Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sundays in France - Fast & Fun Facts about France

Every Sunday, this blog will explore France, based on our family's virtual explorations in 2011

Can you find France on a map? It's the largest country in the European Union, and borders Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Monaco and Andorra. 

Paris skyline with Eiffel Tower
Photo Credit: Miroslav Petroska (CC)
  • France is sometimes referred to as "The Hexagon" because of the six sided shape of its borders. 
  • It has a population of 66.6 million people
  • French is the official language and the most spoken, but there are many other regional dialects and languages, like Basque, Alsatian and Breton to name just a few
  • More than 80% of the population is Roman Catholic. 
  • The capital of France is Paris
  • France receives 83 million foreign tourists every year - the most of any country in the world!
Gordes, in the region of Provence, FrancePhoto Credit: Jorge Sanmartin Maissa(CC)
  • The French national motto is "Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité" (Freedom, Equality and Brotherhood).
  • The French flag is known as Le Drapeau Tricolor, or Tricolour for short. 
  • The French government awards medals to citizens who have "successfully raised several children with dignity".
  • France was the first country to introduce the licence plate.
  • France uses 12 different time zones, the most of any other country in the world.
  • There are 350-400 distinct types of French cheese
  • The French can take credit for many inventions & discoveries, including Braille, the metric system, aspirin, bicycles, hot air balloons and the Etch-a-Sketch
The French AlpsPhoto Credit: Bernard Blanc (CC)

Did you learn anything new?


  1. 12 TIME ZONES? That's insane!

  2. That's very interesting. We live next door but I didn't know a lot of that!
    I'll be looking forward to these posts.

    1. Have you ever been? There's just something about France, I'm not so surprised they receive the most foreign tourists.


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