• Harriot Grinnell-Moore

Facts About France (Part II)

So, having just finished my university applications, for the second time around (hurray!) I've been reminiscing about the summer I spent at the Sorbonne, and how utterly incredible it was. It also reminded me of the many many facts I learnt there...

  • More iron was used to build the Nave of Le Grand Palais than was used to build Le Tour Eiffel, Le Grand Palais also has the largest glass roof in Europe!

  • Facebook, sometimes jokingly gets called "fesses de bouc" which means "goats butt" in French, due to the similar sounding names!

  • The French manage to find two "pancake days" in February, La Chandeleur which falls on the 2nd February, also known as Candlemas, alongside Shrove Tuesday, with which us brits are more familiar with.

  • The wide, symmetrical boulevards that seem synonymous with Paris were only created in the 20th Century. They were designed in an attempt to discourage barricades, which were all too easily constructed in Paris' narrow winding streets, and therefore avoid future revolutions by being able to dismantle rebellions far more quickly. So, Napoleon III commissioned Baron Haussmann to rebuild Paris "as a modern city." This is the Paris we see today.

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