Whoville Utopia Discovered in Antraigues-sur-Volane, France

There’s a teeny-tiny village…

located atop the grand Rhône Alpes in the south of France where the desired “happiness” truly exists. I thought it was a fantasy; I couldn’t believe my eyes. Sheer joy flourishes here not because the village is hundreds of years old nor because the surrounding nature is incredibly beautiful, but because happiness is at its very core.

The people of Antraigues-sur-Volane have enveloped the true meaning of community: a social group with common interests and shared goals. Like a replica of Dr. Seuss’ Whoville, I watched the residents combine efforts to host the annual Jean Ferrat festival in which hundreds of tourists would flock to and temporarily inhabit their petite hometown. For four days and nights, the handful of villagers planned together, toiled together, and ate together; and at the end of the fourth day, they danced together, because after great effort comes great celebration.

Thus, in a quaint village nestled among the mountains, a place where everyone really knows each other’s names, and when they ask “how are you” they actually care how you are, HERE, here is where true happiness exists.

As always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney

It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you’re from. Here, we are all family.

An Anonymous Villager

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