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    Tour de France

    Sitting around healing up and I've been watching the Tour.

    Could care less about the bicycle race, but the pictures of Belgium and France are beautiful.

    They always show the little towns, the Churches, and the vineyards.

    Yesterday they were in the Champagne region, and one of the focus segments was on a Champagne House that has been making champagne since the 1700s.

    I need to go visit there before the invaders tear the whole place down.
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    For me the ultimate is to do the Belgium bicycle tour to all the different breweries. Maybe one day.
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    Went to the Abbey St. Sixtus once while in Belgium and it just happened to be the day the Tour of Flanders was passing through. So I got to experience arguably the best beer in the entire world and tagged along with all the tour support and news vehicles at over 140kph through the back roads to catch the race passing through a couple villages. That was a good day.

    Northern France and Belgium are amazing. Friendly people, stunning sights, great food and drink, awesome vibe. Don't hold Paris against the French. It's like holding New York City against the MidWest. And Belgium is a well kept secret.
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    They are in the Alsace region today.

    Amazing pictures of castles on hills built back in the 1200s to protect the wine growing areas.

    I'd be in trouble touring through that area. I'd stop at every winery I saw.
    ​Valor and Skill

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    My love of firearms started in France when I was a young boy and intensified there. I would gunsmith my grandfather's collection every summer. He had old revolutionary muskets and dueling pistols that were to be my inheritance. After he died, almost everything was stolen during a hot burglary while my grandmother slept upstairs. I nonetheless got a few things my grandfather had gifted me before the thieves got to the rest.

    We're competitive cyclists, so my wife and I watch the Tour de France religiously every year. We even rode sections of the Tour in 2006 one day ahead of the pros.

    When I was young and doing the gunsmithing stuff in the summers, I would sit with my grandmother listening to the Tour on the radio when Greg LeMond was winning. That was quite a thing for Americans back then -- until Lance Armstrong. When Lance started dominating, my family in France would joke, "Don't think he's doing this only with 'mineral water.'"

    France is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Spain is #2 -- it just passed the US a year or so ago. If you haven't gone, go. Outside of Paris -- which used to be unfriendly to foreigners until recently -- the French are very warm and inviting. Plus, the food in France is absolutely the best in the world. It's gotten worse over the years due to processed stuff, but centuries' old traditions die hard, so the French still eat better than everyone else.

    In general, and especially in my family, the French are not as anti-gun as people would make them out to be. On the contrary, it's just the socialists and globalists there that have foisted this on the population. A lot of French are very pro-firearm. There's also a huge black market among the law-abiding for collectible guns; at least, that was my impression talking to gun collectors when I was going there more frequently in previous decades.
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    The French warrior class is very underrated and under-appreciated, largely because ignorant and arrogant Brit and American armchair generals hold the Nazi invasion of France against them, which is ill-gotten. French men at arms have kicked some major ass over the centuries, including the 20th and 21st.
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