An autumn honeymoon trip to France

2017 was a great year for epic trips abroad. In May we travelled to the US to get married  and in October we took a delayed honeymoon trip to France ♡

Two good friends of ours Lenka and Alastair (I photographed their wedding earlier in the year) invited us out to stay in their beautiful gîte 'La Bergerie' between Le Mans and Tours. We had a wonderful time exploring the local area, eating far too much delicious food and drinking excellent wine. The gîte would make an incredible alternative honeymoon getaway and I can't recommend the place enough :) 

After a lovely few days we travelled by train to Paris for a 24 hour sightseeing trip. Neither of us had visited Paris before so we were keen to see as much as we could! Unfortunately we both found the city to be such a shock to the senses in comparison to the peaceful countryside we'd left behind at 'La Bergerie'. We filled up on gluten free pastries and coffee and took another train down to some long overdue mountain air. 

Chamonix felt like a dream. The air was so fresh and the mountains so beautiful that I didn't want to leave. We spent a wonderful week here hiking, eating (notice a pattern here!?), exploring and dreaming about a simpler life. We made some big decisions during this trip about where we see ourselves in the future (stay tuned later this year to find out!) and we both returned home feeling super relaxed and happy ♡ I recommend Chamonix (out of season!) to anyone who wants to unwind and completely relax :)

The timing of our trip meant that I celebrated my 29th birthday while we were in Chamonix. We spent the day up the Aiguille du Midi, a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif which towers over the town. Taking two cable cars up the mountain and experiencing the incredible views and mountain air has to be one of the greatest experiences of my life to date. I will never forget the beautiful smell of the snow and the beautiful silence up above the clouds. I recommend the experience!

2017 was such an adventure and I can't wait for what 2018 brings - some amazing weddings and another two awesome trips in the works! 

Russell created this video of our trip, check it out :) 

Enjoy the photographs ♡ (there are quite a few...)

La Bergerie
French gîte near Loire Valley
French gîte | Alternative Honeymoon Inspiration
Beautiful French countryside
French gîte | Alternative Honeymoon Inspiration
Flowers in the window of a French gîte
Bedroom in French gîte | Alternative Honeymoon Inspiration
Kitchen in French gîte | Alternative Honeymoon Inspiration
Fireplace in French gîte
French gîte in countryside
French market
French market | vegetable market stall
French soap market stall
Two French women kissing on cheek at market
Beautiful French town
French book swap
French chateau
French chateau and woodland
French chateau
Sacré-Cœur, Paris
Sacré-Cœur and Montmartre, Paris
Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Chamonix postcard
Chamonix France
river Arve Chamonix
This is so important!

This is so important!

French children playing in the street
Couple walking through Chamonix
Chamonix town centre with Bossons Glacier
Bossons Glacier Chamonix
Église Saint-Michel de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
l'aiguille du midi cable car
l'aiguille du midi cable car Mont Blanc
The Alps
Mont Blanc and the Bossons Glacier
The Alps
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
l'aiguille du midi
Chamonix valley
l'aiguille du midi cable car and Bossons Glacier
l'aiguille du midi cable car and Mont Blanc massif
Hiking up aiguille du midi
Hiking up Aiguille du Midi
Hiking in the mountains
Hiking up Aiguille du Midi
Aiguille du Midi and Lac Bleu
Hiker next to Lac Bleu looking up at Aiguille du Midi
Lac Bleu and Aiguille du Midi
Hiker looking up at Aiguille du Midi
Chamonix Mont Blanc
French forest
Hiker in the French forest
Walking boots
French pine tree forest
Hiker in pine tree forest
Chamonix through the trees
Chamonix waterfall
Chamonix waterfall
Lake Annecy with autumnal trees
Autumn at Lake Annecy
Boat on Lake Annecy
Lac Annecy
Boats on Lac Annecy