B&B – Chambres et table d’hotes – in the Creuse ‘les Puits’

by Erica Berman

Photo Erica Berman
view from bedroom window

Feb 1, 2009 –  Tonight we head toward our B&B I found in La Creuse, a little known & lovely region of France. Orleans, to Vierzon to Le Chatre to Creuse. We arrive in fog and drizzle to a little village in the middle of nowhere welcomed warmly at our chambre et table d’hotes  by a lovely transplanted English couple….creusepuits3Paul, a butcher, found his niche as the English butcher in the French ‘boucherie’ shop. There are so many Brits here that they needed someone they could communicate with. Lois is a massage therapist who now dedicates herself to the Bed & Breakfast . Tea, a fire, a cat and dog. We show Paul and Lois how to make their wireless Internet work …. they are pessimistic of potential success and then grateful and surprised when we succeed. As it is Sunday night  all is closed and we have reserved a meal (20 eurs per person). Homemade  green vegetable soup and creme fraiche, duck with green beans and salad, gratin dauphinois, chocolate cake and more crème fraiche, and oranges in a morroccan sauce, tea… yumm!

Full and with borrowed DVD, we settled into our king sized bed and luxury sheets after a wash up with the thick Egyptian cotton towels, white of course!! All of this for 70 Euros a night~

Breakfast – brioche, baguette, coffee, fruit salad, granola, cereal.. and fresh juice. No time to visit the XV century chateau…a small winding route through mist and hills and little towns with thick stone houses and farms. La france profound. This is the actual center of France. Highly populated by the English…. who come for the quality of life and the tranquility.  La Creuse, is one of the regions the least populated of France. We will be back to discover a bit more in depth.

“Made up of three departments, the Haute-Vienne, Creuse and the Correze and to the west of the Massif Centrale the Limousin is one of the most rural regions in France and is perfect for anyone wanting tranquility and remote, unspoiled landscapes. The area is littered with ancient churches, castles and villages creating a timeless feel that transports you to another era. Although peaceful there is plenty to do – satisfying even the for most active of people. With numerous rivers and lakes making it an excellent area for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and fishing as well as a myriad of other outdoor activities.”

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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Erica Berman's Website

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