Top tourist attractions in France

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Eiffel Tower Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel tower is undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The 320m high structure is considered as the symbol of Paris and adds a sense of beauty and heritage in the Paris skyline. Tourists are benefited from either viewing the Paris skyline from its third level or having a Michelin … Read More

Top French Cities to experience the Best Nightlife

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Paris ·        Le Duc des Lombards Since1984, the club has been one of the most prominent jazz spots in the city. If you wish to soak in jazz music while unwinding on a glass of whiskey, this is the place for you. ·        Au Lapin Agile Those who wish to indulge in live theatrical performances while swinging around with a … Read More

Things tourists should never do in France

Never undermine how far knowing a few French words can go Although the French prefer to speak in their native language, the majority of them do know a few words in English and will tend to entertain tourists with it. But when a tourist learns a few basic and essential French words like Bonjour, merci, au revoir can command great … Read More

Things France does better than any other nation

Cheese

No other country produces over 246 varieties of cheese. Making ripe and delicious cheese is a part of France’s heritage and makes it the ultimate cheese producer and prime destination of cheese lovers all over the world.

Shopping

Paris is one of the prime shopping destinations in the world. Every shopaholic knows that every designer brand along with the most exclusive designer wear, perfumes, lingerie, shoes, boots and what not are exclusively available here. As they say, Paris is known as the fashion capital of the world.

Museums

Paris is home to many culturally and historically critical museums such as the Louvre, which holds countless and timeless masterpieces of western civilization. The Loire Valley has many beautiful medieval structures and castles that depict the renaissance period, architecture and history of kings.

Trains

Did you know that the French trains are much faster than your typical airplanes? The French love to enjoy the slow life while traveling fast. The TGV or train a grand Vitesse which translates into high-speed train will enable you to cross country travel within very short periods.

Traffic jams

The French don’t seem to drive with proper driving etiquettes like other nations as they tend to avoid the acknowledgment of other cars on the road and drive according to their will. Moreover, they are known to make some ridiculous blocks and traffic jams, particularly on national holidays which last over hours. This is more of a criticism than rewarding the French.

Politeness

The French are very polite and capable of being dismissive as well, in a rather polite way. When talking to the French, it is advised to greet them with a loud and clear Bonjour or Bonsoir, which means good morning or good evening.  In other words, you give respect and take respect with the French.

Sexiness

French men and women are generally considered sexy all over the world for their attractive French accent along with their classy and designer fashion sense. Moreover, the French are not shy about their sexuality and instead promote it as a way of life.

Luxury

Some of the most elite designer brands are all French. Top fashion luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, etc. are all based on Paris. It is no wonder the French people dress ridiculously good.

Globalization

It is a fact that slowly and progressively French products are taking over most of the economy. The French were the initial ones to bring in Globalization through their advanced system of sewers. Now, the majority of the fashion brands, cosmetics, electricity, army supplies, and transportation systems are sourced from the French.

 

Romantic activities couples can do in Paris

A romantic stroll together

Paris after dark is gorgeous and merely taking a walk with your loved one along the twilight of Paris can be an unforgettable experience.

Eating out at a romantic restaurant

Paris is filled with various posh restaurants, bistros, cafes and more, all revolving around a romantic atmosphere. You can determine an apt eatery based on your budget, taste buds and partner’s needs. Paris even has pitch dark eateries which enable you and your partner to experience something new together.

Enjoy a mesmerizing panoramic view of the city

There is nothing more romantic than soaking in the panoramic view of Paris with your partner on your side. Paris offers many such breath-taking spots. For example, dining in the Michelin restaurant in the Eiffel tower or going all the way top of the tower. You can enjoy romantic views from the Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre as well.

Watching a show together

Paris can be the right destination to enjoy a romantic show or play with your partner along your side. You and your partner can decide what to watch from the numerous choices available, such as operas, theatre, concerts, and cabaret shows.

Indulge in a boat tour or cruise

Calmly floating over the Seine, while enjoying romantic and picturesque scenery and holding your loved one on the chest is insanely passionate. Not only is it romantic, but boat tours also enable you to get a view while exploring the inner beauty of the city. If you are looking for a more romantic atmosphere, you can consider availing a romantic evening boat tour while enjoying the local cuisine and floating over the twilights of the city.

Watch an old movie at a vintage Parisian cinema

If you and your partner share a flame for cinemas, consider watching a classic film at an old cinema theatre such as the city of lights. Experiencing a classic cinema together is quite romantic regardless of the common misconception. During summertime, the experience can be enhanced by watching films in open roof terraces.

 

 Picnic in a garden

Pack your basket with a bottle of wine and few snacks and tend to go to the city’s numerous beautiful gardens. Get comfortable with each other while basking in the beauty of the trees, birds chirping and breeze through your hair.

Traditional Parisian café

Simple visiting a conventional café and bistro while sharing a hot cup of chocolate or coffee spark up some of the most intimated conversations between you two due to its romantic atmosphere.

 

Must see French films of all time

Mesrine: killer instinct and public enemy

The film is a total entertainer revolving around a thrilling genre based on the true-life crimes of Jacques Mesrine. The film is bound to lure audiences to the tip of their chairs. Jean Francois Richet directed the movie while Vincent Cassel plays the main antagonist. The film has won numerous French Oscars.

Entre Les Murs- The class

Directed by Laurent Cantet, the film revolves around a realistic storyline of how a bunch of troubled ethnically diverse students is guided and shown the path by their French teacher. A clever combination of comedy, honesty, and reality, the film has won special nominations at Cannes.

Etre et Avoir- to be and to have

This peaceful, mellow and simple documentary released in 2002, doesn’t involve anything fancy. Instead, it is very humble sweetened by the genuine joy of children and the calm dedication of the teacher in a simple setting. The film is more of a feel-good cinema and is bound to make you enjoy the little things in life.

Les Intouchables

The film made headlines by discussing the hidden issues or racism and difficulties faced by the disabled. The storyline narrates about a North African Negro becoming the carer of a disabled billionaire and their adventure together.

Martyrs

The notoriously gruesome film comes with a warning for the faint-hearted. The movie based on a horror foundation does depict some genuine and hidden subtopics of friendship, guilt and human limits. It is about a female friendship from various dimensions.

Les Choristes- the chorus

The musical film is about a French conductor who returns home to attend his mother’s funeral and upon doing so meets his old friend and stumbles upon their late teacher’s diary, which then leads to the production of some emotional and beautiful music. The music composed in the film was nominated for two Oscars.

Polisse

The film narrates about the realities of the day to day of work of the French police’s child protection unite. It observes scenes where the cops deal with post-trauma of children abused, separated from their mothers and fathers. It is well played by a good set of casting as well.

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Amour

The compelling film depicting the difficulties of an aged couple after the woman sustains a stroke is bound to make a few tears fall and leave your throat dry. Directed by Michael Haneke, the film was won many special nominations and best foreign film Oscar.

Interesting facts about France

France is the most popular tourist attraction in the whole wide world

A recent survey confirmed that an approximate figure of 83.7 million tourists had visited France, thus making it the most tourist visited country in the world.

France is the most substantial country of the EU, depicting a hexagon shape

France spreads over an extensive area of over 551,000 square kilometers making it the biggest member nation of the EU. France is said to constitute a fifth of the entire size of the EU nations. Moreover, due to its six sides, it earned the nickname, L’hexagone.

 

Did you know that Louis XIX was proclaimed king of France for a mere 20 minutes

Regarded as the shortest ruling in the history of the nation, Louis XIX came into power in 1830 and decided to abdicate himself over his cousin, the Duke of Bordeaux.

The national motto of France is Liberty, equality, and fraternity

The sense of brotherhood is regarded as the national motto of France. It is a fact that the entire legal system in France is moreover based on Napoleon Bonaparte’s civil code implemented in the late 1800s.

The French army was the first army to avail camouflage in World War 1

The French were the first ones to implement the idea of camouflaging their troops and vehicles behind enemy lines in order to maintain the element of surprise and stealth. The word camouflage is a French word meaning to dress up for play. Those who formulated such camouflage paints and uniforms were called camofleurs.

In the nation of France, it is technically legal to marry a deceased person

Marrying a dead person in exceptional cases is legal. The rules state that if the person can prove that the deceased individual had the intention of marrying the latter with significant proof and after gaining the President’s permission can get legally hitched.

France was the first nation to ban supermarkets from destroying excessive or unsold items

France took the first step in prohibiting food wastage by preventing supermarkets from dumping their unsold food items in the trash and instead diverts such food to the needy and charitable organizations. It was implemented in February 2016.

Europe’s highest mountain peak exists in the French Alps

France’s Mont Blanc stands at an astonishing vertical length of over 4,810m above sea level, thus making it the highest mountain peak of all of Europe.

Tour de France has existed for more than 100 years

It is intriguing to know that the famous French cycling race, Tour de France which requires cyclists to cycle over 2000 miles across France throughout 23 days. The first Tour de France took place on 1st July 1903.

 

Foods you have to eat in Paris

Caramels

The caramel sweets from Jacques Genin and Patrick Roger are merely beyond words as one cannot describe the experience of slow-melting caramel, of pure buttery flavor and texture bound to leave you in a state of trance. Recommended choices of caramel are ginger and natural.

Bordier butter

Butter in Paris is nowhere similar to the butter you get at home. French classic butter, Le Beurre Bordier is fantastic and bound to the foodie in you ecstatic. Such butter is of super smooth texture and rich in delicious buttery flavor. Eating simple dishes such as bread and butter with Bordier butter is ridiculously delicious.

Baguette, pain au chocolat, and pastries

If you have a sweet tooth, then Paris is the right destination to exemplify that. Paris has many of the finest artisan bakeries in the world specializing in baguettes and various sort of creamy, delicious pastries. The baguettes in France are of superior quality which is crisp on the outside and fluffy inside. Pastries, croissants and what not are filled with delicious cream, light as air and melt in your mouth.

Chocolate

Paris is no short of amazing chocolates. Some of the best and world-renowned chocolatiers such as Jacques Genin, Jean Charles Rochoux, Patrick Roger, Frank Kestener, Pierre Marcolini have some of the best combination of dark chocolates, truffles, white chocolate coated in various caramel layers, luscious marshmallows, hazelnuts and more, bound to make your eyes roll over when savoring such chocolaty heavens.

Cheese from Laurent Dubois

If you are going to have cheese, have it from the best in the field. Laurent Dubois in Paris has a designated outlet full of various artisan cheeses of multiple shapes, flavours, and age. At this shop, you are greeted by a cheese consultant to help you determine the best cheese suited for your taste buds.

L’avant Comptoir wine bar

L’avant Comptoir is one place you cannot miss out when you’re in Paris. The restaurant offers some of the best natural wine brews served along with lip-smacking side dishes. The restaurant and bar serve delicious food with a unique atmosphere to it.

Macarons

Although you get macarons almost everywhere else, the macarons you get in Paris are just out of this world. The macarons here are a bit hard on the exterior and incredibly mushy and soft inside accompanied by a sweet and mouth-watering filling of ganache, jam or buttercream. Savoring French made macarons is going to leave a permanent sensation in your taste buds.

Common French stereotypes

French people wear berets

It is quite common to picture the typical French citizen wearing a beret along his or her attire. Unfortunately, this is no true, as most people do not wear berets and those who do serve the government and armed forces. Generally, senior citizens have been seen to wear such accessories, accompanied by those who want to make a fashion statement.

French people stink

It is a frequent misconception in the West that the French generally stinks due to their stinky diet of smelly cheese and onions. However, it is no true as over 57 percent of citizens shower daily and applies deodorant. Just because one or two people stink, isn’t a big enough reason to blame the entire French citizens.

French people are rude

On the contrary, French people are considered to be extremely polite, smiling all the time, use common hand gestures and make a lot of facial expressions bound to make us laugh rather than irritate us. However, you are required to be polite in order to receive a polite and courteous reply as well.

The French only listen to accordion music

It is unfortunate to know that many of the common stereotypes and myths of the French have been based from the late 1900s, and still stick on to the minds of many. France like other nations has its own unique and diverse taste of music. But, no, the French do not mainly listen to accordion music.

French women don’t shave

With the rise and pressure of beauty standards among women, nearly 80 percent of all French women shave. While there may exist a handful of women who rarely shave their underarms and legs, owing to such stereotype, easily disregarding the rest 80 percent and sticking on the 20.

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The French hate Americans

The French love the American in many ways, such as their classic films, fast food chains, and music. However, the French do have their share of undesirable aspects of the Americans, such as their president, government policies and how they tend to express themselves as loud and rude. But it is not enough to claim that the French hate the Americans.

The French are the most romantic people in the world

The French are known to be very open about their sexuality and tend to romanticize a lot. Although true to an insignificant proportion, the majority of the percentage of French people are not that romantic and prefer casual sex over long term relationships.

 

The French love to eat frog legs

Although the delicacy frog’s leg does exist on specific restaurant menus, it is not as famous and frequently consumed like the stereotype claims. General French citizens prefer chicken, pork, and beef while there may be a handful that prefers such rare delicacies.

Crazy facts about the Eiffel Tower you probably did not know

The Eiffel tower was meant to be temporary

Yes, it is true that the Eiffel tower was expected to be a temporary installation intended to commemorate the 100 years of French Revolution in the year 1889, at the World Fair conducted at Paris. However, the soon to become French heritage structure was not taken down since it had an antenna on top it to broadcast various television and radio signals.

Gustave Eiffel did not design the Eiffel tower

On the contrary to the popular misconception that Gustave Eiffel designed the beaming tower, but in reality, it was created by two chief engineers in Gustave’s company. The actual designers of the tower are indeed Emile Nouguier and Maurice Koechlin. Since Gustave funded the project, he had bought the patent right to himself.

Initially, Parisians hated the tower

Numerous citizens along with famous intellectuals claimed that the ugly Eiffel tower would damage the beauty of the Paris skyline and instead depicted a giant dark smokestack.

Hitler had ordered the demolition of the Eiffel Tower

After Adolf Hitler recognized he was going to lose the city of France to the Allied forces, he had ordered the immediate destruction of the Eiffel tower along with the entire city. Thankfully, the order was not followed through.

Someone is legally married to the Eiffel Tower

In the year 2007, an American lady named Erika Aya got married to the Eiffel Tower in a proper commemorate ceremony and later changed her last name to Eiffel. She is diagnosed with the condition, paraphilia, which means she tends to form serious relationships with inanimate objects.

It is illegal to take a photograph of the Eiffel Tower at night

The Eiffel Tower lights up each hour after dawn, forming the illumination show which is bound to leave you dumbstruck in its beauty. It is, however, illegal to take a photo of its lighting beauty beyond dark and share it on social media platforms due to its patent right copied causality.

The timely repainting of the Eiffel Tower is done by hand

No sort of mechanics is availed when painting the Eiffel Tower from time to time. It is instead a labor-intensive work and ensures utter personal touch since the painters are issued with old school equipment consisting of a bucket of paint and toothbrush.

Eiffel Tower is the most paid tourist attraction in the world

Every year the Eiffel Tower sees more than 6 million tourists and is thus considered the most visited paid monument of the world.