We spent our most relaxing Christmas ever by returning to our friend's farmhouse in the Vendeé area of France. Our days were spent relaxing in front of the fire, roasting chestnuts, reading books, playing games, decorating the tree, and preparing good food.
Click HERE to see photos from past Christmases
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The farmland near the house
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A display in the local Hyper U supermarket
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A cute man buys fruits.
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Our newest ornament
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Other tree ornaments
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Nick does some last minute wrapping.
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We attended a concert of Renaissance music in Fontenay-le-Comte
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This percussionist was a special guest on the evening.
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A duck seller at the Fontenay market
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Père Noël visits the Fontenay market.
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Also seen at the Fontenay market
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George strokes the neighbour's cat.
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The river at Vouvent was almost frozen over.
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That same river in summer. Click HERE to see our summer trip.
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A squirrel in the garden
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Full moon over Mouilleron
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The double heart and crown motif that is symbolic of the Vendeé
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The largest standing stone in France can be found at Avrillé.
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A beachside windmill
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Nick avoids the waves.
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Nick beside a prehistoric burial place.
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Atop the Dolmen de la Frébouchère
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What better time for a Flintstones moment?
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George didn't have time to get into his costume.
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Two of the windmills in Mouilleron
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A weird tree in the forest
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Our Christmas dinner: Delia Smith's Crisp Roast Duck with Confit of Sour Cherries
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This beautiful manor is now a creperie, believe it or not.
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Little devils in a mechanical arm game machine in Fontenay
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We took pastries to the beach and watched the sun set.
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Windswept beach
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This fat bird waddled into the field next to the farm house.
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Our evenings were spent playing games such as Scrabble.
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We had to taste oysters to satisfy our Been-Go cards.
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Nick flying his remote control pterosaur
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Our Christmas tree sat in the window to greet the two neighbours.
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One of France's many splendid chateaux
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One of France's many splendid men
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George in La Rochelle
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