Rochefort-en-Terre is considered as the oldest flower village of France and is also member of the prestigeous club of the most beautiful villages of France.

The American painter Alfred Klots came across this small village and the ruins of its castle at the begin of the 20th century. He bought the castle, restored some buildings and convinced the villagers to decorate the old and charming buildings of the village with flowers. And voilà the first flower village was born. Whether it is a blessing or a curse is not up to me to decide. But certainly in July (and I guess also in August) it is hard for the small village to digest all the visitors pouring in.

We saw already a butterfly and flower, but there is more to see. Of course there is the castle or what is left from it – at least one building is nicely restored and is an impressive mansion.

From the yard one can enjoy a wonderful view over the roofs of Rochefort-en-Terre.

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And then the village with its houses, walls and flowers.

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And there are many many restaurant and creperies and shops, some with some quite nice handicrafts. Finally, tourists are expected to leave some money in the village. If you ever wanted a flying pig, here it is.

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Written by bihua

I worked and lived in Baku in Azerbaijan since September 2012 and started the blog "Life in Baku". End of August 2015 I moved to Rennes in France with the 365 project in my new blog "Life in Rennes".

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