Once upon a time our gentle France was brought to life by the crowing of the cockerel, the rising of the sun and the workers in the fields. To go back in time to this era and smell the country air, head for the Musée des Maisons Comtoises. It’s the complete picture! An environment of pure nature, animals that roam freely and authentic farmhouses from yesteryear all provide evidence in the great outdoors of the region’s architectural diversity and, indoors, of a way of life that was simple and free of fuss. Visiting these habitats, you can’t help but think how quickly things have moved on in just a few centuries.