We spent the second night of our French road trip in the small town of Marcillac-Vallon. I didn't necessarily choose Marcillac-Vallon, it was just on our route and the town I wanted to stay in didn't have any Airbnbs in our price range, so, in a sense, it chose us. I was planning to get into town late and leave early the next morning, just continuing on with our itinerary, and leaving no time at all to see the little village. However, our hosts were the picture of hospitality - and they weren't the first or the last! We encountered this over and over in France! Such kind people inviting us to be a part of their homes and lives and providing fantastic food that we couldn't help put other plans on pause to experience real life with real people - and it was beautiful.