September is the time of the French la rentree - pommes for the teacher, pens/plumes, notebooks/cahiers, schoolbooks, you name it...
Darling Biff insisted on taking myself and Tout Sweet author, Karen Wheeler(his mum) to La Cite de L'Ecrit et des Metiers du Livre - sort of a prep trip for La Rentree.
It's in the vieille ville of Montmorillon so a pedestrian steep walk up hill and down cobblestone allies was on the menu.
With Biff leading the way our first stop was La Plume
An adorable hole-in-the-wall calligraphie shop
A plethora of plumes/pen points on offer
And even plume-feather earings!
Biff is rather bookish you know since his mom is an author of three books so he was in seventh heaven in this old bookish town
Book shops right and left
Everything very artsie
Especially the cobalt bleu art shop
In the street nearby a mini puce/flea
What should you wear when visiting a small town in the Poitou-Charente? A flowered chinzt pinafore of course accompanied by a floppy straw hat.
Biff and Karen take in the view on the vieux pont...
C'est l'heure de gouter (snack time!)