Vineyards in the Countryside

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I’m very close to my mum’s side of the family but I never really got along with my dad’s side of the family. It’s… cultural, I guess. For a start, my grand-father was a gendarme and his authoritarian personality clashes with my parents’ relaxed attitude, not to mention that my dad is an artist and didn’t exactly embrace what his father would have called a “proper career”. Things could have changed over the years, as we grew older, but we didn’t. Now that my grand-parents (and extended family on my dad’s side) fully embrace far-right-wing ideologies and other conservative behaviours, there isn’t much to talk about when we meet.

So we rarely meet, even though they live close to Nantes. C’est la vie.

Yet, we have to see each other at least once when we are in France. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. We aren’t at this stage yet.

My mum bailed out at the last minute (“not enough room in the car”, she claimed), so my brother, Feng, my dad, Mark and I drove to their sleepy little town, just outside Nantes. It’s another world over there. It’s rural, in the middle of the wine country. This is another reason why we don’t get along—I’m not a drinker and I don’t care much for wine but they sure like it.

It’s pretty though, a mix of forests, vegetable patches here and there and vineyards.

Would I live there? Hell, no.

You can find all the pic­ture in the France 2015 set.

Vineyards in Saint Fiacre

Vineyards in Saint Fiacre

Apple Tree

Apple Tree

Vineyards in Saint Fiacre

Vineyards in Saint Fiacre

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Big Apple Fan

Big Apple Fan

Big Apple Fan

Big Apple Fan

Lettuce

Lettuce

Watering Cans

Watering Cans

Vegetable Patch

Vegetable Patch

Vineyards

Vineyards

The Forest

The Forest

The Forest

The Forest

The Forest

The Forest

The Forest

The Forest

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

4 Comments

  1. I am not surprised to hear that they are right-wing and live in the rural area of the country. It definitely correlates, no? I guess, the less exposure you have with other cultures, like in cities, the less likely you’ll embrace liberal politics.

  2. I do not know why, but I find it very hard to relate to people from the far right … maybe because their ideas are based in the hate of others.

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