5 Small Towns in France that Changed my Life Pauillac

5 Small Towns in France that Changed My Life

Place. More than just a location on a map. Some places become a part of who we are.

There are five small towns in France that have become a part of my personal geography.

5 Small Towns in France that Changed my Life Pauillac

As travelers, this is what we seek. Somewhere that impacts the way we see everything else. And everywhere else.

Here are five small towns in France that changed my life:

1. Moragne-sur-Gironde

This beautiful city is located in the Charente-Maritime department of southwestern France, and is just along the Gironde estuary. There are two parts of town. The old city is on the cliff and includes the traditional architecture of southwestern France, and has many small shops, a church, boulangeries, and friendly the office of tourism! The port is along the estuary, and has extremely cute bars, cafes, restaurants, and the most amazing antique shop ever.

It is the people and the view that make me love this place. Moragne-sur-Gironde is one of the five small towns in France that changed my life because after my 1 week of living there, I could not get it out of my mind. Everyone from the friends I lived with to the baker we got our baguettes from every morning treated me with kindness. Even an old lady who loved to talk to me, in French, about the flowers in her yard.

One evening I stumbled upon a field of sunflowers. Overlooking an old Christian Monolith and the sun setting over the Gironde estuary, I will never forget this place.


2. Pauillac

This beautiful  Gironde department city in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France stole my heart immediately. (Pauillac Office de Tourisme).

When you are riding your bike into Pauillac, the first thing you think is, “is this real life?!” This is one of the five small towns in France that changed my life because if how much I blossomed as an explorer and global citizen within it. With the small shops and lovely estuary-fronted cafes, I wouldn’t often chose to spend my early-morning journal and coffee time anywhere else.

But let’s not forget, the world famous wines that this city produces. It has 3,000 acres of vineyards. Not only that, but three of the Bordeaux’s Five Premier Cru Wines ( Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Mouton Rothschild.)

Check out my photo essay about the Story of Pauillac through Detail

Pauillac Cute Bike Small Town In France

3. Saint-Estèphe

Saint-Estèphe is bordering Pauillac just to the north. So, this could be #2.5 BUT Saint-Estèphe holds a large enough part of my heart that it could be 3, 4, &5. (Office du Tourisme).

There are so many beautiful chateaux to visit Saint-Estèphe. Along with the Maison du Vin, there may not be many more things to see in the “town” proper. But, having lived in this town for two months, I couldn’t not include Saint-Estèphe on my list of small towns in France.

Saint-Estèphe small town in France

4. Épernay

Heading up to the North of France, let’s sip some Champagne. Épernay is a commune in the Marne department in northern France. It is closest to the Reims, France. But it can also be referenced as 130 km west of Paris.

The feeling that comes with this small French town is one that inspires 4 kisses in everyone you meet. The bubbles mixed with the beautiful surroundings makes everyone very happy!

The biggest deal about all of Épernay is the Avenue de Champagne. All of the BEST champagne in the world is made here, and it is a pleasure to see. The architecture is heavily influenced by the German-inspired parts of France. Nevertheless, Épernay is one of the Frenchiest cities I have visited. (Office du Tourisme).

epernay france champagne vineyards

5. Monbazillac

Other than a few short nights in Saint-Estèphe, Monbazillac is the first of all the Small Towns in France that I became familiar with. To this day, it is where my favorite wine is grown.

Monbazillac is in the Dordagne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. It is near Bergerac, another beautiful town in France.

Monbazillac is full of beautiful people and tasty wines. (Maison du Tourisme).

What is your favorite town in France? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

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  1. I love reading about all of the beautiful places you’ve been to! Pauillac is just!!!! I’m off to Paris tomorrow and you were the first blogger I thought of. Any tips?! <3

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      I am SO honored to be thought of!!!!!! I definitely have some tips for Paris!!!!! First, get lost at all costs. Definitely take the metro nearly everywhere BUT sometimes getting off a stop early or even walking the whole way will take you by the cutest parts of the city!!! And please be sure to go to the Arc de Triomphe! It is just so pretty from the top of it! Just remember that there’s more to see and do beyond the typical “Parisian checklist”

      Here’s all my posts about Paris so far! thestudenttraveler.org/category/europe/france/paris/

      1. You came to my mind STRAIGHT AWAY!
        I’ve got your Paris posts favourited on my phone for any moment we think, “Hm what next?!”
        That’s super interesting about just walking and finding places. That sounds awesome. Arc de Triomphe is noted! Thank you so much for taking the time 🙂

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          That is the most amazing thing anyone has said to me!!! Thank you! Don’t forget about the best views of Paris! It’s truly a beautiful city! Don’t let anyone tell you different

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      Thank You! It is so nice to hear from you! I need to catch up with your blog asap! I hope that you are doing well!

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          I am doing great! Just trying my best to make my blog the best that it can be. Thanks for asking!

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      It is the best complement anyone could give me that I could inspire them!! I am so glad that you like the towns, I sure did! 🙂 Thank you for the kind words

  2. Thank you for this virtual trip to interesting places! I like it.

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      It makes me so happy that you like it!!! I sure love these towns!

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