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    Hello everyone,

    I've been lurking on the forum for a few months and finally decided to join the community.

    I've been a regular pipe smoker for more or less a year and a half after having tried a few bowls generously provided by a friend of mine.So far I've been more attracted to Balkan blends but recently developed a strong addiction to Old Toby by The Country Squire.Pipewise,I own three cheap pipes I bought from shady vendors on Amazon and a Mr. Brog Bulldog.

    On a more personal note,I am 23,soon to be engaged and live with my girlfriend in Angers, Western France where I am a French Army Engineer Officer.

    See you around,
    Gesufal

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    Welcome Gesufal, always nice when someone joins after lurking around for a bit. Angers looks like a pretty town. What is the pipe smoking scene like over there?

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    Welcome to the forum Gesufal. You will learn a lot here for sure. My wife studied in Strasbourg and she speaks French, unfortunately I can't.

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    Welcome! Ask lots of questions, you will get good advise here.

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    Welcome aboard.

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    I'm not aware of any pipe club in Angers and I don't have enough free time to meet fellow smokers in real life.
    My main issue here is to find new tobaccos to try because the legislation here is crazy and taxes are always increasing so many blenders stop offering their products in France.
    Plus,pipe smoking is not popular enough for sellers to have a large offering.
    I'be never been to Strasbourg but I heard it is beautiful, especially in winter with the Christmas Market

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    Bienvenue, and don't worry about finding tobacco. You are in the EU, so if a b&m can't offer you anything worth while, just hit up a german tobacco shop or ebay.de. They ship to France, if you are willing to pay a little extra for transportation.

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    "Like the mariners of old, a loner is acceptable but a pipe is best enjoyed in a pack"
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    Bonjour, mon ami! Glad to have you here. Sounds like you're suffering under some of the same crap that Mike (Thompson) is; he's Canadian, & the tax stuff kills him, plus there's the dearth of selection.

    BTW, bon homage to your English. As my father once told a waiter in Paris, "Your English is much better than my French." My own French is nearly 50 years old, so I hope you don't mind my not attempting to struggle with it.

    Do join in; pretty much anything pipe/tobacco is fair game here. Especially government regulations.

    Bill

    Head Black Frigate keelhauler, boss powder monkey, & troublemaker 1st class.
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    It is actually illegal to buy tobacco online in France.I usually manage to get small orders from US shops who are not aware of this restriction but EU tobacco shipping is a no for me.

    I will move closer to Spain in August maybe I'll get a vaster array of choice there or in Andorra.

    I'm just glad I spent way too much time online in my teens it improved my English much more than school ever could

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    Hello camarade
    Vive la douceur angevine.

    It is true that here tobacco has become laborious, I walk to the red Amphora Full Aroma in general.

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    >>actually illegal to buy tobacco online in France. -- God, that's even worse than poor Mike! Sheesh!!

    >>glad I spent way too much time online in my teens -- We had online when I was a kid, but there were clothes hanging from it most of the time. Cosmic, that's an open invitation for you, mso, & chasingembers -- do your worst!

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    You can try "au Vizir" in Rennes, they have a nice selection of pipes and tobacco and the owner gives good advice.They also have a website

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    Bienvenue!

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Welcome aboard! France has some world-famous pipe makers, centered around St. Claude but other places as well. I find French pipes are often far above their price point in quality. I have Chacom, Butz-Choquin, Genod, and Villiard. They were first to make briar the primary pipe material, and most of the pipe shapes considered classic and traditional originated with the French.

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    Welcome. France is one of my favorite places I have ever visited. Especially the food.

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    I'be never been to Strasbourg but I heard it is beautiful, especially in winter with the Christmas Market

    That's what I've heard from her.

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    Welcome to the forums! I'm glad to see this site has such international reach and appeal.

    I find myself sitting idly on the line dividing past and future,
    as if I could kill time without injuring eternity. -- Thoreau
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    I'm glad there is this new member forum now, it really shows where everyone comes from.

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    Bonjour mon ami

    PS I'll trade 'tobaccy for a good Bordeaux and some stinky cheeses.

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    Dang, folanator, you fight dirty.... }:)

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    Hey, cortez, I don't want to scare the new guys off, so maybe you should send them the link about what's in the preferred member appreciation package. Or even redo it, since all the photobarfit linkouts are kaput now.

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    gesufal Andora is cheap in as far as cigarettes and some cigars, but you have a limit in what you may bring over the border. Liquoer is really REALLY cheap there, but one is limited to 2 L of hard liquor (as in above 20%) and 20 L beer/wine (port counts as whine so that is good). Not sure about pipe tobacco, I don't remember seeing much apart form some pouch, but since I was there with work I didn't have the liberty to search for a proper tobacco shop. Spain, now that's another ball game. They have imported pipe tobacco, but their tariffs are also high.

    bnichols23 not a bad idea

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    Folanator,I'd be happy to send you cheese if I had any hope of it reaching you in an edible state.
    I love to make my friends test out Maroilles,a cheese originating from the region of France I was born in and one of the worst smelling cheese I've tried.It can be eaten in a pie or even dipped in morning coffee

    bnichols23 what do you mean by "preferred member appreciation package"?

    madox, I'll live something like one and a half hour from the border I'll be able to make regular supply runs

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    Welcome to the forums!!

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    bnichols23 what do you mean by "preferred member appreciation package"?

    C'est une blague!

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    I got the stink eye over a can of Copenhagen from a couple of gendarmes in the security line at the Eiffel Tower. When I opened the can they looked at me like I had 3 heads. True story...lol

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    Sorry, gesufal! A few years ago one of the chief reprobates (Cortez, aka cortezattic) posted a funny that outlined all the "perks" that supposedly came once you achieved preferred member status. [pause as I go look it up.]

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/your-member-status

    If you scroll down about halfway to cortez's post that begins: "Well, my membership status odometer just turned over again" you'll see it. I howled when I first read through it a few months ago. Still a panic today!

    Bill

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    >>"I got the stink eye over a can of Copenhagen from a couple of gendarmes" -- folanator, I had no idea the French messieurs les flics were so down on Danes. Sounds like they're almost as cranky as TSA!

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    Cher Monsieur Gesufal,Et les Tabacs Gris Francaise' have those dissapeared lately?To name only a few Caporal Export, Scaferlatis and Butz Choquin Semois Coupe Moyenne,S Claude 1792'some 20 year ago they were seen in most every 'tabac-Bar'
    et maintenant,Soyez Cordialement Bienvenu ici,
    Paul

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    I think I saw a Caporal pouch once but pipe smoking is not popular enough over here for most B&M to have more than a few pouches to offer and it's usually foreign
    aromatics.
    Actually most tobacco sellers give me weird looks when I ask them for pipe tobacco because they rely almost exclusively on cigarettes and the odd cigar.

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    Gesufal:And that in the country with decades long pipe manufacturing traditions,,

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    Yeah, disgusting, ain't it, paulie? }:P

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    The last bastion of pipe smoking tradition here is in Saint Claude but I've heard it is in decline even there.
    If I ever get around to going on a pilgrimage there I'll let you know about the current state of affairs

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    Do not forget Courrieu in Cogolin, a history that makes resistance.

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    I had never heard of it before.I like how they have a set price per briar grain quality regardless of the shape.
    Do you own one of their pipes?

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    ( Because you are too young .. )

    Yes, a big fat chubby that I love like "author", since
    thirty years when they had a booth at the Foire de Paris (in French in the text )

    (That's when I learned that in reality the historic cradle of the briar pipe was Cogolin!)

    Their pipes are quite simple, kind of old-fashioned quality without
    unnecessary complications.
    They still work their own local heather that they let age and not import as in St Claude or elsewhere.

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    Did you get to visit their workshop?

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    Alas no.
    (I sent you a personal email in French to show you an address)

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    Along with Comoys and Chacom, I have one of those Genod Model Opera Squatted bulldogs, and I can tell You the quality of the briar is exceptionally good for the price ,no flaws to be found in craftsmanship, You can find newer generation Genod pipes at Le Maitre Piper.fr

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    Paris would be nicer without the Parisites, but the rest of France is quite lovely. Bienvenue!

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    The old Parisians were more nice:

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/blw8zJt-Sc0

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    Ekert, most French people would agree with you on that

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    Welcome to the forums! I haven't tried Old Toby, but Second Breakfast from them tastes pretty good. Hope you enjoy yourself here!

    "If you can't send money, send tobacco." - George Washington

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    Welcome from the USA.

    23 eh? Well at least I'm not the youngest one here anymore lol.

    “A pipe is the fountain of contemplation, the source of pleasure, the companion of the wise; and the man who smokes, thinks like a philosopher and acts like a Samaritan.”
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    Welcome aboard!

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    Nice to feel you've come up in the world, huh, nightmair?

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    Thank you all
    Nitemair, I'm sure the two of us are killing the age stats

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    Welcome to the forum! It is nice to see a young pipe smoker join the forum, I am 24 myself but started when I was 22 and it seems we are neighbours as well (Belgium)!
    I know Angers, or at least Anjou, is famous for its horticulture and of course the delicious pigeons.

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    I actually come from Northern France,Lille to be more precise and I spent my youth on a border town,close to Moeskron.
    I usually went to Belgium when my parents wanted cheaper gas but I had the opportunity to visit Brugge and I loved it.I seem to remember tried chocolate flavoured beer there (don'the try it,it's awful).

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    So you are from French-Flanders, do they still speak some Flemish dialects in Lille? Or is it Picard they speak?
    Quite funny, as I think many people from Flanders now actually go to France for shopping, at least for certain products. Never had chocolate beer, though in Belgium we truly have beers of all kinds and for every taste.

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    Everyone I know there speaks French but we still have some particular words and expression that are specific to French Flanders and Picardie.My grandparents knew how to speak the regional tongue but did not use it.

    We do have some regional tongues that are even now quite present,in Brittany for example,where most traffic signs are written both in French and Britton

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    In Brittany the panels are translated into Breton, but there language is never present!
    Nobody under 75 speaks Breton, and again ...

    I still understand it from memory because at the time of my grandparents people spoke only in Breton between them.

    Now he is learning it in schools, a fancy thing with a shitty accent for children whose parents spit on Breton before it comes back into fashion.

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    It is sad to hear these local dialects are disappearing, seemingly even stronger in France than it is in Belgium. While I can still understand and relatively speak my local dialect pretty well, it is completely useless outside of my family home as even many people from my village are not originally from there. It is almost that people are ashamed of passing down their native dialect as it seen as uneducated or associated with lower class, at least that is the case in Belgium.
    If it is of any interest of you, in the Walloon part of Belgium there are still a few tobacco producers (Semois tobacco) and all of them speak French. You could easily get in touch with them and perhaps they will sent you some. I always wonder how much pipe culture is related between France and Belgium, since I believe most pipes here all came from St. Claude so I wonder if the tobaccos did as well.

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    Yes, but Belgium is a little stuck between France and Germany, a long-time pipe smoker, porcelain or other.
    And even border with Italy, once many hawkers were shuttling between these countries with their goods.

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    Welcome from Florida, USA. Good to have you join us, we need more international flavor.

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    Bienvenue. Malheureusement, J'ai oublie ma vocabulaire Francais. I have had many pleasant trips to France years ago, even to Paris . Loved Normandy and Bougogne. Too bad it's so difficult to get tobacco there. Some EU people order from 4noggins in the USA, and it slips by the customs. Not that i would advocate doing anything contrary to local law of course

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    We understood correctly ...

    But some US sites are not even accessible from France, they are zealous, as ttps: //www.pipesandcigars.com/gdpr.html with a blocking message!

    Moreover a guy indicates that the customs confiscated to him the 300 grams of tobacco of a package, and that since 4 parcels out of 5 opened with the customs.
    It discourages.

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    Aromonts, this Sounds even worse what we here up north are facing today,

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    I guess I was lucky,I ordered several times from Smokingpipes and once from the Country Squire and never had any problem.
    I know the Country Squire labelled the package as "hobby" or something like that and that may have helped in passing the customs.
    Bad news for me,Smokingpipes recently changed its policy and stopped shipping tobacco to France altogether

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    Sheesh. I really sympathize with you guys. That's a really rotten situation. At least you've got EU sources, but having US locked out is just one royal major PITA. }:(

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    If we can afford the time and money to drive all the way to other countries,because most EU stores know they can't ship to us.Right now I clearly don't have either in sufficient amount to go on a supply run

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