Ici, Alleurs, A coté

Ici, Alleurs, A coté
Ici, Alleurs, A coté

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”  – Dr. Seuss

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”  – Diane Duane

“Reading brings us unknown friends.” – Honoré de Balzac


While still in Montolieu and having toured the Conservatory of Book Arts & Crafts, we were in serious need of refreshments and then there are books to be discovered. We were  in luck as just across from the museum was a charming tea shop/bookstore. On this particular day, the books were to wait as we indulged in the tea and delicious cakes. The cakes to choose from on that day were chocolate or chestnut. The small tea cakes had been baked in a rose shaped mold, were moist and delicious. While I am a chocoholic, I choose the chestnut one and it was amazing. Nathalie is a gracious host and as we left we met one of the resident cats. After all, what is a bookstore without a cat or two in residence?Montolieu has much to offer. There are numerous shops, cafés, museums, courses on paper and book making and don’t forget all those bookstores! While admittedly most books are in French, there are numerous other languages represented as well as collectibles. My personal policy is that I “must” find a collection o poems by a French poet each visit. My collection grows and it is also part of my French learning I assigned myself.  If you are into books, reading or writing, there is something here for you. If not, it is a beautiful place to stroll and have a picnic.

Besides having the books and tea shop, like many shops in the village there is a good selection of regional products available. When you visit Montolieu, stop in and meet Nathalie and Stéphane.


Livres, books, livres, books...
Livres, books, livres, books…


Flowers & Cakes!
Flowers & Cakes!


Tea room side of the shop
Tea room side of the shop – Nathalie and Yvonne
Special blends on offer
Special blends on offer
View from the bridge across the road
View from the bridge across the road
A great place for a picnic!
A great place for a picnic!

15 thoughts on “Ici, Alleurs, A coté

    1. Polly, thank you. I was stuggling to leave a comment on your blog about an hour ago. It wouldn’t even let me click the like button and I have no doubt the issues are on this end… I shall try again.

  1. I can’t imagine a better way to spend a day. I had to smile the whole way through this post. I love it that you collect collectible books of poems. That appeals to my sense of wonder and reverence for books. A beautiful post, Lea.

    1. Thank you and I’m glad you found things to enjoy on one of my blogs. I wish you all the best in your blogging journey.

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