Quick facts about France

Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris LCBGlenn/Flickr

Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris ©LCBGlenn/Flickr

You’ve surely heard dozens of interesting things about France. This majestic country is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the entire world. With some unique and recognizable monuments and landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Mont Saint-Michel and so on, France attracts millions of visitors each year.

Besides its unique landmarks, the country is home to spectacular natural attractions, including the Loire Valley, the French Riviera, the French Alps, fantastic wine regions, national parks and so on. I have already presented you numerous aspects relating to the visitor attractions of the country. Below I will give you some interesting quick facts about France.

French cuisine

You surely know that French cuisine is considered to be one of the world’s best cuisines. It is world renowned among gourmets. What you might not know is that there is published an average of 2 French cooking books per day. French cooking classes are also very famous. Many visitors arrive to France with the purpose of learning how to prepare French dishes.

Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris LCBGlenn/Flickr

Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris ©LCBGlenn/Flickr

French wine

French wine is also world renowned. The Loire Valley is the main wine producing area of France. There are also great guided tours of the best vineyards and wineries of the valley. What you don’t know is that wine production has a significant history in France. It has been produced here since Roman Empire.

French cheese

One of the best-known products of France is cheese. There are many regions where they produce cheese. Some of the best-known regions are: Normandy, the Alps, Burgundy, Jura, Auvergne and so on. There are over 300 kinds of cheese in France. Some of the best-known are: Beaufort, Brie, Camembert, Reblochon, Roquefort, Cantal and so on.

French castles

France is famous for its innumerable beautiful castles. Besides castles, the country is also home to palaces and manor houses. Some of the best-known castles are to be found in the Loire Valley. They call them chateaux. There are considered to be about 40,000 castles all over France.

Chateau de Fontainebleau colinedwards99/Flickr

Chateau de Fontainebleau ©colinedwards99/Flickr

National anthem

The French national anthem is called “la Marseillaise”. Did you know why? Because the song was first sang by soldiers marching from Marseille to Paris.

Symbols

France has numerous symbols. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Mont Saint-Michel, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sacre Coeur Basilica are just some of them. Of course the most famous one is the Eiffel Tower. Being of 300 meters tall, the tower is one of the most visited tourist attractions of France.

The Eiffel Tower by night, photo by agaw.dilim/Flickr

The Eiffel Tower by night ©agaw.dilim/Flickr

France and the Statue of Liberty

Did you know that the United States’ most famous symbol, the Statue of Liberty was made in France? It was actually a gift of France to the U.S.A. in 1886.

 

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