Country Report France

Written by Susan of Wardrobe

 My family and I spent a whole month in France.  We took a TGV ( Train a Grand Vitesse) from Northern Italy along the coast to Southern France. We spent one week in Cannes. Then we spent two weeks in Montpellier and 10 days in Paris. In this report I will talk about the Country of France, its food, the places that we went to, and my favourite memory of France.

France is an incredible country next to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium. The population of France is 59.7 million people. The Capital city is Paris and the people are called French. Their official religion is Catholic. France’s currency is Euros because it is part of the European Union. A Euro is worth $1.40 Canadian. The type of government is Democratic and Social Republic

The language in France is French. Hello in French is Bonjour. Goodbye is Aurevoir. Thank you is Merci. Please is S’il vous plait. You’re welcome is Bienvenue, but people mostly say de rien, which means it’s nothing.

The flag of Italy is blue, white, and red in a vertical tricolour.  The three colours represent Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity which came from the constitution after the French Revolution between 1789-1799.

The food here is delicious. I will name some:

Croissants-  Croissants are soft bread shaped like a crescent moon. They are very yummy and buttery.

Baguette-Baguettes are a long French bread that are tasty when fresh. Baguettes are very good for bread and jam snacks.

French Wine- French wine is very good and cheap. It is very good because there are lots of vineyards in the countryside of France. There are lots of different types of French wine like Red and white and more.

Cheese- French people really love cheese. We tasted a Rocfort cheese which is a blue cheese. It was very good and creamy. It was also one of the three cheeses that we ate on our three cheese pizzas.

Our adventures in France:

Beach day in Cannes

Cannes- Cannes is a wonderful little town on the coast of France next to Nice. Every year the city of Cannes celebrates the Cannes film festival. Did you know that the Lumiere brothers invented moving picture (film)? The Lumiere brothers also lived in Cannes which is why Cannes has a film festival. We also took a day trip to Monaco while we stayed in Cannes. Monaco is one of the richest places in the world. It is also the 2nd smallest country in the world.

Monaco

Montpellier- Montpellier is where we stayed for two weeks to look for a house to live in next year. Montpellier is a nice little town next to the water. Montpellier is known to be the place to go to if you want to learn the French language. People from all over the world go there to learn how to speak French. While we were there, Lucy turned 7 in Montpellier.

Montpellier Centre Ville

Carcassonne

Carcassonne- While we were in Montpellier we took a day trip to Carcassonne. Carcassonne is a medieval fortified village. Carcassonne is also a World UNESCO Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved fortified castles in the world. In Carcassonne there are streets full of shops. We went and walked past all the shops. Edmund, Peter and I also got bows and arrows.

Archers in Carcassonne

Mona Lisa smile at the Louvre

 Paris- Paris is a beautiful city and a big one too! While we were in Paris we walked under The Arc de Triomph.  We saw the Louvre one day and lots of the paintings inside it. That even includes the Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa! I thought that was neat because in Milan we saw Leonardo Da vinci’s Last Supper painting. Leonardo Da Vinci is one of my favourite historical figures because he’s a genius.  

We even saw the Eiffel Tower, once in Daylight and another time at night while it was lit up. We climbed up the Eiffel tower one night. It was magnificent! The entire city was lit up; all of the buildings were glittering with different colours. It was even more interesting to see that the Eiffel Tower sat glittering under my feet!  

Tour d’Eiffel

My Favourite Memory of France

My favourite memory of France is when we took the elevator up the Eiffel Tower. When we got to the top I stood and looked over the side. The city was beneath me and I was up so high. It felt magnificent to be up in the air and be able to look down on everything instead of looking up to see things. I felt so tall as if I were almost floating. It was even better that the city and the Eiffel Tower were lit up so brightly. Paris is known to the world as the City of Light. It was funny to see all of the cars, because they were as small as little ants. It was Unimaginable!

Conclusion

I really enjoyed my time in France. I think it was one of my favourite places that I’ve been to while traveling. I have great memories of France, and my family and I are excited to go back this fall for a year so we can immerse ourselves in the language.

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2 Responses to Country Report France

  1. Diane H. says:

    Love the picture of Carcassonne! We had trouble getting that picture because it is just SO BIG.

    Our kids got bows and arrows at Carcassonne too. Add that to the swords and shields they picked up at other French fortresses and they’re ready for the battle. Frankly, I wouldn’t have thought of them as very appropriate toys prior to this trip, but here it seems quite natural for kids to play “chateau fort”.

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