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Michelle Wells Grant Blog – France 2014 – Part 4 the French Truck Stop

For those that are still on the fence on whether a stay at La Bonne Etoile is in your stars for the summer of 2015….pull up a chair, and have a good read.

It is always a blessing to experience La Bonne Etoile through the eyes of our guests.  10520846_10205246069459761_8159841505932365027_nPlease welcome Michelle Wells Grant from Austin TX as we share her blog from 2014 while attending the summer workshop of Margaret Dyer.  Reprinted by permission of Michelle Wells Grant.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jist yur run-of-the-mill French truck stop

 Note from Kippy, it really is a truck stop…les routiers are part of a specific classification of restaurants with certain requirements, such as parking for large rigs, open daily, quick service, and communal tables available.  We have to admit, this one is exceptional….if you aren’t a truck driver, you need reservations.
Four months later and I’m still writing about my artists’ trip to France with Margaret Dyer. This will be the last of it I think, but I just had to shoot this little pictorial your way. Our hosts, Kippy and Jerome, called this a local “truck stop” but it shore ain’t lookin’ like any truck stop we have around these here parts in Texas. Welcome to Le Relais, near Fontaine-Fourches, France. It was a collectors paradise and truly a visual experience!
The vintage teddy bear collection was next to my place at the table. At first I was a little creeped out but soon enough they became my friends. One of them held my cell phone while I ate.
Our fabulous group of artists!
These were the most charming porridge bowls for children. They are hollow on the inside, you unscrew the little gold birdie, and fill the inside with hot water so that the porridge stays warm. I wanted one. Good thing the teddy bears were watching closely … one of these might have found its way into my purse. ;-))
A beautiful collection of pitchers. Most of them seemed to be Majolica but I didn’t dare pick one up to check.
These gorgeous enamel coffeepots were my favorite collection there! There were so many! This photo shows  about half of them.
Embroidered samplers galore!
Antique sewing machines and baskets.
There is a name for these precious figures. Kippy, help me out … what is it?
Last but not least … my dessert. A lovely little cherry clafouti. Délicieux!
AU REVOIR!

 

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