Firstly Mirmande is not to be confused with Marmande.
Second, let’s review the rules as decreed by the P’s – Pascal & Philippe – about un-destinations.
Like any French village colourful window boxes are everywhere as are stone walls and cobbled streets, did I miss located on a hilltop!!
Mirmande is a charming village with the usual array of restaurants, cafes, hotels, a boulangerie, many galleries, a creperie and museums.
The cobbled streets of this medieval village are lined with charming houses. The only thing that is missing are bus loads of tourists, not that I’m complaining mind you.
The afternoon sun is a delight to indulge my passion and endeavour to capture what nature highlights with the light.
It’s such a pleasant change to amble around and enjoy your surrounds without being bustled by other visitors. The regular tourist seems to have the main purpose in life to take that selfie in front of “X” attraction, so they can tick that box. Then to quickly move on to another destination and repeat the process. I do feel sorrow and despair for them as they don’t take the time to really immerse themselves into the place they’re visiting.
The age of some of the building appear incredible to me in this case 1683. That was about 100 years before my home country of Australia was colonised.
Sometimes the small things can be beautiful if you take your time and look around and as is often said to “smell the flowers”.
The lovely fields that surround Mirmande in the late afternoon sun are sublime.
I find visiting the popular, must visit villages and towns, recommended by all and sundry are now catering to a tourist I don’t want to be surrounded by. All the usual shops can be found in the main parts of town.
Mirmande, I guarantee you, doesn’t have one of those shops, yet it has the charm of a real French hilltop village that is lived in and can be enjoyed by visitors alike.
My suggestion, yes, visit some of the must see’s, but do take the time to visit and stay in places like Mirmande and enjoy the hospitality and live like a local for a few days.
On second thoughts, maybe I should have kept Mirmande a secret, ok please don’t tell anyone about it.
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