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Old 08-18-2003, 04:22 PM
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Default How Crazy Is This? French Politics

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I mean really. It is hot so the government minister of something steps down? WTF? Of course they live in a country with mandatory incompetence and inefficiency (35 hr. workweek) and a slew of socialist garbage. But a lot of the deaths were geezers left at home by vacationing relatives. How is that any of the govt's business? I think they need a ministry of weather so they can legislate lower temperatures. They are arrogant enough to try. [img]/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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Old 08-18-2003, 05:13 PM
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Default \"Much of France shuts down in August.\"

You can't understand that, until you actually experience it. An army could invade the country and nobody would notice until September.

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Old 08-19-2003, 02:48 AM
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Default Re: \"Much of France shuts down in August.\"

Correct me if I'm wrong Cyrus, but isn't August the traditional "Holiday" month for much of Europe? Almost everyone is off going into each others countries and causing traffic jams, beaches are jammed, hotels are jammed, restaurants are jammed, whore houses are jammed etc. Not the time to visit Europe.

An army could invade France any time of the year and nobody would notice. The reason nobody invades is that France is so unimportant. I have been to France, and was only impressed by the amount of filth it contained. I know there are charming portions to the country but France is the least appealing country Iíve ever visited.

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Old 08-19-2003, 01:36 PM
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"Isn't August the traditional "Holiday" month for much of Europe? Almost everyone is off going into each other's countries."

But that would mean that each country would still be full! [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Yes, Europe shuts down too. What happens is that France shuts down more than any other country. And every Frenchy worth his subsidies heads for the beaches!
(That rules out a beach landing by the invaders.)

"I have been to France, and was only impressed by the amount of filth it contained. I know there are charming portions to the country but France is the least appealing country I've ever visited."

Well, the countryside must be lived to be appreciated. I haven't so I don't know. But the South of France, Nice and the rest? They are brilliant, especially now that the more rowdy element heads for Ibiza or Malia. And Paris? I will have no arguments against Paris, dogshit an' all.
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Old 08-19-2003, 01:53 PM
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I know its fashionable to bash the French but they really aren't that bad. At least if you exclude the politicians. The only high concentration of jerks is in touristy sections of Paris. But you could say that about most big cities.

They cleaned up the doggy doo in Paris a long time ago. you can say it's filthy but I think Zeno is overstating the case. One nice thing is that you can walk through any of the arrondisements in Paris at any time of the day or night with little fear of getting jacked. I like place but it's expensive.

I spent 3 months in Burgundy making wine. beautiful place. great wine (not that I'm an expert). lots of alcoholics. The south of France is best enjoyed on a bicycle, IMO. If I ever go back it would be to do a bicycle tour.
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Old 08-19-2003, 07:06 PM
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I spent the summer of 1980 in Europe. That was a while ago but not ancient history. Perhaps some things have gotten better in France. Some parts I visited were very charming and interesting; I managed to stay at Antibes (on the south coast) and really loved it, there is a small museum there with some of Picassoís work in it. But some parts of the country and cites were very trashy and just ugly. But that can be said of any country I suppose. It is just fun to bash the French - American Tradition.

Interesting that you mention a bike tour. I am getting middle aged but am still crazy. I had a notion to try a bike tour of a part of Europe. I have a friend that lives in Paris and I was thinking of landing in Lisbon and biking up through Portugal, across northern Spain and then wandering into Paris. Itís a bit of a dream but I may do it someday, just because.

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Old 08-19-2003, 07:11 PM
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yea, nice knowing you pancake. you wont have a chance on those narrow roads with the way they drive. let me hold your bankroll when you go please.
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Old 08-19-2003, 07:40 PM
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Staying alive on the roads would be a challenge but nothing I couldn't handle. If I die, I die happy. Drivers don't scare me; I have been to Mexico about 4 times and once drove my own vehicle about 5,000 miles through the beastly country. They tried to kill me but were unsuccessful.

If I go you can hold my bankroll - When (or if) I return; I get 50% of whatever you make off it. OK.

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Old 08-19-2003, 07:47 PM
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For a bike tour I would only do an area like Provence. It has lots of paved back roads and villages and very nice scenery. The area around Avignon in particular would be well suited for laid back bike touring. The kind where you stay in an inn every night and eat in restaurants and don't stress your self out with hardcore hill climbing and long distances.
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Old 08-19-2003, 10:34 PM
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"If I die, I die happy"


No Mr. Misanthrope, this is not misanthropic thinking IMO. If I die I want to die doing something I hate. Like if I am in the middle of some interminable court docket and have a massive heart attack and brain hemmorage or whatever. No big loss, assuming it was going to happen. And the people I am annoyed with will be inconvenienced by having to lug my dead ass over to the morgue and having their day delayed/interrupted. Ha. Now if I am doing something great I want to live through it. And then die when I am annoyed so as to minimize the suffering of the moment. [img]/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
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