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10 most popular posts of 2015

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It's that time of year again when I look back and see which posts got seen and which ones didn't.  I do it mainly for myself as I love lists and statistics though I hope my readers enjoy it too.  I make this list from viewing figures which means that posts written earlier in the year have an obvious advantage simply by being around for longer, but I was delighted to find the post in fourth position was written just over 3 months ago.  

Top 10 posts of 2015 Lou Messugo blog

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The Frenchness of Guadeloupe

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For the nineth post in the series on far-flung France we're going back to Guadeloupe, to take another look at this beautiful island, this time from a visitor's point of view.  Our visitor is Rachel, a writer who likes to "take the road less travelled by" on her blog Rachel's Ruminations.

Guadeloupe waterfall

 
Guest post by Rachel Heller at Rachel's Ruminations

There’s something very odd about how the France and the Caribbean come together in Martinique and Guadeloupe, both of which are “DOM-TOMs,” short for départements et territoires d'outre-mer, or overseas departments and territories.They are officially part of France itself.

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5 reasons to visit French Polynesia

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Today we're back with the series on far-flung France, and boy do I have a treat for you!  After a break of a couple of months I think you'll agree this one is worth the wait; it's a visual feast, visiting paradise on earth in the form of French Polynesia, which falls into yet another category of overseas French territories, the COM (collectivité d'outre-mer). My guest writer today is Mary Solio, an island girl at heart who loves cruising, National Parks & traveling the world with her two kids in tow . Here she tells us about an idyllic family holiday to Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora.

Hilton million dollar view Bora Bora

 
Guest post by Mary Solio at The World is a Book

Want to taste a little bit of France but with a tropical setting? French Polynesia also commonly known as the Islands of Tahiti is located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and South America. It has five archipelagoes with 121 islands. France considers French Polynesia as an "overseas country inside the Republic". We visited French Polynesia last June and explored the islands of Bora Bora, Tahiti and Moorea. It was one of our best family holidays. Here are five major reasons why you should put it on your bucket list and visit French Polynesia.

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Memories of Réunion

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For the seventh post in my series on far-flung France we're going back to take another look at Réunion, from the perspective of a neighbouring islander, Mauritian blogger Beatrice aka Mademoiselle Nomad.

For those of you just joining the adventure through France's overseas territories, here's a quick recap.  A few months ago I was struck by the idea that it could be possible to travel around the globe, without leaving "Europe", without changing money, just using Euros, only speaking French and living off baguettes and camembert.  How on earth, you might ask, could this be possible? Well believe it or not France is spread out over 12 time zones with overseas territories and departments in South America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. Each of these tiny (mostly) islands are part of France, not independent ex-colonies and function much the same as any region in mainland France. Wanting to find out more about these unusual places, having only visited Martinique myself, I came up with the idea of a series of stories, written by people in the know, friends and bloggers who have actually visited or lived in the Dom-Tom*.  So having been to MartiniqueMayotteRéunion, GuadeloupeSt Martin and French Guyana here we are, with the seventh tale of far-flung France....

French time zones

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