Things we love about France?
• Things we love about France?
The answer to this question is not so simple, and each person will have their. If you do not love France ... There is no hope, those among our readers not there.
Many of us are interested in French history. Hundred Years War and the French Revolution, Napoleon's empire - all this is a historic visit card of France. If you are more interested in architecture, too, you will find a lot of interesting things, from the deep Middle Ages to the present day in France. Squat Romanesque churches and the majestic Gothic churches, ancient monuments of fortification, building a new time - palaces - they are also in France.
There is a saying that says that France is a trendsetter. Artists of this country creating new trends in painting. French music of his melody can not cast a spell. A French cinema, particularly comic direction, we can review the dozens of times without losing interest. On the French coast comfortably rest from worldly affairs. And that we are talking about passive recreation. For fans of more active rest - the mass of options, depending on the scope of your interests. You can connect multiple directions. For example, to get acquainted with the history and art to see. Get at least Louvre Cite island.
And that is the only one of Notre Dame. And Les Invalides. No, do not worry, it's not what you think. We are talking about a huge palace, where lie the remains of the Emperor Napoleon I Bonaparte French. Its Arc de Triomphe still adorns Paris, recalling past victories of the French army at a time when she strode triumphantly across Europe. It was probably the highest political rise of France for the last 200 years. Then there was a series of failures and troubles, which the French state, changing not only the rulers but also the very form of government more than once, as if to pay for grandeur.
But, you know, how sad, when Paris and even the whole of France to reduce one of the Eiffel Tower. Yes, it so happened that she became a business card for the whole nation and the state. But the tower itself - the structure relatively recent, not enough - is very random. It was built for the World Exposition in 1889. However, it happened exactly on the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, a coincidence or whether it was done on purpose, it is difficult to say. But the Eiffel Tower was to be dismantled after the exhibition. She and today pleases the eye of the tourist, who, being in Paris, will want to contemplate is the 324-meter steel structure. By the way, there is evidence that the writer Guy de Maupassant hated the tower, except that it spoils the view of Paris. Nevertheless, every day he would come here to dine from inside. He explained this oddity that this place - only, where the tower is not visible.
There are such people - are called tafofily. Anyway - cemeteries lovers. Not for some strange dark purposes, but just people in their own touch to the past. For these campaigns is the best fit Abbey of Saint-Denis. After all, there lie many French kings. Of course, people's anger Revolution of 1789 struck and hated them on the graves of representatives of the monarchy. Sans-culottes did not care what the Kings long dead. However, dug out of the grave of Henry IV's body, who was killed in 1610, they saw that that did not touch the ashes, and he seemed very recently buried. Say, the crowd of revolutionaries shouted: "Long live the King Henry the Great." Perhaps because of this, Saint-Denis has been preserved and restored.
Paris not only interesting for the trip. Even small towns rich in its history, we can not meet again in the pages of well-known and loved by us literary works. Speaking of French literature can be discussed separately and very long in its genre diversity. If you have not read yet - be sure to read. For example, the book by Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo. " It does not matter how old you are. In France, there is something to see for every age and taste. Lovers of delicious gourmet food stands to taste French cuisine. Do not worry, do not have to eat frogs. All very tasty and healthy.