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Iloved read­ing the ar­ti­cle ‘Wheels of For­tune’ about the iconic Citroën 2CV ( Liv­ing France May 2018 is­sue). The de­scrip­tions and photos of the clas­sic French car made a lovely read with a café crème and set me think­ing ‘what if...’.

The photo of Ro­bil­lard’s amaz­ing wooden replica of a 2CV sud­denly brought lovely mem­o­ries of time with my chil­dren rush­ing into my mind.

We’d spent three days look­ing at houses in sev­eral re­gions pre­tend­ing we were on an episode of A Place in the Sun – we even had sev­eral in bud­get, one over bud­get and one wild card! I’d promised the chil­dren and my hus­band a ‘holiday’ af­ter the house-hunt­ing so we spent six days at Bra­cieux with the in­ten­tion of vis­it­ing friends and Château de Cham­bord. I hadn’t re­alised that right next door to the Hut­topia camp­site was the shop of choco­latier, Max Vauché. We saw our friends, but apart from that out­ing, the camper van stayed put.

The smell of the choco­late was so in­tense as we passed the place, thanks to liq­uid choco­late run­ning down the wall just in­side the en­trance Willy Wonka style, it kept call­ing us back. We went on the tour, vis­ited the shop and sam­pled the treats from the café du choco­lat un­der a para­sol.

The trig­ger for these lovely thoughts of truly happy fam­ily time? A car made of choco­late ( see above)! Karyn Thomp­son, Vale of Glam­or­gan

P.S. Af­ter con­sid­er­ing the ‘wild card’, we are now all en­joy­ing our part-time life in the ‘over-bud­get’ house in Haute-Vi­enne.

A car made out of choco­late at the Max Vauché choco­la­terie in Bra­cieux, Loir-et-Cher

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