monday vacay : loire valley, france

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Take a quick vacay this Monday to the Loire Valley, France.

It’s hard to imagine that we were there just a month ago – sipping white wine, touring chateaus, playing cards, and taking in the breathtaking scenery.

It feels like a separate lifetime already.

These photos take me back, and I am so thankful for the memories.

french travel book

field of poppies gem photo

  Chateau Villandry, a short drive from where we were staying in Amboise.

chateau villandry france

chateau villandry france

chateau villandry france

chateau villandry france

french chateau gem photo

travel photography france by emily scott gem photo

travel photographer france gem photo

chateau villandry france

french chateau villandry by gem photo

em the gem european vacation

 Trying to pretend that it felt good sitting in 110 degree heat. Did we fool you?

the definition of hot

chateau villandry lavender

chateau villandry france

chateau villandry france

chateau villandry france

Some photos from our absolutely charming house. I highly recommend staying at Anne’s home in Amboise : The Pavillon des Roses.

pavillion de roses france

 There is a 16th century cave built into the hill behind the house that their ancestors lived and made wine in. Truly amazing.

amboise vacation

amboise, france

pink rose

clothesline france

vouvray wine

 Our simple meal made from some Amboise farmer’s market finds. Everything was so fresh + delicious.

simple french farmer's market dinner

french wine

 After dinner we sat on top of the hill above the house and watched the sun set. Enjoying some delicious Vouvray white wine. It’s sweet, crisp and refreshing.

amboise, france

 The next day we drove out to Chateau Chambord, the second largest in the Loire Valley.

It is famous for its double helix staircase, supposedly designed by Da Vinci.

You can bet Aaron geeked out a little.

chateau chambord, france

chateau chambord

central france

sunflowers in france

french countryside

field of sunflowers france by gem photo

 Be still my heart, France. I just love you.

If you still need another vacay, how about Burano, Italy?

AND I am excited to let you know I am releasing a limited amount of prints from our travels to Europe – and you can purchase them here!

Feel free to email me emily (at) for more details.



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