"France is a movable feast !!!!!" France by gwened

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France is indeed a movable feast

Yes many if not all have heard read, that E Hemingway wrote a book posthumous that spoked tons about the beauty of Paris, and we all came to agree. However, I said , he was short, if he venture more into the country ,he will definitively write or had written a follow up book because France is a movable feast

See it for yourself to believe too.

France, is in the extremities of western Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea, Manche on the northwest, Atlantic Ocean in the west, and the Mediterranean sea in the n the southeast. The country has borders with Belgium and Luxembourg in the northeast, Germany and Switzerland in the east, Italy and Monaco in the southeast,and Spain and Andorra in the southwest.

It has possessions and territories such as Guyane in South America. Guadaloupe, Martinique, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Saint Martin, and Saint Barthéllemy in the Caribbean. French polinesia(Tahiti etc), New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna and Cilpperton in the Pacific Ocean; La Reunion, Mayotte, Eparse Islands, Crozet islands,Kerguelen islands, and Saint Paul-etAmsterdam in the Indian Ocean. As well as Adelaide lands in the Antartique circle.

It has 552 000 sq km in land ,and it is the 41st biggest country in the world. It is the 3rd biggest in Europe, Second if include the outer territories, ,and the biggest in the European Union. Biggest cities are Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Lille ,Bordeaux,Nice, Nantes, Strasbourg,and Grenoble.

Its roots are in Gaullic celts that were conquered by Julius Cesar in the 1 BC, but it takes its name from the Germanic people of the Francs that came in the 5C AC precisely in 496 AC where king of the Francs Clovis defeated Lothar of the Alemanni over the Rhine.

In 2010, France rank 6th in immigrant population with 7,8% of foreign stock. It is ,also, the most visited country in the world with around 78-82 million visitor per year. Paris been the first city most visited in the world with about 27M of which 18M are foreigners. French is the official central language but there are estimated 19 other variations in the country.

Official site representing France to the world is at

family trails of cathar country

lavaur is my wife's father side birthplace, so here in the middle of Cathar country is where deep France is the most beautiful

The best beaches are here too

the beaches of the Médoc, yes Bordeaux, has beaches on the Atlantic ocean side that can compare with the best in the world at the right time.
This one is at lacanau océan plage centrale

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  • Pros:France is a movable feast
  • Cons:none will ever be found
  • In a nutshell:The most beautiful country in the world
  • Last visit to France: Oct 2013
  • Intro Updated Oct 29, 2013
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  • gwened's Profile Photo
    21 hours ago

    After one year out, France is coming back to the offer of Select pass of Eurorail trains, it will be April 1st. The pass allows passing in one trip to about four countries in Europe; the pass for the four countries will cost about from 266€, and popular countries such as Portugal,Spain, France, and Germany.

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    Apr 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    New push in parliament to change the régions of France from 22 to 12, another historical mess!!!

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    Feb 20, 2014 at 5:55 AM

    L'association Sur les chemins de Compostelle Rouen-Chartres in the department of Seine-Maritime, in the area of Crea (communauté du Grand Rouen) is going to have plaque of nails with the symbol on the heads of St James,( Santiago de Compostela) and the 4 stars signifiying the routes or caminos that pass from France. The first 50 nails are in construction right now.

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    Dec 11, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    SNCF strike 11 à 13 décembre 2013

  • LeslieofTodd's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Hello Gwened! I am still reading your pages and continue to learn. Your France pages with your reviews and tips have been of great value to me. I am dreaming of a return trip....Leslie

    • LeslieofTodd's Profile Photo
      Oct 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      I am so happy for you in your new home. Hope you and your family are all well and happy. Please tell your fine young sons to raise a glass of beer for this old lady. Honestly, gwened, they were great fun!

    • gwened's Profile Photo
      Oct 26, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      thanks so much;oh yes that would be easy ::) but they are good kids. thanks for the well wishes, best to you too.

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    Jun 10, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    national general strike announce that could cause delays in FRance transportation systems between June 11 and 13. Confirmed your travel with your travel provider in advance of trip.

  • LeslieofTodd's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Hello and Happy Spring! I have spent many great hours reading through your France pages and looking at your photographs and have to give you credit for making me feel like my planned 18 day trip to France is going to be way too short. I am not even going to be seeing any of the western side of the country. I will be planning THAT trip next--probably with a visit to London added on. I will do everything I can to stay fit enough to return to see more than one trip will allow. Thank you for all you are contributing to my experience of planning this intitial trip to France. I may have some questions for you as I try to sort out the train system and figure out the best way to get to and from the cities I will be visiting. I have been to the websites and see that I have some options but I am starting with zero and though I have ridden on local domestic trains in the US, I have not been on a train for years and I want these train travels to be a pleasant part of the trip as a whole. Would you mind if I seek your advice? Good travels to you! Leslie

    • gwened's Profile Photo
      Mar 24, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      thank you for your comments, very much honor to help you see my country of adoption. and yes, you will be back ::)

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    Aug 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    The second book should have read, France is a movable feast ::)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I would appreciate visiting France! ~ It's marvellous!~


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