Gerberoy: one of the most beautiful villages in France

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May 21st 2015
Published: May 21st 2015
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Cafe au lait
Sunday 17 May 2015

Today was for driving from our accommodation near Beauvais to Rouen. This Is a relatively short distance so we took the advice of our knowledgeable host and decided to stop and explore the village of Gerberoy en route. Gerberoy completes a triangle formed with Amiens and Beauvais. Our trusty GPS friend kept us on the back roads as we left gently sloping fields of green crops growing right up to the road edge and headed into wooded hills. The fresh spring green all around us on this sunny day made the drive a real pleasure. We passed through many villages and soon were approaching Gerberoy. Before we entered the little town we found a handy car parking area under shady trees, already occupied by a number of vehicles. With some expert reversing we were installed in a space between two trees, and set off to see the sights.

Gerberoy has been preserved in the best way, not infested with tacky tourist shops, and Is officially listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France . Every few steps another picturesque view appeared, always enhanced by gardens made with French flair. Half timbered or brick houses line the cobbled streets. In a narrow lane where wisteria and roses vied for space we spotted an opening in a wall, through which we could see small tables and chairs in a garden setting. Lime green seat cushions and place mats said "come in for un cafe au lait" and so we did! We are sure that later in the season tourists will fill the village and its carparks to capacity. For now it was a truly delightful place to visit, oozing history and atmosphere, with friendly staff happy to make us welcome.

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