Touring France: The Joys of Lace, Chocolate and Old Fashioned Wine
France, the country that is home to some of the most beautiful lace in the world, chocolate delicacies and old fashioned wine. The trip begins with a visit to Paris, which has been called “The City of Lights.” It’s rich history dates back centuries. I’ll take you through winding streets lined with restaurants serving dishes from all over France and shops selling everything from cheese made by monks to perfumes so expensive they’re only sold in sets for $5,000.
The history of Paris dates back to the time when it was known as Lutetia. The Romans took over in about 52 BC and renamed the city “Paris.” In this ancient Roman settlement, there’s evidence that wine was being produced before it even became an official drink for Christians during Holy Communion.
Tourists who have been around long enough will remember visiting France on a class field trip with their classmates during elementary school to see all the famous landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral and Sacre Coeur Basilica. But what might be most surprising is how many different French wines exist today – more than 300 from regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace.
If you want to experience the best of France in one weekend, a good place to start would be Paris. You can also visit famous places like the Notre Dame Cathedral or Sacre Coeur Basilica and then head out into the countryside for some wine tasting at an estate vineyard just outside Lyon.
A few things not often spoken about when it comes to French wines are how they’re produced, what flavors you’ll find depending on where they come from and why there’s such diversity within this category of drink – something no other country has been able to produce so successfully.