By Heather Stimmler-Hall
Written via a Paris resident, this is each local of the town, the forests and parks, plus urged day-trips to majestic ch?teaux and actual medieval villages. buying adventures, wine and nutrients, dance and drama, language and literature, nightlife and leisure ? the writer exhibits you ways to become involved in all of it, no matter if via cooking periods, dance classes, language classes, luxurious spas or wine fairs. city and neighborhood maps, colour photographs, absolutely listed.
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N When To Go Documentation 39 n It’s also a time of many important conferences Getting Here 41 n and trade fairs, so book hotel rooms well in adGetting Around 43 n vance. November and December can be quite 60 festive as the holiday lights go up around the n Practicalities city and department stores try to outdo each other with elaborate window displays. It’s a time of crowded Christmas markets and ice-skating rinks, nativity scenes in the cathedrals and New Year’s Eve feasting. January and February are the coldest months, and the parks and gardens can be quite dreary.
Introduction EuroDisney (now known as Disneyland Paris) was criticized by the French when it opened in 1992, they now make up over 70% of the park’s visitors. Things have calmed a bit since the cross-Atlantic popularity of French films like Amélie and music groups like Air have shown that globalization can work both ways. 32 n The Land n Natural Disasters The Storm of the Century On December 26, 1999 a great storm hit France. In just 90 minutes, Paris lost over 150,000 trees in its parks and gardens, and the gardens of Versailles were devastated.
Com. The Party System Marx once called France a “political nation par excellence,” and although things have calmed considerably in the past century, the French still enjoy a good shakeup of the system when they think one’s needed. The French have thrown out and rewritten their constitution several times over the past two centuries, so there’s no strong sense of loyalty to the current regime. Political debate is a cultural sport in France, and any witty attack on politicians or intelligent questioning of the status quo is well-re- The Party System n 25 Major players include the once-powerful French Communist Party, severely weakened since the end of the Cold War; the Socialist Party of the former President François Mitterrand; the conservative Rassemblement pour la République (RPR), founded by Charles de Gaulle and now led by President Chirac; and the Union pour la Démocratie Française (UDF), a center-right party usually siding with the RPR.
Adventure Guide Paris & lle-de-France (Adventure Guides Series) by Heather Stimmler-Hall