But now it is Friday. It is late June. Things are tailing off. We are all beginning to think about our holidays -- many Scandinavians start theirs tomorrow!
So dream away and think of the most charming small towns in France.
You are allowed one per département. That's a tough rule: some have many and some have few.
What are their characteristics -- what makes a small town charming? All the towns in these images have been nominated, yet you can see what a great variety there is ( a good thing in itself).
And don't just play this on your own. Involve your colleagues! Everybody wins because you learn about new charming towns from the suggestions of others. (And you learn more about them, as you find out which ones they regard as charming, and why. How often is it not because of the characteristics of the town itself, but because of something special that happened to them there...?)
This post has been prompted by a the first answer to this question on Quora. It is from Julien Vaché. He provides a picture of each one (these are some of them), a description and at the end, a map. Go here to see what he wrote, and to find out where these pictures are of.
Click on (more) in the description of Talmont-sur-Gironde in Charente Maritime to see the whole answer.
Then, have a look at the suggestions of others in the Comments -- and make suggestions yourself! (Don't you just l o v e Quora?!)
Someone rather obviously suggested Saint Paul de Vence...
...which raises a question considered in the Advanced Version of this game, to wit: during what times of year are they charming? Is a charming town still charming when it is packed with tourists? If so, how? Are any towns charming all the year round? If so, why?
The other question that is considered in the Advanced Version is: What is a town? Are some of these suggestions really...villages? Check out their statistics on the web, where you can also look at pictures of your candidates to see how charming they really are!
You see? Hours of enjoyable daydreaming until you can fight your way onto that tube!