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Hi everybody!

I started this blog in 2007, and then forgot about it, but I kept receiving nice comments and I was surprised to see how many people had visited it! So I'd like to thank you all for your support. I've decided to work on this blog again now that I've more free time.

Welcome on board. Thank you for having chosen our airline to discover France :). Please, fasten your seatbelt, we are about to land in Paris.

Guten Tag. Wilkommen hier. Ich kann nicht so gut Deutsch sprechen, es tut mir leid. Wir werden Frankreich besuchen. Die erste Stadt ist Paris.

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Paris, la capitale de la France.
Paris, the capital of France.
Paris, die Hauptstadt von Frankreich.

If you want to see more pictures of Paris, this is a great website I found by chance: Website

La tour Eiffel
The Eiffel Tower
Der EiffelTurm

The tower is 325m high, and was designed by Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Statue of Liberty. (Wasn't that guy a genius?) It took more than 2 years to finish it.

Le musée du Louvre

This is the biggest museum in Paris, where you can see the famous Mona Lisa. It's the most visited art museum in the world...and yet...I've never been there!

L'arc de triomphe
The triumphal arch
Der Triumphbogen

It's in the middle of a roundabout from which 12 avenues radiate out. Napoleon had it built after his victory at Austerlitz for he wanted his soldiers to walk under triomphal archs when they would be back in Paris. Because of several events, it took 30 years to finish it.

Les Invalides
Das Hôtel national des Invalides

It was originally built as a hospital and home for disabled soldiers by Louis XIV and it now houses the tomb of Napoleon and the museum of the Army of France.

Notre Dame de Paris

Ever heard of the Hunchback of Notre-Dame? :)

The foundation stone was laid in 1163. The construction took several centuries, but it was definitely worth it, wasn't it?

La basilique du Sacré-Coeur.
The basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Die Basilika Sacré-Cœur.

There are still a lot of interesting things in Paris, but it would be too long to show you them all. Before we leave, I'd like to show you the monument I love the most in Paris. This is the Opera Garnier, which I find very beautiful, especially at night. (There are lots of amazing pictures on Flickr)

I hope you enjoyed visiting Paris. I wouldn't like to live there (I prefer smaller cities or villages) but according to me, it's a city of great charm. It kept its old architecture, so the landscape isn't entirely composed of sky-scrapers or modern buildings. If you want a piece of friendly advice, take some time to see the monuments at twilight. :)

I live in the Nord Pas de Calais, which is in the north of France. This is Arras, the city where I live. It's not a big city like the ones we'll visit later, but I think it's very nice to live there.

Welcome in Lille, still in the north. Lille is famous for its "braderie", Europe's largest flea market which attract about 2 or 3 million of people every year. For the occasion, people eat mussels and chips. There's a contest between the town’s restaurants to see who can build the highest mountain of empty mussel shell.

On the left, you can see a street of the "Vieux-Lille" (vieux meaning old) and on the right is the christmas big wheel.

Lucky us, we also have nice landscapes and towns in the north! (A slag heap, the Opale Coast, Le Touquet)

If you ever talk to some French people, I'm pretty sure that most of them would tell you not to go to the North, because it rains a lot, and that there's nothing to see. Yes it rains, and indeed, there's not enough monuments nor touristic attractions to stay there for a week. BUT! Have you heard of the movie Bienvenue chez les ch'tis? Ch'ti is slang for a person from the north of France. And if someone decided to make a movie about us, doesn't it mean that we are special? :P

[coming soon]

We are in Aquitaine, in the South-West. Biarritz is known for its beach in summer, and Bordeaux is known for its wines.

Wir sind in Aquitaine, in der Westsuden. Biarritz ist gekannt für sein Strand im Sommer, und Bordeaux ist gekannt für sein Wein.

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