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je suis Charlie
post Feb 9 2018, 01:43 PM
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Anyone been? If so, where and what was it like?


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post Feb 9 2018, 02:10 PM
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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Feb 9 2018, 01:43 PM) *
Anyone been? If so, where and what was it like?



the wise head to the Drôme...
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post Feb 9 2018, 02:25 PM
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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Feb 9 2018, 02:10 PM) *
the wise head to the Drôme...

Sorry, being a bit slow here, probably because I'm a right winger, but what do you mean?


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post Feb 13 2018, 10:18 AM
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Just noticed this rolleyes.gif
I have been twice now, once to the coast at Cassis which was lovely on a week's trip as an homage to my favourite author Marcel Pagnol and once for a two week stay at a town called Cabrieres. My impression was that like the curates egg it was 'good in parts' scenically it was very nice, the gorge de verdon is very impressive and of course the lavender files look lovely, but, and it's a big but, the whole place is overcrowded, expensive and choked with traffic.
Glad I went but I far prefer the Languadoc!
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post Feb 13 2018, 02:12 PM
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I'd humbly suggest the classic English response does fit here. France is a lovely country, just a shame about the French! We are out of Europe soon, so the rest of the World is your oyster - go and enjoy.


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post Feb 13 2018, 03:29 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 13 2018, 02:12 PM) *
I'd humbly suggest the classic English response does fit here. France is a lovely country, just a shame about the French! We are out of Europe soon, so the rest of the World is your oyster - go and enjoy.

Personally always found the French jolly personable, warm and friendly. With of course the usual caveats about Parisians. With that said the days of the traditional past time of trundling through sleepy french villages, startling the natives and scattering both chickens and children from underneath the wheels of an open topped sportster, a map in one hand and a glass of Burgundy in the other before disappearing in a cloud of petroleum fume, dust and melodious tootling are I'm sad to say, long gone. unsure.gif
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post Feb 13 2018, 07:16 PM
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Ok, thanks for that, the wife thinks it's all 'A good year' nonsense. It's going to be there or one of the islands this year. I'll pass your thoughts on to her. Never looked at Cassis though, what's it like?


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post Feb 13 2018, 08:02 PM
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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Feb 13 2018, 07:16 PM) *
Ok, thanks for that, the wife thinks it's all 'A good year' nonsense. It's going to be there or one of the islands this year. I'll pass your thoughts on to her. Never looked at Cassis though, what's it like?


Can be busy in the season, but that's no surprise. As you like boats, probably more pleasant.


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post Feb 13 2018, 09:05 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 13 2018, 08:02 PM) *
Can be busy in the season, but that's no surprise. As you like boats, probably more pleasant.

Surprised you know it! Not many do. Where did you stay?
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post Feb 13 2018, 09:17 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 13 2018, 02:12 PM) *
I'd humbly suggest the classic English response does fit here. France is a lovely country, just a shame about the French! We are out of Europe soon, so the rest of the World is your oyster - go and enjoy.

We are not leaving Europe. We're leaving the EU. Geographically the UK will remain where We are. We will be the same distance from the rest of the world as we are now!
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post Feb 13 2018, 09:25 PM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Feb 13 2018, 09:05 PM) *
Surprised you know it! Not many do. Where did you stay?


Well, there you go. Sister in law came from Ferrageon and we had extended family visits.


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post Feb 13 2018, 09:28 PM
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QUOTE (Strafin @ Feb 13 2018, 09:17 PM) *
We are not leaving Europe. We're leaving the EU. Geographically the UK will remain where We are. We will be the same distance from the rest of the world as we are now!


You are absolutely correct. I suppose I was letting my English age old predudice against the French show. Mind, as far as I've been able to tell, they've never been over keen on us and I'm not over convinced that us leaving EU will have a positive effect on that relationship.


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post Feb 13 2018, 09:49 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 13 2018, 09:25 PM) *
Well, there you go. Sister in law came from Ferrageon and we had extended family visits.

Great cliff walks, and down to the calanques. Wonderful memories, heard my first Scops owl there. Bliss.
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post Feb 14 2018, 06:32 AM
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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Feb 13 2018, 09:49 PM) *
Great cliff walks, and down to the calanques. Wonderful memories, heard my first Scops owl there. Bliss.


Very nice, but must admit, I haven't been back for a few years though.


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post Feb 14 2018, 09:05 AM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Feb 13 2018, 04:12 PM) *
I'd humbly suggest the classic English response does fit here. France is a lovely country, just a shame about the French!

Bit racist there OTE!!
Bet you wouldn't say that about, say, the Pakistanis?? ohmy.gif
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post Feb 14 2018, 04:04 PM
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Feb 14 2018, 09:05 AM) *
Bit racist there OTE!!
Bet you wouldn't say that about, say, the Pakistanis?? ohmy.gif


Very good point, I agree!

The latest rugby matches gave me much the same thoughts. Arguably, abusive criticisim of a nation state team is arguably racism. I'd go further, if there is really no difference between them, then how can we create national teams?

So, I'm quite happy to criticise the Spanish for animal cruelty and the Indians for failing to do anything about poverty in their country etc.etc.etc.

When it comes to immigration, that necessarily comes at a personal level. I have absolutely no issue with anyone coming to this country, provided we have room.


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post Feb 14 2018, 04:41 PM
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Thanks to everyone who contributed, all useful (I think) am now concerned that we may get stopped at the border, frisked, detained and sent down on our return for the deliberate and wilful importation of banned substances. To whit, 200gm of, wait for it! Fois gras! Oh JC, why you sooo fuunny?


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post Feb 14 2018, 08:47 PM
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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Feb 14 2018, 04:41 PM) *
Thanks to everyone who contributed, all useful (I think) am now concerned that we may get stopped at the border, frisked, detained and sent down on our return for the deliberate and wilful importation of banned substances. To whit, 200gm of, wait for it! Fois gras! Oh JC, why you sooo fuunny?

And throw away the key I say. Muck.
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post Feb 14 2018, 08:52 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 14 2018, 08:47 PM) *
And throw away the key I say. Muck.

Lovely stuff! Some people huh.


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post Feb 14 2018, 10:04 PM
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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Feb 14 2018, 08:52 PM) *
Lovely stuff! Some people huh.

I agree, thin sliced whole-wheat, a nice glass of Pomerol and some Calvados. Scrummy!
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