13 Jun 2023
Looking for a destination rich in European culture, art, fashion and more? Well, there is no better place to get a feel for it all, than France. Home to over 65 million people, France is the place to go for some of the world's most famous tourist attractions. The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Museum and so many more. The French also have a strong influence worldwide when it comes to food and wine, not to mention the world of sport. Keep reading to learn more interesting facts about the beautiful country of France
One of the planet's most famous landmarks, The Eiffel Tower has been standing tall in Paris since 1889. Designed by French engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower 's construction celebrated the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower stands at 330 metres and was the tallest man-made structure in the world before the Chrysler Building in New York. 25,000 people visit per day for the visitors cafes, gift shops and breath-taking views of Paris. The landmark features in many movies, works of art and tv shows. Netflix's 'Emily in Paris' being the latest.
Europe's most famous museum, The Louvre is home to some of the world's most historic pieces of art. Some of these include Géricault's 'The Raft of Medusa', Caravaggio's 'Death Of The Virgin' and of course Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa'. This French landmark houses over 35,000 artworks that span over 9,000 years of history. making it a must visit for any history fan. The Louvre also offers a range of sculptures, decorative arts and archaeological artefacts for history & art fans to enjoy. The museum attracts around 30,000 visitors per day, rivalling The Eiffel Tower as Paris' top attraction.
Fashion is no modern trend in France. A country rich with craftmanship, luxury design and sophisticated elegance, it's a fashion lover's dream. French fashion has been at the fore since the days of the wealthy French monarchs in the 17th century, right up to today. A huge number of the world's most famous fashion designers throughout the years have been French. Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Louboutin and many more. The city of Paris has made itself one of the most important cities in the fashion industry. Known as a fashion hub, Paris attracts designers, fashion houses, models and photographers from around the world. It is also home to some of the world most prestigious fashion schools. Paris also hosts their annual Fashion Week which is one of the most important dates in the calendar for any fashion enthusiast.
With two World Cups and two European Championships, the French know a thing or two about football. The country has also hosted two world cup competitions and the Euros once. Away from national football, France's domestic league is one of strongest in Europe. Top teams like PSG, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Monaco and more all attract the world's top football talent. French football icons include Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and more, with stars like Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann being idolised worldwide today.
France is also home to delicious food and trademark wine. Breads like baguettes, or pastries like the croissant, it's French cuisine that gave us them all. France is also known for being home to iconic foods such as coq au vin, crème brûlée, macarons and some of the world's most popular cheeses. France is a world leading producer and exporter of some of the most popular wines on the market. These include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and of course Champagne. In fact, France produces around 45 million hectoliters of wine per year.
France is home to over 65 million people and this iconic European country is also a new home to so many people from around the world. Many of these people who now call France their new home, stay connected to their loved ones back home with Ding. If like them, you want to stay connected with your loved ones, send them a mobile top-up or gift card today with Ding.
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