The history of France
In the year 600 BC on France’s Mediterranean coast the Greek and Phoenician traded while the Celts migrated west towards the Rhine valley. They later settled in a place called Gaul. Julius Caesar conquered part of it in the years 57 to 52 BC, and it remained under their rule until the Western Roman Empire disintegrated into small scale agrarian settlements. Franks invaded in the 5th century, and under the Frankish king Charlamagne there was an interval of territorial consolidation. He later took the title of Holy Roman Emperor, and after his death his three grandsons divided the empire into 3 territories, which are France, Italy, and Germany, we know today.
In the years 1337 and 1453 there was a war between France and England. This was a decade before the Black Death struck. They disputed territorial and dynasty claims which France eventually won with the help of the young Joan of Arc. The English only managed to retain Calais. The Protestantism of John Calvin spread throughout France and led to civil wars in 1540. France was then switched to Catholicism as the established religion due to the Edith of Nantes issued by Henry IV of the bourbon dynasty. This happened in the year 1598. In celebration of French art and architecture, Lous XIV built the palace of Versailles in the years 1643-1715. These were the years of absolute monarchy in France under the Sun king. The Sun king’s marvelous projects and military campaigns led the country to great financial problems in the eighteenth century. This was one of the causes of the French revolution. The noble was living comfortably with the taxes from the citizens at that time. The revolution was from the year 1789 to 1794, and it ended the overuse of the monarchy’s power, closed in on the gap between the non-noble and the noble in the land and land redistribution to accommodate all citizens. Frances first attempt on republican and democracy ended badly with leaders using dictatorship instead of taking care of their people. France experienced the reign of terror on four occasions of the Empire of Napoléon Bonaparte 1804 to 1814, and 3-month restoration in 1815), the Bourbon Restoration (1814 to 1830), the reign of Louis-Philippe (1830 to 1848), and the Second Empire of Napoléon III (1852 to 1870). Under the rule of Napoléon Bonaparte France extended its territory and cultural influence all over Europe. It then suffered defeat at Waterloo in the years 1815 and 1870 in the Franco-Perrusian war, thus ending the rule of Napoleon III. France was also one of the colonisers of Africa. Its reign was second to the one of England.
France was on the victorious side of World War 1 but suffered a great deal of human and material loss. It was later defeated by Germany in World War 2. Nazi troops invaded Paris and Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain signed an armistice and France was then divided into an unoccupied south and occupied north. Unoccupied France, Vichy France was responsible for France’s depreciating resources and the deportation of Jews to Nazi Germany to be used for forced labor. France was then freed from Nazi rule after four years of reign. Together with their allies they established a provisional government headed by Charles de Gulle, who was the war-time leader of free France.
The undisputed French cuisine
The foundation and inspiration for various Western cuisines is typically seen as originating from French cuisine and cookery. The impact and popularity of traditional French culinary methods are legendary. This status is precisely why French food might be hard for a newbie to learn to create in their own kitchen. Many chefs who prepare French cuisine feel pressured to uphold an unachievable standard of grace and flair. The well-known author and later TV personality Julia Child introduced French cuisine to the American audience. Many consider Ms. Child’s renowned cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” to be the height of her culinary prowess and credit it with making traditional French food more approachable for American home chefs.
French people frequently prepare and cook regional cuisine. The French have a true sense of terroir, which explains why rural French cookery is still popular in France. This in no way implies that they are exclusive. They will probably try a variety of regional and national foods while in metropolitan France. This is valid in several cities throughout the world where the populace is multicultural or mixed in ethnicity. French cuisine has a strong regional component. Among the most often used ingredients are fresh apples, berries, haricot verts, leeks, mushrooms, different squash, and stone fruits. All seasons offer plenty of poultry, cattle, lamb, and veal. During the hunting season, which lasts from early October to early spring, game meat is extremely popular and plentiful.
France boasts an abundance of handmade cheese and wine in every area. The dramatic herbs, tomatoes, and olives that Southern French acquires from its nearby Mediterranean neighbors are served with the opulent, subtle tastes of mushrooms and duck. The culinary diversity of northern France is astounding, with a strong emphasis on farmhouse dishes made with apples, dairy, pig, potatoes, sausage, and beer. French cooking is a distinctive cultural experience that combines scrumptious, seasonally appropriate food with elegance, leisure, and careful preparation. It may take a lifetime to perfect the art of making and enjoying French cuisine, but time must stop to fully appreciate its beauty. Consider French food to be an art, a heritage, and a way of life as you explore it, and the best place to get them is in France.
History of French chateaus
During the 13th and 14th centuries in France, a château was considered a castle or fortification built for defense rather than accommodation. As time went by, the term was changed to now refer to any sovereign home, and therefore any rural house with any pretensions. As secular riches grew around the fourteenth century, the restricted manorial system eased up a bit, thus allowing nobles to build much bigger homes with much greater protection from outside enemies and trespassers. Châteaux were built on heights with spectacular views of river valleys, stout walls, tiny windows, and frequently crenelated parapets. The Château de Pierrefonds, which was built in the years 1390 and 1400 is a good example of this style of fortified château. A courtyard with very thick walls surrounded by eight massive towers; machicolations with battlemented walls. The château is reached only via a drawbridge that crosses a moat and lies on a steep bluff above the settlement. Military techniques started changing in the 15th century and that meant that the castles also needed to change. And that brought about a change in the chateau’s infrastructure. Château d’Amboise built in the 15th century, Château de Blois built in the 13th century, Château de Chambord built between 1519 and 1547, Château d’Azay-le-Rideau built in 1518 and 1527, and Château de Clemenceau built in 1515 and 1523 are some of the most famous castles in France and are considered exemplary instances of transitional châteaux de Plaisance, all of which maintain some of the traits of medieval castles.
Renovating the Derelict chateau
The amount of work necessary will determine how much it will cost to renovate a French château. For a French Châteaux with an average of 15 bedrooms, the renovation expenses can be low if there are just a few small issues, such as basic repairs like painting and carpeting or furniture repair. If more structural adjustments are required, the price will rise. Even when renovations are finished, it is still feasible to have a fantastic house, but to fully appreciate your chateau at once, it is necessary to prepare carefully. As an illustration, installing curtains instead of doors might provide additional seclusion without reducing natural light. Time and money can be saved by using temporary barriers or walls while permanent ones are being built.
During and after the process of restoring a chateau, suggestions for saving money.
Be aware of your desired spending limit. This is a crucial phase because it will help you establish your parameters and enable you to make decisions that are in line with your financial capabilities, both throughout the remodelling process and after it has been finished. Calculate the amount of money available for labor charges (specifically paying laborers). Many people try to avoid using builders or contractors but completing most of the work yourself may wind up costing more than expected. Consider the budget allocated for purchasing supplies. Look at the typical price of comparable projects in your area if you’re unsure of how much to spend.
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