Remember that CouchSurfing group that was hitchhiking to all the French towns with dirty names in the southwest?
I feel like an honorary citizen of Bouzillé
Well it turns out there is a club of French towns with naughty names. And they have an annual parade.
Well, this means I get to expand my list of favorite town names. Maybe we should do a wine tasting of wines that come from burlesque villages.
Most of the following aren’t so much naughty as they are slightly pejorative or just silly-sounding. And they’re all in the Languedoc Roussillon:
- Bourg-Madame (Get the Mrs. drunk)
- Saint-Arnac (Saint Ripoff)
- Saint Jean de Cuculles (just naughty-sounding)
- Conas (since we pronounce the S’s at the end of words, bitch)
- Fourtou (an out of the way place where you put all your crap)
- Les Cassés (the broken ones)
Getting into the neighboring region of Midi-Pyrenées, we get a little naughtier:
Just after complaining about how there are no meetups around Carcassonne, I see a couchsurfing group that proves me hilariously wrong. They plan on meeting up and hitchhiking through all the towns with vulgar names in the south of France. Awesome.
How many villages have dirty names, you ask? A lot.
- Condom, on the Bises river.
- Couille (Testicle)
- La Conne (The Bitch)
- Monteton (Homophone for “My Nipple”)
- Montcuq (Homophone for “My Ass” with one of those lovely silent Q’s I guess)
This will be a team event. If you don’t have a partner, we can pair you up with someone else.
This is an excellent way to meet new people (CSers and drivers), visit new places in France, and it allows your inner hitchhiker a bit of childish fun.
So what are you waiting for? Go out and meet some routards and hitch hike through the naughty bits of the Languedoc.
I’m going to try to be there even though it’s a bit of a trek just to get to the first commune…the immaturity of this journey appeals to me on some fundamental level. It’s probably because I turned 25 this week (the last year you can get a carte jeunesse from the SNCF) and I’m afraid of losing my youth.
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