Riding slightly quirky bikes in great places.
I was going to suggest one of these for France:http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/camping-equipment/cooking/campingaz-twister-270pz-stove-and-case/COREACAB204189Camping Gaz is _the_ french fuel, canisters are safe and easier to carry than meths/white fuel, and the inbuilt piezo-ignition means you can skimp on matches/lighters.
The French appear to have a love of the pierceable gas containers though, so I'm planning on taking an adaptor that'll let me remove the burner for stowage. It's not ideal though, which is why a twig-burner suddenly appeals...
The canisters for this model don't pierce - you can just twist it on/off. Then it fits perfectly inside one of their pans - but I can't seem to find the cookset for sale on t'internet. Mine came as a job lot - two nested pans which hold the pan handle, burner and small cartridge (a CV270 googling tells me).
From what I've heard, it's hard to get twist on/off canisters in Europe, which is why I'm getting a twist-on Pocket Rocket stove with a pierceable adaptor, then I can run either, should I find them. No one seems to share my enthusiasm for the wood stove then? Perhaps it's just my love of burning things.