Around France

What’s the first thing you think of when you say France? Frogs, snails (ślimaki), the Eiffel Tower, wine and of course… fashion and art!

France is one of the most famous countries in the world. Why? Their food is fantastic (sometimes strange: frog legs or snail). The language is beautiful, although (chociaż) very difficult. A romantic atmosphere is always in the air, especially in Paris, and don’t forget about their rich history and people such as Joan of Arc and Napoleon Bonaparte.

France is also famous for its art and film industry (przemysł filmowy) and you mustn’t forget fashion. France is a hotbed for trends and designers (projektanci), right next to Italy. Paris is the place where many designers create their collections. One of them was Gabrielle Bonheur ”Coco” Chanel – the most important figure in the history of 20th century fashion. She was born in 1883 and died in 1971. She was one of the greatest and most successful fashion designers in the whole world. In 1921, Chanel No. 5 perfume was introduced. It was a favourite perfume of Marilyn Monroe. Nowadays a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is sold every 30 seconds.

Coco Chanel popularized a typical, worldwide known Chanel suit and the little black dress. Although black dresses existed (istniały) before Coco Chanel, the ones she designed are said to create a fashion standard. Chanel’s clothes are always simple and comfortable but elegant.


You should know that!
The Eiffel Tower is an iron tower located in Paris, France. It was named after its designer Gustave Eiffel. This 324-metre high construction was built between 1887 and 1889. The tower is now the fifth-tallest structure in France and the tallest structure in Paris.

Did you know?
The Louvre Museum in Paris, France is the most visited and one of the oldest, largest and most famous art galleries and museums in the world.
In the past the building was a royal palace and now it’s famous for holding the world’s most beautiful works of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s ”Mona Lisa”, Delacroix’s ”Liberty Leading the People” and Alexandros of Antioch’s ”Venus de Milo”.
The Louvre has inspired many books and films. One of the most famous is Dan Brown’s ”The Da Vinci Code” and its 2006 film adaptation.


Zadecyduj, czy poniższe zdania są prawdziwe (true), czy fałszywe (false).

1 Coco Chanel was German. TRUE FALSE
2 Chanel designed her clothes in the 19th century. TRUE FALSE
3 Chanel No. 5 is the most popular suit by Chanel. TRUE FALSE
4 Chanel is one of the most popular fashion houses in the world. TRUE FALSE
5 Chanel made the little black dress very popular. TRUE FALSE

1f; 2f; 3f; 4t; 5t.