labeaume, france

We spent a good bit of the third day of our French road trip, a Monday, exploring the Gorges de l'Ardeche, but before we got started, we left our Airbnb and set off in search of breakfast.  As was our mission most mornings in France, we were hoping to find some good pastries this particular morning, but as we soon learned, most patisseries close on Mondays.  What we found that morning was definitely not a highlight of the trip, although it was pretty enough to warrant a picture, as you'll soon see.  We settled for treats we found somewhere that felt similar to a convenience store, both in range of products and in quality of goods (in other words, they weren't great)...but alas, we had eleven days in France and you can't make every meal a winner during a trip that long.

If my memory serves me correctly, the drive to Labeaume was lovely, and once we actually arrived in town, we didn't stay long, as we were anxious to get into the Gorges de l'Ardeche before it got too hot.  Labeaume is situated along the La Beaume River (imagine that) and has  a popular sandy beach on one side of the river - the other side has steep cliffs.  Probably my favorite part of Labeaume, though, was the flowers blooming over doorways like it was the most natural thing in the world.  In reality, I'm sure people work hard to make them grow just so and water them and take care of them and so on, but they just look effortless and like a natural part of the buildings - spring in the French countryside was basically the definition of idyllic.

See more from our road trip around southern France: our day in Toulouse here, and all of our stops on our first day: Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Bouzies, Rocamadour, Padirac CaveLoubressac, and Figeac.  We began our second day in Marcillac-Vallon and Belcastel, made a stop at the Viaduc de Millau before heading into the Gorges du Tarn, and finally checked out the lovely Sainte-Enimie and then we stayed the night in Le-Pont-de-Montvert.