France is a magical country and everything about the country has a level of delicacy, a level of elegance and decadence that we see in such few countries. The glamor of the country, due to Paris being the fashion hub of the world, needs no definition and the sites are just mesmerizing. Even the language, French, is so delicate, so refined and so romantic that other languages seem to automatically concede in front of it (although Spanish might have a small edge). In this article today, we are going to mention ten things to know about France, a country that we have come to love.
10. The Louvre
The first thing or rather fact that we have to report in our list of the top ten things to know about France is regarding the largest museum in the world and which most of you know is The Louvre. Most of you we are sure have begun associating the museum with the glass pyramid type shape, that illuminated structure that would show up whenever you Google The Lourve. But how many of you actually knew that the glass shaped pyramid structure is not the actual pyramid but a tribute to the Egyptian pyramids? Well that is certainly addition to you guys knowledge about France eh?
The second thing or rather fact that we have to report in our list of the top ten things to know about France is regarding tourism. Now we all know that France is the fashion capital of the world and during fashion week, the whole world literally flocks to France. And then we all also know that France has Paris which means that all the hopeless romantics of the world would tend to fly towards Paris at some point in their lives and considering how many hopeless romantics there actually are, you can be sure that France has a lot of tourists all the year round. Despite all of this commonly known information, did you know that France is by far the most visited country in the world? Yes it is true, there were nearly 90 million tourists that flocked to the city in the year 2013!
8. French Cuisine
The next fact that we are going to list on our list is regarding the French cuisine. We all know that the french are known for their delicious and decadent cuisine right? Well did you know that nearly all of their citizen eat almost 500 snails in one year! You’d think that their cuisine is made of snails and nothing but snails eh? For the US it was acres of pizza and for the French its snails!
The cuisine related fact finding does not stop there though because next on our list is something related to French cheese. You guys remember how Monica hit it off with a guy who knew a lot of cuisine and they both wanted to live in a house made of blue cheese (we are obviously talking about the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S)? Well did you guys know that the French have 1000 varieties of cheese in their market? You do know what this means right- that you can have a different variety of cheese consecutively for nearly three years every single day! We bet you didn’t!
6. The French introduced Jeans
We all love our jeans don’t we? There is nothing more comfortable than wearing jeans where ever whenever right? Well the next fact on our list of things to know about France has everything to do with France because it is in the french city of Nimes that this particular fabric of clothing was born. Levis Strauss then took it too America so that the mine workers could have some tough clothing that wouldn’t wear and tear so easily.
5. Unique Architecture – Gothic
While we are still on the subject of what the French introduced let us also tell you another thing that you ought to know about France. WE have seen all sorts of architecture and one that looks the most daunting Dracula type is the known as the Gothic architecture right? Well did you guys know that it was the French that introduced this architecture to the world? We aren’t very sure how they came upon the concept but this is the reason that there are so many cathedrals and buildings that are perfect examples of what Gothic architecture is supposed to look like.
4. Paris wasn’t a part of France
We next come to the most loved capital city of the world that is Paris. We have all had dreams to visit Paris at one or the other point in our lives yes? Well as it turns out Paris wasn’t originally a part of France! Shocked? So were we! This revelation on our list of ten things to know about France was some what of a shocker for us too. Paris was originally a part of the Roman empire and was called “Lutetia“.
3. Traffic Signs
Since we are still on the topic of France we should also let you know that the traffic system in Paris is superb! How do we know that you ask? Well we judged it based on the fact that the entire city of Paris has just one Stop! sign! What would you make of that and let us ask you this, what do you think would happen in your city if it had just one stop sign?
2. France is the most Depressed City in the World
We believe that out of our entire list of things to know about France, this will perhaps be the most unexpected of all. Did you guys know that one out of every five people in France have had bouts of depression at one point in their lives? And do you know that makes France, despite is scenic beauty, despite its history, despite its delicious cuisine, despite Paris, the most depressing country in the entire world? Irony? We think not!
1. Marry the Dead
We have reached the end of our list on things to know about France and we think we might have found out why France is the most depressing country in the world. In France, you can legally marry (not people from the same sex, no no) dead people! No wonder they are so depressed all of the time!