Ouchamps

All the English Wikipedia site says of this French place is Ouchamps is a commune in the Loir-et-Cher department of central France.

There’s more, as you might expect, on the French version of Wikipedia but it clearly is not a place on the main tourist trail. Wed got there in 2002 when we were being proper tourists, looking at the Loire Valley and even a couple of the famed chateaux. I note that the day we saw Ouchamps we also visited the well-known Chateau de Chenonceau.

But when I look through my photos from that day it is this one of Ouchamps which catches my eye.

Sheer beauty for me!

Sheer beauty for me!

This was in the March of 2002 and some early spring green is appearing on some of the trees whilst the tall thin trees (poplars?) still display winter gauntness. And to set off the scene there is a charming little barn.

To me this is real France – more so than the castles and grand homes found nearby. This is clearly a building needed by a toiling worker who tills the soil. Just lovely.

Finally, I can’t resist translating Ouchamps to ‘where field’. Somehow that sums up the picture.

 

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