Throughout its many years of existence, France's culture has undoubtedly spread its wings and impacted Western civilization as we know it today. France is a powerhouse of fashion, music, perfume, literature, fine art, cinema, cuisine and opera. Its great writers, musicians, culinary chefs, philosophers and artists have truly made it one of the great cultural centers of the world. We're talking about Victor Hugo and Voltaire, Claude Monet, Serge Gainsbourg and Paul Cezanne. Gustave Flaubert, Georges Bizet and Edgar Degas. Moliere, Matisse, Renoir, Dumas, Debussy. Jules Verne, Josephine Baker, Emile Zola, Daft Punk and Edith Piaf.
France's museums are some of the finest in the world including the Musee du Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, the Centre Pompidou and Provence's Fondation Maeght. It is home to an impressive 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 85 official moments managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux
and hundreds of astonishingly-beautiful gardens.
And don't make the mistake of confusing Paris with the rest of France; it isn't quite tres chic everywhere! The different regions that compose France boast their own interesting cultural elements. Visitors to France find that Alsace for example shares many cultural similarities with its nearby German neighbor. Picturesque Provence and its quaint villages are very slow-paced. Some isolated destinations, like Lourdes, are sacred pilgrimage sites, and some areas have preserved their ancient cultural heritages; Brittany's Celtic traditions are still very much present as are the Basques and the Catalans of Languedoc-Roussillon.