The French give the world wines and cheeses, croissants and fondues, pains au chocolat (Bonnie's favorite breakfast) and of course Paris ... You just have to love them!

Bonnie believes that she has developed a connection with the French people. First, she loves their language, thinking it one of the most beautiful in the world (despite mistakenly ordering veal kidneys for dinner one night - now Mark orders for himself!). Second, who wouldn't love people that eat chocolate for breakfast? And most importantly, it appears to us that the French work ethic is significantly more relaxed than that of their Germanic neighbors. The French prefer to begin their day with a leisurely breakfast, followed almost immediately by a lengthy lunch, and afternoon coffee at any of the abundant sidewalk cafes. Evenings are spent socializing over cocktails and eventually a late dinner.

France possesses one of the most diverse landscapes of any country we have visited. It borders the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Pyrenees Mountains form the French border with Spain and the Alps lie at the Eastern border with Italy and, in the heart of it all lies Paris. 

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see all of these wonderful places before we left Europe, but our trips into France included several day trips across the border into the Alsace/Lorraine region, as well as long weekends in Paris and on the French Riviera.

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