Ambiance chaleureuse

‘Ambience’: this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge.

I felt stuck.  In my head, I rummaged through my photo collection.  I discarded foggy moody atmospheric mornings like this one.  I rejected bright summer meadows and crisp snowy winter walks as not quite projecting the ambience I want to think about on this dismal January day.

Here’s what I’ve chosen.  It’s an image that’s more than six years old now, but it sums up much of what we loved best about our years in France.


Our walking group had played its part in organising a walk for ramblers from all over the region.  We’d arranged signage, helped sponsors set up their stall, marshalled the event, walked ourselves, and handed out certificates at the end before the visiting walkers departed.  Now we could relax.

Here we are in the mediaeval town square in Mirepoix, unwinding over a good and copious meal with plenty of wine.  The sun is shining.  The afternoon stretches lazily ahead of us.  We’re among friends. This is an ambiance chaleureuse at its finest.


Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

32 thoughts on “Ambiance chaleureuse”

  1. Agree how miserable it is today. Thought I recognised the place – we had a good lunch in Mirepoix last September on a hot, sultry day. It was the only place that we heard other English voices in two weeks of holiday down there.

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  2. I had to look up “chaleureuse” too. What a wonderful word! And captured so well in your chosen image. It must have been a tough decision to move on from such a life 🙂

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  3. Like KerryCan I had no idea what chaleureuse meant and I looked it up, Perfect word. Perfect photo. A warm afternoon spent enjoying food and friends and wine – sounds fabulous. Have a wonderful week.

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  4. “Ambiance chaleureuse” ~ such a joyful term and it reminds me of what I read in your lovely blog posts from France when I first discovered you! I hope you are unstuck now! Spring is coming.

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  5. You’re right. The snowdrops are out, the daffodils are working on it, and the days are longer. A better focus today than Politics with a Big P.


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