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frankreich strassburgTourism plays an important economic role in France. Around a million people work in the tourism sector; Around ten percent of the gross national product is generated there. The country was considered the world's most important tourist destination in 2019, with 90 million foreign visitors. Paris and its surrounding area, the Île-de-France, the Mediterranean coast (e.g. Côte d'Azur) and the French Alps are important holiday regions. As of 2019, the country had 45 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the World Economic Forum's 2019 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, which measures a country's tourism performance, France ranks second out of 140 countries.

France does not see itself as a Grande Nation. In media policy, one's own culture and language are promoted through quotas for films and music. France is vigorously pursuing its concept of defending cultural diversity (“diversité culturelle”) in the European Union, UNESCO and the World Trade Organization (WTO): culture is not a commodity that can be freely traded without restrictions. The cultural sector is therefore an exception to the rest of the economy (“exception culturelle”).

Nationwide care and preservation of the rich material cultural heritage is viewed as a task of national importance. This understanding is effectively conveyed to the public through government-organized or sponsored measures that contribute to the formation of national cultural awareness. Days of national heritage, music or cinema, for example, which are firmly anchored in the annual cultural calendar, are very well received by the population.

French cuisine (Cuisine française) has been considered the most influential national cuisine in Europe since the early modern period. It is world-famous for both its quality and its versatility and looks back on a long tradition. In France, food is an important part of daily life and the cultivation of cuisine is an indispensable part of the national culture. The French gastronomic meal was recognized as an intangible world heritage by UNESCO.

Calais - French migration port on the way to England

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Calais - French migration port on the way to England

After many years of abstinence we once again decided going to England, close to the like a sword of Damocles over the island hanging exit attempt from the EU, where no one finally really knows what will happen in this long lasting episode.

Paragliding in South Africa - Porterville and Kleinkrantz

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Paragliding in South Africa - Porterville and Kleinkrantz

We've known each other for a few years now, so it's not surprising that our friend Patrick from Strassbourg keeps telling us about the experiences and impressions he's had during his professional paragliding tours around the world.

Ochsenstein Castle near Reinhardsmunster

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Ochsenstein Castle near Reinhardsmunster / Strasbourg

Even today the view from the window shows a blue, cloudless sky and at the breakfast table we can already see the anticipation in Patrick: another wonderful day for paragliding. So breakfast is done quickly, the equipment is already in the vehicle anyway and off you go.

Strasbourg – In the footsteps of the Romans

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Strasbourg – In the footsteps of the Romans

During our stay in Strasbourg, we had already collected some information about the Roman era of Strasbourg due to the visit to the Palais Rohan Museum.

Marseille Commandery – opening of a Templar church?

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Marseille Commandery – opening of a Templar church?

On the way to the port of Marseille via the fortress, we saw the church of St. Laurent and right at the entrance two gentlemen dressed like Templars (although without a sword like the Knights of the Templar Order) received the seemingly few visitors.

Savon de Marseille – the soap makers of Marseille

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Savon de Marseille – the soap makers of Marseille

In France, more precisely in Marseille, there is a so-called purity law that does not apply to beer like in Germany, but also to a very important product: soap made from olive oil.

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