Historically, for the western world, Europe is the epicenter of history, art and culture. With a collective of beautiful countries featuring gem-like, postcard worthy cities, there is a European locale to suit the desires of every traveler in pursuit of a western experience.
If you want to marvel at the northern lights, the Scandinavian nations of Norway, Sweden, and Finland will be right for you. If you want to taste some of the world’s finest chocolates, Belgium will be a treasure trove for you. If you want to explore the destinations featured in classical mythology, Greece and Italy will be good places to visit. Germany are for those who want to get a taste of the famed German hospitality, especially during October (Oktoberfest, anyone?). But if you want to visit one of the classic powerhouses of European style, art and culture, there is surely one country that you should not forget to visit: France.
The culture, culinary appetite, beauty, the style and appeal of France are well documented. Over the last twenty years, I have found myself drawn to it, more and more, and I am not alone. The food, art, wine, style, ease and policy dynamics call to me, and people from all over the world flock to this nation to experience what it has to offer – and it has a lot to offer! While you may not need some convincing why France always a good idea. Here are a few additional reasons why visiting France is an opportunity not to miss:
The historical and humanitarian impact, as well as contributions to the current global state cannot be overstated. In many ways, it is one of the few countries, for better or for worse, that has shaped the destiny of the modern world. A classical proponent of democracy and civic engagement, its impact lingers and is evident in the approach to life, architecture and art. When you walk the streets and alleys of Paris, for example, take the chance to get lost in the charming array of aesthetically significant buildings and structures. Just look at the buildings along the Avenue des Champs-Elysses. The Eifel Tower, the healing Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe are among the points of interest that tell a lot about France’s history and culture. This means that if you are looking to be inspired, you will always find a spot to explore a beautiful events place in France.
It is nearly impossible to discuss culture without mentioning about the arts. Falling out of the state and vibe of a country is its arts scene. From the rise of freedom, the soul of decadence and the flavor of a people willing to speak their minds and honor tradition, France will never run out of its artistic sensibilities. The existence of the Louvre is just one testament of the country’s commitment to preserving this lens on history and promoting the arts. France is also home to some of the world’s most distinguished artists. Some of them include Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Paul Gauguin. You can see some of their most spectacular works within the borders of this country.
Of course, it is worth noting that France is a powerhouse when it comes to delivering time-tested fashion and style. Chanel, Christian Dior and Christian Louboutin are also icons that have called this region home. Louis Vuitton and Givenchy is also among the top-of-mind fashion houses that continue to draw inspiration and sustenance from the nurturing support of France. Also it is home to many newer houses, brands and the endless wardrobe inspiration that draws the eyes of the world’s elite and dreamers alike. It is no wonder that the crowds flock to Paris Fashion Week, and it remains after many years one of the biggest fashion events of the year.
These are just a few of the reasons to add this fascinating country to your list of must visits. And the list of reasons for visiting this country is surely endless. I recommend not trying to do everything when you visit and drifting into overwhelm and a mindless blur of travel, but allow yourself time to enjoy and experience a few things in this magnificent country and take the best memories with you.