The Missing Wife – Facts

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Apart from the parts about Vince, most of the book takes place in France. Imogen goes to live in Hendaye, where she used to live as a little girl. Hendaye is a commune in  southwestern France. The town, France’s most southwesterly and a popular seaside tourist resort, stands on the right bank of the River Bidassoa – which marks the Franco-Spanish border – at the point where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean in the French Basque Country. Hendaye has three distinguishable parts: la ville (the town), which stretches from Saint Vincent’s church to the area around the SNCF railway station and the industrial zone; la plage (the beach), the seaside quarter; and les hauteurs (the heights), the villas and camping sites on the hills between and behind the other two areas.

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While in Hendaye, Imogen goes to Irun to withdraw some money from her account, fearing that Vince might track her down if she does so in Hendaye.  Even though Irún is in Spain I have never been to the Basque Country, so I have never been in any Basque cities or towns. Irun is a town in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain.  One of the biggest towns in Gipuzkoa, its border town situation (it is located on the border between Spain and France, across the Bidasoa river from Hendaye), has made Irun into a commercial and logistic centre.

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In his quest for Imogen Vince goes to different towns. He first is sent on a wild goose chase to Montpellier. Montpellier is a city in southern France. It is the capital of the Hérault department. Montpellier is the 8th largest city of France.


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He also visits Marseille. Marseille  is a city in France. The capital of the Bouches-du-Rhône department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Marseille, on France’s south coast, is the country’s second largest city, after Paris.

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He also tries Toulon. Toulon  is a city in southern France and a large military harbour on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base.

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And the last town is Cannes. Cannes is a city located on the French Riviera.

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When Vince reaches Hendaye, Imogen is spending the day in San Sebastian, which is a Basque city. San Sebastián  or Donostia is a coastal city and municipality located in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. It lies on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, 20 km  from the French border. It is the capital city of Gipuzkoa.

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The first thing Imogen sees in San Sebastian is the Playa de la Concha,

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Oliver also visit the cathedral, Catedral del Buen Pastor. The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the most remarkable religious building of San Sebastián.  Its construction took place in the last years of the 19th century in a Neo-Gothic style. The church, dedicated to the Good Shepherd, has held the rank of cathedral since 1953.

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They also climb Urgull Mount. Urgull  is a hill by the ocean sitting at the heart of the Basque city of San Sebastián.  The hill (123 m at its highest point) shapes along with Mount Ulia and Igeldo the city’s coastline relief, standing at the northern end of a peninsula formerly linked to mainland by a spit of sand between the river Urumea and the Bay of La Concha.

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