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Re: Cultural Curiosities: Life in Other Countries

Postby Valiant_Nymph » May 14, 2018 2:48 pm

I've been to France, although it was many years ago. Which part of France are you visiting? I personally didn't enjoy Paris too much, as it was very crowded and 'touristy.' But I liked a little seacoast town I visited called La Rochelle; it was very romantic ;;)

And my favourite part of visiting France was definitely the food! I remember getting the sweetest and reddest strawberries while I was there. :)
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Re: Cultural Curiosities: Life in Other Countries

Postby waggawerewolf27 » May 14, 2018 5:22 pm

Yes French food could be nice, though I am not fond of the way the French do ham, or how they do allegedly Italian food 8-| . I do love French cheeses though, and bouillabaisse, and it is best to go to the Brasseries to eat in preference to fast food places like McDonalds.

I've been to France three times in all, but the third time was only for a day or three, in association with the ANZAC Day centenary of 2015. A lot depends on what you want to see, and do, in the country, and that time, 26-28th April, 2015, I was visiting Northern France, around Villers Bretonneux, where there is a museum for those Australians who were sent to that town in World War I to help defend it against invading German forces. This year Villers Bretonneux was the site for Anzac Day commemorations, as the battle of Villers Bretonneux occurred a century ago, on 25th April, 1918.

I've also been to see the American war graves and monument overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy, which commemorates the D-Day landings of 6th June, 1944, which helped put an end to World War II, and which would be of great significance to American visitors there, in particular. Further along the Normandy coast are Sword and Juno Beaches where the British and Canadian troops landed. France, today, looks very green and tranquil for such a turbulent history.

As well, I've been to Honfleur, St Malo, Mont St Michel, Epinay (the centre of the champagne producing area), Rouen and Rheims. I wish I could go back to have another look at the cathedral in Rouen, in particular, as this Normandy city is much more historical than for being the place where St Joan of Arc was burned at the stake. And the tour we went on to visit Normandy and a bit of Brittanny, didn't take in Bayeux where the famous Bayeux tapestry is normally located.

I personally didn't enjoy Paris too much, as it was very crowded and 'touristy.'


Yes, the Louvre is not a place for the faint-hearted, especially on a French public holiday, and it is important to beware of pickpockets. Around Versailles there are too many people trying to sell souvenirs and virtually everyone gets pushed in, in large groups that is easy to get detached from if you can't keep up. Even the Eiffel tower can get a bit too crowded. Often in those places I saw more when with my own family rather than with the larger tourist group. There is a gilded statue of St Joan of Arc, just down from the Louvre, in the Place des Pyramides, adjoining the Rue de Rivoli, in Paris, and if you see it, please give it a wave for me. It is one landmark that is hard to miss, and one place where I knew exactly where I was. Beware of Paris traffic. ;)
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Re: Cultural Curiosities: Life in Other Countries

Postby Valiant_Nymph » May 22, 2018 12:55 pm

Has anyone been to New York city? My brother is going and would like some tips on places to visit (especially places to eat ;) ) I went there once, but it has been years (and I was only 10)!
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Re: Cultural Curiosities: Life in Other Countries

Postby coracle » May 22, 2018 2:51 pm

I was there for a couple of days in 2000 - when the WTC was still there - and I had a recommendation from another traveller to go on the Circle line boats, which take you right round Manhattan. The guide tells you about everything you are seeing, and it was a great start to my visit as I knew approximately where I was. I went up the Empire State and was able to identify some of the buildings from above (after the boat ride).
I recommend you find a good basic guide book and use it to make a short list.
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Re: Cultural Curiosities: Life in Other Countries

Postby Valiant_Nymph » May 22, 2018 8:54 pm

Thanks, Coracle. I will pass on this info to my brother. :)

If I were going I would just want to eat all the good food! My tourist stops would consist in stops at restaurants haha. When I went years ago, I remember thinking pizza in New York was sublime.
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