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      Free things to see and do in the Loire Valley

       
       (Photo courtesy of Paris Greeters)

      Free things to see and do in France

       
      Self Portrait (1918) by Henri Matisse, in the Musée Départemental Henri Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France (Photo courtesy of the Musée Départemental Henri Matisse)

      Art and architecture in France

       
      Vercingetorix throws down his arms at the feet of Julius Caesar (1899) by Lionel Royer. The painting depicts the surrender of the Gallic chieftain after the Battle of Alesia (52 BC). Note that one of the warriors (bottom left) has a torque around his neck. In fact, the torque was reserved only for gods and important members of a royal family. The depiction of Gauls with long hair and mustaches is also called into question today. The horse is a Percheron, although at this time this breed was not in Gaul. In addition, the Gauls rode bareback, but here the horse is saddled and harnessed. The rectangular shield also does not accord with the time when they were mostly oval. (Photo Public Domain)

      From the Gauls to De Gaulle, a brief primer on French history

       
      Most of us have stared at a handy miles-to-kilometers converter right under our noses on our car dashboards (Photo by Unknown)

      The mysteries of the metric system

       
       (Photo by Neville Nel)

      Wine in France