Driving across France, as I did yesterday, tells me that France is too large. Yes, I know, it’s my own fault.
But bumbling along and going from one town/centre bit to another (yes, motorways, I mean in that mental map of OK, so, Bayonne to Bordeaux, Bourdeaux to Angouleme, Limoges etc) they’re just too far apart. If you glance at a map, or at least if I do, I’ve got a mental image of how far apart places are going to be. OK, the error is in my mental maps but still. One centre to the next is 50 km if the places are that far apart, 100 if that and so on. So, mental driving is to link up the towns along the route and potter along that mental map.
This worked in Germany. So, I knew I was going Freiburg to Freiberg. Fburg to Karlsruhe, to Heilbronn, to Nuremberg and so on. And a good mental idea that this one was 50 km, the next link 100 and so on.
In France, that same mental map was badly out. It’s not 50 or 100 km to the next centre, it’s 150 or 250.
Thus France is too large. Should be cut down to size. Thus I recommend that the country be cut down to a proper size. Aquitane to be returned to England. That will make my next drive across France shorter.