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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 13:28 
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Per relative who return from hols

In South West France - there ist a church dedicated to cyclists. The walls do not have frescos depicting life of Christ .. but cycling jerseys :)

Ist the "Chapelle Notre-Dame in Labastide d'Armagnac in departement de "Landes"

to have a peek I think you can get flavours of region on

www.labastide-d-armagnac.com

or visit web site of tourist office

www.tourisme-landes.com

und look for the Labastide page. :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 13:35 
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you posted this for Gizmo didn't you? :P


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 16:21 
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johnsher wrote:
you posted this for Gizmo didn't you? :P


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I am very partial to Les Landes, although it's flat and full of pine woods, it has a unique character to it.

For some reason which I can't really fathom my favourite area of France is the bit from Lannemezan up towards Auch - it's just rolling countryside really between the Garonne and the Pyrenees and off the usual tourist trail.


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johnsher wrote:
you posted this for Gizmo didn't you? :P


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Gizmo - you left out saying "Bof! and La La!" a lot. :lol:

I rather like the French and les Landes area of France. Dunes ... vineyards ...pine forests...(great cycling here - a real challenge around the dunes 8-) ) They created the pine forest apparently to stop coastal erosion in the nineteenth century - and there are some lakes - natural and reservoirs there too. Bordeaux and Biarritz in the vicinity and I've some really 8-) rather nice sunset photos ....taken " au naturel"without filters. 8-) .

Of course - each country has its jewels of absolute beauty... I admit to prefering Northern England to the Highlands because of the contrast of "dark satanic mills" and patrician pastoral rural idylls - but then I've also enjoyed visits to both the South East and the South West of the country - and the Chilterns. 8-)

Austria, Switzerland and the Dolomites - chocolate box tops! :wink:

Germany - also remarkably rich in natural beauty.

Italy - like the food, people and most of the culture there. :wink:

As for people in general ... usually find I get on with most well and exchange pleasanteries and make pals. But each country has its chavs.. :roll: On aggregate though - think UK breeds more than most.. :roll: - and it could be the nanny state culture becoming more mind set here than elsewhere. :roll:

Doh! I should put comments like this in "Chat/Soap" :oops: :popcorn:

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A Cyclist wrote:
I am very partial to Les Landes, although it's flat and full of pine woods, it has a unique character to it.

For some reason which I can't really fathom my favourite area of France is the bit from Lannemezan up towards Auch - it's just rolling countryside really between the Garonne and the Pyrenees and off the usual tourist trail.


I think I prefer the areas which are "off the beaten tourist track" - and I think it's because you see and meet those who are "natural" in that they do not make their living as such from tourism. Guess that applies as well to Cumbria once you are out in the "wilds" and not in the tourist bustle of Windermere and Bowness etc.

I guess it's the "peace" we seek. :wink: which makes it stand out that bit more for us ..

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Gizmo left out the fact that due to a fire at the white flag factory - the french Govt has had a major problem deciding on the security level

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