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Monday, February 27, 2012
Eiffel Tower Facts The Eiffel Tower is a grand structure that is located on the Champ de Mars ( in Paris, France. It was built in 1889, and stands 324 metres tall. The Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world, and it held this title for 41 years. The Chrysler Building in New York City was built taller than the Eiffel Tower, in 1930, but an addition of an antenna on top of The Eiffel Tower ( then made it taller than The Chrysler Building. Today, The Eiffel Tower is the second tallest building in France, not including antennas, and is only surpassed by the Millau Viad ..
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Mont Saint Michel Facts Mont St Michel ( is a small rocky island just off the north coast of France, and it is located at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy ( This mountain is well known as the medieval Benedictine Abbey and steepled church take up most of the island, which is really just a collection of 1km-wide rocks. The island used to be called Mont Tombe, in the 8th century, before Benedictine Abbey was constructed. There exists a legend that says the archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, and directed him to ..
Monday, February 20, 2012
Who is Coco Chanel? Coco Chanel ( is a famous French fashion designer, and one of the most influential women in recent times. Her fashion designs transcended time, and although they were revolutionary at the time, her signature pieces are still fashionable and desirable now, as they were when they were first designed and released. Coco Chanel grew up in an unstable home, and after her mother’s death she was sent by her father to live with relatives. Her social life continued an eccentric path and she started employment as an entertainer. During this time she changed her name to ‘Coco’ and formed relationships with several notable men,  ..
Thursday, February 16, 2012
What is Notre de Dame? Notre de Dame is a cathedral in Paris (, but even before this was built the site was used for centuries, for various other religious monuments, by The Celts, The Romans, and even a Christian Basilica was established on the site. Notre de Dame, as it stands today was built in 1116, by Bishop Maurice de Sully. ( The architecture style followed the new gothic style of the time, and influenced the style of further cathedrals that were built afterwards. The establishment of Notre de Dame was a bold and beautiful statement, and no other cathedral at that time  ..
Thursday, February 16, 2012
What is Petanque? Petanque is a French game which originated in 1907 in La Ciotat (, in Provence, in southern France. The term has the meaning of ‘feet together’ or keeping your ‘feet anchored’. Players are required to inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, and throw a hollow metal ball as near as possible to a small wooden ball that has the name of a cochonnet. Sometimes the cochonnet goes by other names, including a bouchon, le petit or a jack. Petanque is similar to the game of bowls and can be played on hard and gravel like surfaces, including sand and grass. Over the years the sport has changed ..
Friday, February 10, 2012
What are Macarons? Macarons are a sweet dessert that are popular in French culture, although they are made in other areas of the world, including Europe. The name has been derived from the Italian words ‘maccarone’ and ‘maccherone’, and is an iconic part of French culture and cuisine. Similar to other French dessert traditions, macaroons are small, bite-sized sweets with a mouthful of flavour and refined recipes. Macarons are a sugary-sweet, meringue-based confectionery that are made in France from recipes that have been passed down through generations. Depending on the region in which they are made, macaroons usually follow a reci ..
Monday, February 06, 2012
French Champagne? Champagne is a luxurious alcoholic beverage, that comes from the north-eastern region of France of the same name, and is near the city of Reims ( The name Champagne is derived from the Latin word ‘campania’ and refers to the similarities of the rolling hills in the French province and the landscape around Campania, which is located south of Rome, in Italy. During any special occasion, a bottle of Champagne isn’t too far away, and is brought out to celebrate achievements in a social and classy manner. Champagne ( is a universal symbol of success, including the mar ..
Thursday, January 19, 2012
What are the benefits of learning French? Many people around the world choose to learn French as their second language. The benefits of knowing another language, especially French, are incredible and can change the way you live, learn and interact with other people from around the world – so what are the benefits of learning French? French ( is considered the second most influential language in the world and is spoken in more than two dozen countries in five continents. Learning French ( means that you can travel and interact with local citizens in all corners of the world. Learning another ..
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Take a trip to the French Wine Regions. French Wine Regions There are seven main French wine regions and these include, Alsace (, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Provence and the Rhone Valley ( Although there are others, these French wine regions produce the most wine in quantity and quality. Visitors from all over France, and the world, drink wine from these areas, and travel to them especially to taste the local flavours and learn how the wines are produced. Bordeaux ( is a French wine region that is extremely popular, and distributes wines from over 12,000 local w ..

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