France – Overview
Britain and France. Two countries linked by a tunnel of just over 30 miles, and very little else. Our culture is different; our landscape, language, weather, even our lavender is different. Comparing the two countries is like comparing the White Cliffs of Dover with a ripe Camembert. And that, of course, is why we love France so much.
We love its wild Atlantic coast and its warm Mediterranean beaches. We love its rolling wine country and its snow-capped mountains. We love its sophisticated cities, its 1,200 museums, its 43,180 historical monuments, and its 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And we adore the fact that its restaurants have more Michelin stars than any other country, except Japan.
And so, it seems, does everyone else. France is the most visited country in the world; Paris the most visited city; its iconic Eiffel Tower the most visited paid-for monument. This is where painters, writers and moviemakers come for inspiration; where chefs, fashion designers and wine-makers come to learn from the masters.
“Every man has two countries; his own and France”. It’s not entirely clear who said it first, but whoever it was, they were right. Vive la différence, we say.