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Fascinating facts about places to visit in France - art, culture, literature, science and more. For.. anyone with an inquiring mind and for lovers of France and the French way of life.

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  • Degas and the nude exhibition at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris
    on May 15, 2012
    An exhibition that is well worth going to!  Drawing nudes is the basis of any artistic training. A walk around this exhibition will really make you think, lots of drawings and paintings of women getting out of the bath and combing their hair. The s...
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  • Food and wine in the Vaucluse, Provence.
    on May 6, 2012
    The Vaucluse department of Provence is known for its fine wines and fantastic Provencal foods. The three main wine appelations are the Cotes du Rhone, (named after the river) the AOC Luberon (named after the area) and the AOC Ventoux (named after the...
  • Modigliani exhibition in Paris
    on Apr 22, 2012
    An absorbing collection of works of art, including portraits, nudes, drawings and sculptures are on display at the Pinacotheque gallery in Paris. The works were owned by French art collector Jonas Netter and also on display are letters between Nette...
  • The guillotine and Place de la Concorde in Paris
    on Mar 25, 2012
    Place de la Concorde was originally named Place Louis XV after the king at the time, and a statue of the king stood in the square. However a few years later during the revolution the statue was torn down and the square was renamed Place de la Revolut...
  • King Louis XVI of France.
    on Jan 2, 2012
    Louis XVI aged 20. Louis Auguste was born in the Palace of Versailles in Paris on 23 August 1754. At the age of 15 he married a very young Marie Antoinette, who was just 14. He became king  in 1774. Distinctive Louis XVI style...
  • French King Louis XVI
    on Jan 2, 2012
    Louis XVI aged 20. Louis Auguste was born in the Palace of Versailles in Paris on 23 August 1754. At the age of 15 he married a very young Marie Antoinette, who was just 14. He became king  in 1774. Distinctive Louis XVI style...
  • Truffaut's Les Quatres Cents Coups - one of the best films of all time
    on Dec 21, 2011
                                      Les Quatres Cents Coups was an important New Wave film, released in 1959 by Francois Truffaut. Literally translated the title means the four hundred blows, but in French the term means raising hell...
  • Truffaut's Les 400 Coups - one of the best films of all time
    on Dec 21, 2011
                                      Les Quatres Cents Coups was an important New Wave film, released in 1959 by Francois Truffaut. Literally translated the title means the four hundred blows, but in French the term means raising hell...
  • Christmas Markets in France
    on Dec 20, 2011
    Christmas Market in Strasbourg. It's not too late to go to a Christmas market in France. Food, drink, lots of beautiful and original gifts to chose from, music and of course lights!  Below is a list of a selection of Christmas markets with dates. ...
  • The Eiffel Tower
    on Dec 6, 2011 in Eiffel Tower
    What one thing do people most associate with France and in particular Paris? No not frogs legs or garlic - the Eiffel Tower. The 1,063 foot iron tower stands majestically in the Champs de Mer in the 4th arrondissement and can be seen from virtually a...
  • I think therefore I am
    on Nov 24, 2011
    Penser - to think. je             pense tu             penses il/elles      pense nous         pensons vous         pensez ils/elles    pensent The verb penser is a regular "er" verb. I think, you think, etc, et...
  • The verb être
    on Nov 23, 2011
    être - to be je           suistu           esil/elle      estnous       sommesvous       êtesils/elles    sont The present tense of the verb être - to be. I am, you are, etc, etc. It really helps if you know the most commonl...
  • People First Not Finance
    on Nov 2, 2011
    PEOPLE are out on the streets in Nice this week, making peaceful protests against banks for causing financial and economic crisis. The protests come a few days before a meeting of finance ministers and banking big-wigs of the G20 nations in nearby C...
  • Going to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
    on Sep 12, 2011 in Louvre Paris Mona Lisa
    Mona Lisa - possibly the most famous painting in the world The Louvre is the largest art museum in the world and if you spent a minute looking at every painting it would take you four months to get round! So it's best to do a little bit at a time. Th...
  • The Paris Metro
    on Aug 11, 2011
    The metro is a very good way to travel around Paris. It is simple to use. Once you know the station you need to get to you need to find out which line number it is on. But it is extremely important that you work out which direction you need to travel...
  • Bastille Day! The Storming of the Bastille - July 14th
    on Jul 14, 2011
    "Prise de la Bastille" (the taking of the Bastille.) 1789, by Jean-Pierre-Louis-Laurent Houel. The Bastille was a fortress built in the 14th century as part of the defenses of Paris, but it was later turned into a very uncomfortable prison...
  • Let the train take the strain in France
    on Jul 13, 2011 in train travel
    var uri = 'http://impgb.tradedoubler.com/imp?type(img)g(17301016)a(1962760)' + new String (Math.random()).substring (2, 11); document.write(''); Rail Europe has some amazing discounts on first class train travel within France. The TGV (Train Grand...
  • French Food: Moules Marinieres and Moules et Frites
    on Jul 7, 2011
    The French take food very seriously. In other words you can usually find really fantastic food in most cafes, restaurants and brasserries. A very popular and common dish served all over the place is Moules Marinieres. This is the shellfish mussels,...
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