En réponse à Javier BF : >Spain can be a serious competitor to France as for variety >of climates and landscapes in Europe, ;-). I agree. > We have from >Western-movie deserts in Almería, rainy green areas with >moderate temperatures year-round along the northern coast, >bleak moors with continental climate in the central plateau, >ski resorts on the many mountain ridges, foggy cold winters >in Valladolid, scorching dry summers in Madrid, steamy >summers in Barcelona, both cool and warm beaches, even >tropical climate and volcanic lunar landscapes in the >Canary Islands. If we go that far, I can include Guyane, Reunion (a volcanic island IIRC), St-Pierre et Miquelon, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and the French Polynesia. If you add them, France has all climates and landscapes available in the world (including a piece of Amazonia ;))) ). And they are French departments (not sure about Polynesia though). There are still the territories to boot (like New Caledonia) with a higher level of independence but still a link to France. > And within areas with a similar climate >and landscape, such as the northern green belt, you can >still enjoy the richness of the many different languages >and cultural identities that make up this very heterogeneous >country. This is something the linguistically centralist France misses indeed :(( . Although if you look, Basque, Breton, Occitan, Corsican and others are still present :)) . >Yet, Spaniards are consummate international travelers >nowadays (apart from restless national travelers), within >Europe at least. I haven't been to anywhere in this continent >where I didn't find loads of fellow countrymen, only the >ubiquitous Japanese tourists seem to be more abundant. What about the Dutch? They seem always to find their way everywhere ;))) . >Spain can also compete with that given our strategical >position at the junction between Africa and Europe and >between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. No wonder >our history has been one of a crossroads of peoples >and cultures. ;-) Yep, but we still beat you with three Emperors (okay, the last one didn't have much of a territory) and don't forget Avignon has been Papal capital for quite a while ;)))) . Christophe Grandsire. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.