I grow steadily weary of the 'everything-is-better-in-France' brigade (NCE 14 September).
Yes, they are good engineers and the natives are generally friendly (especially when one tries to speak their language), but I consider their cooking overrated, as is their wine - particularly at the cheap end of the market - nor do they have any Indian restaurants, pubs or decent beer.
'Interesting villages' can often be dull and miles from anywhere. And even if they have a bar it's variably shut up, along with everything else by 9pm. What on earth do the inhabitants do on a Saturday night?
Yes, France is nice to drive in and I always enjoy doing just that on my way to somewhere better - like Germany.
Julian Brownridge, City Way, Rochester, Kent ME1 2BN