Our weekends are numbered, so we are trying to make the most out of it with weekend trips away. We thought we had already discovered all of the "most beautiful villages in France" within a 2-hour drive of Carmagnac, but we were wrong. Bijou's teacher Nelly recommended a visit to Mornac Sur Seudre upon discovery that we had planned to take the kids to the beach in Royan last week. This little artist village is just 9km from the seaside town of Royan and packed with art galleries, creperies, seafood restaurants, potters, and of course a bunch of darling stone village homes with blue shutters and doors. If you are ever in the area, it's definitely a village worth checking out.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch at one of the creperies in town. With it still being the low season around here, we often find ourselves dining alone at restaurants. It works perfectly for my rowdy bunch. The kids will only sit still for about 20 minutes and the rest of the time is spent petting the dog roaming among the tables or flirting with the waitress for another Carambar (candy). The village is small so it was perfectly walkable for some 15" legs and just big enough to get their wiggles out before we forced them back into the cranky-chamber (i.e. car) for the rest of the drive to the beach. Roadtrips are a hell-of-a-lot better than they used to be but could still use some improvements ;-\