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Thursday, May 16, 2013
While many people dream all their lives of seeing the Eiffel Tower, many don’t realize the rich history of the historic landmark. Before you start planning your visit, these five fun facts will teach you things you never knew about the world’s most visited monument. The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the World’s Fair. The monument was part of an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the French Revolution The Eiffel Tower was originally built only to last 20 years, with easy demolition part of the original job requirements. However, the tower proved invaluable for World War I communications and was left long afte ..
Monday, March 04, 2013
The History of the Eiffel Tower It can be seen from almost any spot in Paris, towering over the buildings that surround it. Each year, millions of tourists come from all over the world to see one of the world’s most identifiable structures. But when it was built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was intended to only remain in place for twenty years. Gustave Eiffel and his team of engineer’s built the tower in preparation for the Universal Exposition at the World’s Fair of 1889. The exposition was set to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the French Revolution, with the Eiffel Tower serving as a monument. The design of the tower was chosen from an open co ..
Monday, July 09, 2012
What is Tour de France? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSoUsxXfiqk Tour de France is recognised world-wide as one of the most prestigious and arduous cycling racers, that a competitive cyclist can compete in. Every year the cycling world watches over France, and the surrounding countries that Tour de France passes through, with anticipation and intrigue. International viewers can watch the race on television, or keep track of their favourite cyclists via the Internet. The length of the race is one of the key attractions to Tour de France. Cyclists can be on the road for over 21 days, and the race track spans 3,600 kilometres. This length of time provides great pressure t ..
Monday, July 02, 2012
What is Brisbane Bastille Day? Brisbane Bastille Day is an important celebration on 14 July. It is celebrated around the world, including Brisbane, and represents freedom, equality and fraternity. Brisbane Bastille Day commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération. This festive occasion is a celebration for French communities around the world, including those in Australia. Brisbane, and other major Australian cities have strong French sub-cultures, which are derived from historical French influences, French migrants to Australia, and individuals who have travelled to and been exposed to France. On 14 July every year, French-Austra ..
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Cannes Film Festival 2012 The Cannes Film Festival, or as it is said in French, Le Festival International du Film de Cannes, is an annual international film festival held in Cannes (http://cannes-destination.fr/), France. The popularity of this festival attracts visitors and generates media coverage from around the world. Film and creative arts enthusiasts wait each year, in anticipation for this influential and inspiring event. Usually held in May each year, at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, The 65th Cannes Film Festival will be held from 16 to 27 May, 2012. The official selection is announced in April each year, on the Festival's website, and a press confe ..
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Who is Victor Hugo? Victor Hugo is one of the most famous and influential writers from France. His best and most notable works include The Hunchback of Notre Dame (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCHm5DURhMw&feature=related) in 1831, and Les Misérables (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oni72Fl7xaw&feature=fvst) in 1862. He was born in 1802, at Besancon in France. Victor Hugo was a poet, a dramatist and a novelist. He became interested in literary expressions and demonstrated a natural talent from a young age. As he grew older, he released more work, and by the age of thirty he already had many popular titles to his name. His writing was very versatile, and he ..
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Who is Edith Piaf? Edith Piaf is the most famous singer from France, and her most popular songs were ‘La vie en rose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzEJ7NV_g98)’, ‘Milord (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d00o1_zUync&ob=av3n), je ne regrette rein’, and a duet she sang with Theo Sarapo: ‘A quoi ça sert l’amour (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtnTaUcMLjA)’. In addition to being an amazing singer, with a beautiful voice and an inspiring stage presence, her life and work as a performer captivated a nation and really resembled the lifestyle of Paris as a city at the time. Her life wasn’t always easy, but ..
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Who are the French Impressionnistes? The Impressionnistes were a group of French artists, who changed the way art was perceived and created. They emerged during the late 1800’s and included the famous artists, Monet (http://giverny.org/monet/welcome.htm), Moriso (http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/painting/commentaire_id/the-cradle-8953.html?tx_commentaire_pi1%5BpidLi%5D=509&tx_commentaire_pi1%5Bfrom%5D=841&cHash=26c27dd211)t, and Pissarro. At that time, French artwork was all about precise lines and highly technical drawings. Tradition had formed methods of creating art in France, but The Impressionnistes changed this with their m ..
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Information About Provence Provence is a region in South-Eastern France. It lies on the Mediterranean and is adjacent to the country of Italy. The attraction of Provence is the Mediterranean climate which allows for the enjoyment of warm nights, dry summers and mild winters. The environment is perfect for swimming in tranquil waters and enjoying a relaxing holiday filled with luxuries and exotic foods. The weather of Provence also allows for certain types of delicacies to be produced locally. If you experience the food in this area, expect to receive a rich range of sheep and goats products, and fresh foods from small local growers. The soil is of poor quality ..
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Laguiole Pocket Knives Laguiole is a pocket knife that was originally produced in the town of Laguiole, in the Aveyron (http://www.aveyron.com/) region of southern France (http://www.south-of-france.com/category/cities/). These knives are French in origin, but because they are not trademarked, and this is simply the name of a style of knife, they are now made all around the world. Asia produces many cheap but poorer quality Laguiole knives, and many people can purchase them, thinking they are a genuine French product. If you seek to purchase a Laguiole, the best place to obtain one of high quality, is France (http://www.france.com/)itself. The knife wo ..

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