And this isn’t some sensationalist title I’m making up either. The red village of Collonges La Rouge has already been awards the title of one of the most beautiful villages in France, it is regarded by many as ‘the prettiest’ and is looking to officially cement that with recognition from the French authorities. The title of this post is entirely rooted in fact – a fact that becomes even more apparent once you visit the village!

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As soon as you step in it becomes quite clear why the village has its name (at least the ‘rouges‘ part in its name which translates to ‘red‘) – every building here is red!

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Stepping in here is like stepping into a place that time has forgotten and it’s absolutely amazing! It’s like something out of a French fairy tale.

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I’ve long since harboured a dream of moving to a French village for months on end and learning French by speaking to the locals while writing blog posts fuelled by copious amounts of pastries from the local patisseries and wine from the nearby vineyards.

This trip to the Dordogne valley is the first time I’ve ever actually believe a place like this truly exists outside of my own imagination.
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The houses are higgedly-piggedly and all I could think while walking through the streets was ” This is actually someone’s home! Someone gets to live here!”.

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The streets are lined with cute little shops, all vying for your attention…

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… and even cuter little restaurants.

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Our first port of call here was a little lunchtime cocktail session at Terres Rouge but its safe to say I was far too distracted by the village to pay attention to where everyone else had headed off to. It wasn’t till I was about 3 streets away that I realised I’d lost everyone else.

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Don’t tell them but this suited me just fine as I loved making my way around this beautiful little village and discovering little secrets as I wandered through. If fingers could get ‘lockjaw’, mine probably would have from the amount of photos I’d been taking.

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Selecting my favourites was an even harder task as its so pretty every corner you turn.

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Eventually, I found the others – as it turns out, I wasn’t the only one distracted by the lovely village and the others had all ended up venturing down different streets so we all ended up late for cocktails.

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I may or may not have downed my cocktails quickly so I could get on with seeing the village… Let’s take a little walk through it together on the way to lunch shall we?

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Lunch was at Auberge de Benges, a nice little restaurant with a great view of the surrounding valley and countryside.

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My lunch involved copious amounts of French red…

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… canard (duck) which tastes so much better than it looks!

(Pretty sure there was a salad and some potatoes with steamed vegetables somewhere here… 😉 )

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Finished off with creme brulee!!! One of my favourite desserts  and done just perfectly here. (That bit on top’s a chestnut but I’ve never truly understood the appeal of chestnut so I kicked it off my delicious creme brulee straight away!)

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Fuelled by lunch, I decided to make the most of my new found energy before the usual post lunch slow-down happened. Thankfully, the weather had picked up considerably too and the sun was out to play!

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I could go on and on about how amazing this place is and how much I love it here but honestly, all you really need to see are the photos and you’ll probably be able to see why I love this place so much!

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I would happily spend many-a-summer day here!

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Eventually, it was time to leave and I did my very best to drag this out for as long as possible. I’d apologise but I blame the town and the sunshine, the combo was just too much to resist.

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Okay, I can’t help  myself and I’ve gotta ask – can you see why this is the most beautiful village in France?

(*Or at the very least, one of the most beautiful villages in France!)



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You’re right this does look like a place from a french fairy tale! I love the architecture and rouge bricks =o) It must have been amazing to drink cocktails, explore the city and indulge in that duck! YUM! Duck is in my top three favorite meats =o)

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It was such a dreamy little place! Totally fell in love with the whole town… and that duck was delicious! It was sooooo juicy too! 🙂

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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OH MY GOSH THIS VILLAGE IS STUNNING. So picturesque!
I can’t even begin to imagine how you could select pictures for this post haha! I’d probably take 300 pictures and just stare at them going, i can’t choose i can’t choose i can’t choose lol!

x Carina

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Oh it was a really hard task Carina… we had hundreds like you mentioned and we wanted to include them all! Haha!

We’re going to have to put some in another post for sure! It’s just too pretty not to! 🙂

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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it is pretty:)

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It’s so pretty isn’t it Tanja 🙂

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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Loved this post, though you missed the dog!

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Ha! We totally did… and the running away when Lloyd knocked the gate over! 😉

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Incredible Images. I may be slightly jealous of the amount of travels you do & the places you visit. I was a big fan of the Leaning Tower of Pizza insta pic 😉

However I know you’ve worked very hard to be where you are now & you can finally enjoy it. Congrats

Jay – http://EclecticElite.com

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Thanks so much Jay! Such a kind thing to say! We’re loving all the incredible places… honestly, our blog is our little baby! We love it so much!

Thanks again Jay – your comment made our day! 🙂

Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

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Absolutely gorgeous! So many bloggers have been writing about pretty little French towns. It makes me want to jump in a car and road-trip them all! Hope you had a fabulous trip boys! x

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We fell in love with it Danielle – honestly, if you’re jumping in the car you’d best leave two free seats in the back for us! We’ll be back in an instant and we’re really good at dishing out car snacks on a long journey! Haha!

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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This little village looks divine. I currently live in Switzerland, and I love getting to France as often as I can. There are so many French towns to see, and now I’m adding Collonges La Rouge to list too! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Ah! That’s amazing! We’d be totally doing the same as you too! We honestly didn’t want to leave – it was as if we’d landed in a fairytale! Haha1 🙂

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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These photos are amazing ??
I can’t get over all these adorable little towns you visit in the European countryside. I’m obsessed and now need to plan a trip to them all. Thanks for constantly adding destinations to my bucket list!

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Thanks so much Kassie – there really are so many beautiful spots! Thanks so much for such a lovely comment. You made our evening! 🙂 xx

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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I love villages like this, such a far cry from London!

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It really is isn’t it Angie!

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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This looks like a fairy tale village! Great pictures!

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Thanks so much Pati! We loved the villages! They are so beautiful! 🙂

Lloyd & Yaya

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This does look so charming! I wouldn’t mind a getaway here to unplug a bit!

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It was the perfect place to unwind Rachel – it was an incredibly beautiful region.

Lloyd & Yaya xx

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