And here is a photo to explain what I meant with the white houses and the blue windowshutters.
While we were in the Vendee we visited "Bourinne du Bois Juquaud". A lovely farm of former days. They say : "..it is a reminder of what was life like in the Vendee Breton Marshes during the early part of the 20th century". It now is used as a kind of museum. You can get an idea of how people lived then.