1 Oct 2013

Longny-au-Perche, France {Show me your neighbourhood around the world series}

Show me your neighbourhood around the world

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:

a playground

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 street

a small street bordered by one of the streams that run through the village

a nursery

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!)

Our next stop will be in a couple of days over in the Netherlands hosted by Amanda at Life with a double buggy.

21 comments:

  1. how fun! i love that this series is mostly pictures with few words and am looking forward to taking the world tour! -maria

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  2. Ooh, love the old wash house!
    I laughed at your daughter asking "where's the rest?" at the playground!

    Forgot to e-mail you, but I've found me on the list and written down when it's my turn. I still have a few days to take my photos.

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    1. Perfect! Looking forward to your instalment, obviously.

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  3. Adorable!
    I find it curious though that there is a block of flats in a village which seems quite small. Perhaps it goes hand in hand with the nursery.

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    1. I know. It is a little pointless really and not very popular. But young people who cannot afford a house do live in them.

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  4. Great idea, look forward to reading them all.

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  5. What a beautiful little town! This series is going to be so much fun...looking forward to everyone's posts. Thanks for putting it all together!

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  6. How idyllic! Looking forward to the rest of the series :)

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    1. Not so idyllic when you are 15 and bored! I longed for a big city.

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  7. Absolutely loved all of the pictures! Thank you for allowing us a virtual visit of your neighborhood! :)

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  8. Salut ! What a beautiful town! And I bet the cheese and wine are great too!
    Marta

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  9. So beautiful and so nice! Hope to visit there someday!

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  10. Love the pictures, looks like a really attractive town! I spent a year teaching English at primary and secondary schools in Dreux, which looks like it isn't all that far away.

    Jonathan

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  11. The town looks very very beautiful and a calm, rejuvenating place to live.

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  12. It looks like a beautiful neighborhood and a lovely place to grow up.

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  13. This is gorgeous! I am so excited about this series!

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  14. What beautiful pictures. It's so real but set back in time given the history! It has a look that somehow manages to stay in style :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing your beautiful village!

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  16. It's like a fairy-tale town! Very beautiful!

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