The small village of Coulon was only a few mins away and being the Easter break, there were plenty of tourists. The glorious weather certainly drew everyone outside and I have to say that it couldn’t have been nicer to see people enjoying themselves after 2 years of almost continuous restrictions. The village sits on the Sèvre Niortaise which flows through the area and is very popular for outings in the flat bottomed boats. It would have been fun to go on one, but Maggie really doesn’t like water at all!

DSCN7136Coulon and The Sèvre Niortaise


DSCN7125‘Messing about’ on the river.

I was just a little bit too late for the market, but perhaps that can wait for another time.



Maggie really wasn’t that happy pacing the streets and with 26c it was too warm to be surrounded by buildings. The very helpful tourist office had maps of local walking tracks, and before long we were on our way.

DSCN7129This is MUCH better!


The warm spring weather and the solitude of the walk was just beautiful. There were plenty of birds to see and hear and the frogs were echoing all around the meadows. The path continued to the tiny village of La Garette.


Now, if you follow this road down where the people are, and go around the bend you will come across a lovely little open-air cafe and they have the best selection of ice-cream! 2 scoops please….after-eight and coffee will do very nicely 🙂 Maggie certainly approved!

A Bientot!

About Al in France

Dreams do come true and I am now retired and living with Maggie, my chocolate labrador, in France in the Deux-Sevres. I love travel and photography and hope to combine both interests here to make a record for myself, and somewhere where I hope you will get to enjoy a part of my life in this region, in France and further afield when I get the opportunity. Please feel free to follow and comment. A Bientot!
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