French Culture


Before my trip, culturally literate people informed me that there is much more to France than just the World Cup, and I should make sure to also explore some of its cultural treasures while I was there. Luckily, there was usually two hours between the early and late games, so there was plenty of time to investigate all the other contributions of French culture. For example...

Architecture


France is well known for its medieval cathedrals. Here we see the Cathedral St. Dennis, well known as the burying site of kings such as Ronaldo the Mercurial and Roberto Carlos the Swerver. Architecture students will note the gothic spires and flying buttresses common in buildings of this period.

Art


France has often been the center of the art world. You can appreciate this easily, as the fine French impressionist paintings, such as the one shown here, are displayed on posters, banners, and T-shirts throughout the city.

Fashion


French fashion is popular worldwide. Fashions change rapidly to always be on the cutting edge. For example, here we see yesterday's Cameroon merchandise already on sale!

Food


France has a reputation for having the best food in the world. While I do appreciate being able to get beer with my pommes-frites, and getting those cool ozone-depleting boxes you can't get in the US anymore, I found France's culinary reputation to be a bit overstated.

Music


France doesn't seem to have made much of a contribution to music. Most of the music I heard was sung by a Senagalese named Youssou N'Dour and Belgian named Axelle Red.

As you can see, my cultural education is progressing well. I am, however, sadly deficient in my knowledge of Japanese and Korean cultures, but I expect to have ample time to correct this, say in about June 2002.

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