
provided great fun for the boys whilst the adults enjoyed great food, wine and conversation.
The children managed to play well together despite the language barrier which was great to watch.
It was a special experience for all, something to remember.