Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Worldly Wednesday: France

Pablo Picasso began regularly traveling to Paris, France in 1900 and established permanent residence there is 1904. In 1946, he moved to the south of France and in 1961, he and his wife, Jacqueline Roque moved to Notre-Dame-de-Vie. It was in Mougins, France that Picasso died in 1973. It only seems natural that although Picasso was a Spanish-born artist, we will study France this week since that is where he spent most of his life.

- France is located in Western Europe and shares land borders with Germany, Luxemborg, Belgium, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Andorra.
- National language is French.
- Government is a Republic with a semi-presidential system. Their "Congress" is called Parliament. The current president of France is President Nicolas Sarkozy and he shares his power with the Prime Minister, whom the president appoints. The current Prime Minister is Francois Fillon.
- Currency is the Euro.
- Paris is the capital of France. Other well-known cities include Nice, Lyon, Marseille and Bordeaux.
- And now for the recipes:
French Onion Soup
Quiche Lorraine
Crepes Suzette

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