I am kicking off what promises to be a great little series, today, with amazing bloggers who are all going to show you/us around their city/neighbourhood. We have 24 countries represented and 33 entries spanning the entire globe. From today until the end of November, every two days, you will be able to discover a little corner of the world you may not know and see how people live there.
You can find the schedule for this little world tour here.
Today I will show you around Longny-au-Perche (or Longny for short). What? It is pronounced something like loney by the locals. It is a very small village (about 1600 inhabitants) in rural North-West France about 160km west of Paris. I could write it is home... but I am not sure it is anymore. It is where I grew up, I got married and where we go, as a family, to relax and see our French family.
Here are my 6 mandatory photos from the village:
|this is one of the two 'playgrounds' in the village - when my daughter goes she always says: 'where is the rest?'|
a local mode of transport
|no public transport - so you either need a car or one of these if you are young (ok, maybe not my grandfather's one)|
a typical house
|a small 'block of flats'|
|a small street bordered by one of the streams that run through the village|
|a local nursery for kids between 3 months and 6 years old - these are rare in rural France. the village is lucky to have one.|
a market, supermarket or other shopping outlet
|the local weekly market - a tradition where people meet and buy good food|
and more photos to give you a taste of life in Longny:
|most of the village is in a hole, surrounded by hills. to get out, you must pedal hard as a kid on your bike!|
|the local church|
|a flowery summer backyard|
|an old wash-house - a cool meeting place when you are a teenager|
|town hall (on a famous wedding day ;-) i.e. there isn't normally that many people kissing each other!)|