Tourism slow in France?

Aug 15th, 2005, 11:23 PM
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Yes, I love the Nievre. Partly for the slow pace of life and near-total absence of consumerism, partly for the wonderful people, partly for the soft landscape, including the uncastled, uncontricted Loire, and partly for the great Pouilly wines. Have not made it to Guedelon yet. It's a fascinating project, building a chateau from scratch, using only period materials and techniques. Have you stopped at Le Vin in La Charite? Great wine shop. Jean Paul Quenault is a voluble former restaurateur with a fine selection of local wines, very reasonably priced. And he is generous with tastings.
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Aug 16th, 2005, 12:17 AM
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Well, you would certainly never guess that tourism is slow here in the Dordogne in August. I've spent the past three days in first gear just trying to get around and do basic errands. It's largely French tourists, too, though the usual complement of British and Dutch.
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Aug 16th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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No problem Dave, I'll be waiting for you! ><
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Aug 16th, 2005, 01:00 PM
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I'll be doing my best to contribute to the French economy this Winter w/my wife & 2 small children...
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Aug 16th, 2005, 01:17 PM
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Don't you often find France to feel rather 'empty' tho - well outside of the main cities. The rural areas are the parts I enjoy most. When you drive on the wrong side of the road for 10 minutes before you see a tractor in the distance to remind you that you should be on the left. We visited Avignon and Nimes this year, taking a trip out to the new Norman Foster bridge at Milleu. Fab. Last year we visited some friends who recommended a visit to a local Chateu. When we arrived we were literally the only people there. The lady at the front desk took our money, locked the front door and then walked us round giving us a full tour in French. Sadly, neither my husband nor I actually speak French! Undeterred our patron struggled on and fixed us with a beady eye at the end of her tour, until we parted with an acceptable tip. Classic!
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Aug 16th, 2005, 01:24 PM
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"When you drive on the wrong side of the road for 10 minutes before you see a tractor in the distance to remind you that you should be on the left."

Huh? Please let us know when you're going to be driving in France, sarahkay, so we can be sure to stay off the roads that day.
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Aug 16th, 2005, 01:27 PM
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Don't worry - not again this year!
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Aug 16th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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LOL Patrick! it reminds me that after a year living in London, when I came back home to Dijon, I was so used with driving left that I took a roundabout the other way round (I was lost at midnight in a Paris suburb trying to reach the motorway )but there was nobody...
Sanparis welcome to France! hope your children will like it here
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Aug 16th, 2005, 01:41 PM
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Sarahkay, I do hope you realize I wasn't talking about the 10 minutes driving on "the wrong side of the road" but rather your switching over to the left side to be correct -- in France?
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Aug 17th, 2005, 01:39 AM
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aah! Good point. I was just saying to someone the other day I was thinking about having left and right tattoed on my wrists to help me get it right more often ....
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