~A Little French Countryside~


This home, in Missouri, looks like it might be located somewhere in the French countryside. 

Because this post mentions French Countryside and we visit an old French town, in Missouri, I’ve added the photo.


Wickliffe Kentucky

We began our trip home, from Tennessee, early Friday morning.  I charted a course through Franklin, to West 96 and south on 100, to Highway 40, west of Nashville. 

I am the navigator. Anytime I plan a trip away from cities and interstate highways, J is a very happy camper.

We turned north on 641, just east of Jackson Tennessee and drove to Hazel Kentucky, where we saw antiques, before continuing on to Paducah.

Because the Cardinals were in town, Friday, and the traffic might be a tad heavy in St Louis, we decided to spend the night in Paducah, Kentucky, where we hatched a plan to cross the Mississippi River, somewhere south of St Louis.

This plan is the reason why you don’t see a photo of the Arch, upon our return home.

Early Saturday, we crossed the Mississippi, near Wickliffe Kentucky. 



Although we enjoy our road trips, it’s always good to come home to Missouri.

Ste. Genevieve Missouri

We stopped at Ste. Genevieve, an historic French Colonial town, about an hour south of St Louis, on Highway 55.


The Bolduc House Museum

The Bolduc House was the first authentically restored historic structure in Ste. Genevieve - an outstanding example of French colonial architecture. Built in 1770 out near the river on the Le Grand Champ field by Louis Bolduc, a Canadian lead miner, merchant and planter. The house is of vertical log construction but is a post on solle or foundation. The house features a distinctive stockade fence, galleries and hip roof. After the great flood of 1783 the house was taken apart, and reassembled in its present location in 1784. The house, located at 123 S. Main, is open to the public April thru October and is owned by the Missouri Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Information from Ste. Genevieve Website





Ste. Genevieve County Court House



Fountain in the garden of a Ste. Genevieve Restaurant


Church of Ste. Genevieve steeple, seen through the branches of a Kwanzan Cherry tree, across from the court house.



As we drove north, toward home, we talked about stopping at Kimmswick, Missouri and The Blue Owl, a wonderful and very popular restaurant, just a short drive north of Ste. Genevieve.  We decided if the wait was 20 minutes or longer, we would buy a pie to take home and continue our trip, rather than wait.  Just as we thought, there was a wait.  Those of you who know The Blue Owl will not be surprised. Believe me, had we not been on the road from vacation, we would have waited.  It is absolutely worth it.  We recommend The Blue Owl.

J chose a pecan pie with chocolate chips, a delicious treat with a glass of iced tea, when we arrived home, 8 hours after we embarked on the last leg of our road trip.

The trip home, from Paducah, is usually a 3 or 4 hour drive.  We  enjoy the journey, which means, for us, back roads and meandering.


While in Ste. Genevieve, I found a couple of pieces to add to my Mikasa French Countryside, at an antique shop; an 18 inch oval platter and a covered vegetable bowl.  I’m linking to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures, because I could not believe my eyes when I saw the prices.


Mikasa French Countryside 18 inch platter and covered casserole/vegetable. A little more than yard sale cost, but extremely bargain priced Thrifty Treasures.


This post is rather lengthy with a few extra links.  I hope you will click them, because they are worth the visit.


In the meantime, stop by Rhoda’s

and Mary’s Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.

I’ll return, later this week, with more Franklin, Tennessee homes.