This ability to let their hair down and enjoy is interwoven into their culture and they imbibe from it. Even the simplest food is cooked in the most careful serious manner and so time is never a constraint. The chefs and the cooks know which fruit, vegetable or wine tastes best from their point of produce and no effort is spared to make it great tasting. It's an art form I guess! A true labor of love! Not able to afford high-end restaurants, try the smaller players. They approach food with the same diligence as the others.
The cuisine in France is a reflection of its culture, perfection attained through unhurried attention. Food without wine, not in France! France pours wine into the food as well as uses wine to accompany the food. The French are supposed to have less inhibitions and that is shown in their food choices as well. So if you are ready to experience a new laid back world of culinary delights, then get going. France waits!!
French films have a long history of being popular for their high quality, intellectual content, and artistic flair. The films are noted for their poignant dramas and clever comedies, for their great taste in cinematography and editing and overall have less violence and cynicism from their American counterparts.
France is supposed to churn out the most number of films after the USA and India. Unfortunately, France has over protected and over subsidized its films in the name of preserving culture and this has kind of backfired for the French film industry. Due to their restrictions many a film has lost its ability to be visible to worldwide audiences.
Many French films are sold to American producers and turned into American films. "Three men and a Baby" is the American version of a French film " Trois hommes et un couffin " but the American version is more action packed, more cynical rather than the French version which is more light and down to earth.
" March of the Penguin ", by Luc Jacquet on the life of the giant Antarctic penguin was a huge success in the USA in 2005 and a box office topper as well. But the original version" La marche de l'empereur" was a more a parable on the human conditions and rich in cultural French allusions, but the doctored version was more a factual documentary. The French movies are simple but are passionate and intense. Of course, the when in France make sure the usher gets a big tip at the theatre, its his only source of income!
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25 Oct 2005
Shopping in France
If shopping is your domain, then France, and of course, Paris beckons you! Paris is the fashion capital of the world and is a prime destination for buyers from all over the world. Apart from designer clothes for which it is famous, special purchases will include, lace, crystal glass, cheeses, coffee and, of course, wines, spirits and liqueurs. Arques, the home of Crystal D'Arques, is famous for its crystals and Lille, the main town of French Flanders, is known for particularly fine lace. Hypermarkets, enormous supermarkets that sell everything from foodstuffs and clothes to hi-fi equipment and furniture, are widespread in France. They tend to be situated just outside of town and all have parking facilities. For the French, going to the