Travel is my driving force in life, and although I have had the privilege of visiting 30 countries so far, my heart will always remain in India...
French culture, an age-old symbol of refinement and elegance, brings together art and cuisine. Long and complex, French history holds rich, varied, and ancient traditions that recreate a link with the past through regional nuances. For a very long time, and still today to a certain extent, Paris was a very important cultural crossroads in terms of art and science, welcoming artists and intellectuals from the entire world. In fact, the 'City of Light' still holds the charm of a city that revolves around culture and the arts. You can feel the Bohemian atmosphere as you stroll through the narrow streets or stop to enjoy a warm drink in a café.
Jean Paul Sartre, Honoré de Balzac, Albert Camus, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Molière, Charles Baudelaire, Emile Zola, Marcel Proust, Voltaire.
Delicatessen, Léon, La Haine, Le dîner des cons, Amélie, La Vie en rose, Hiroshima mon amour, Hidden, Jean de Florette, The 400 Blows, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Bout De Souffle, Nikita, Les Visiteurs, La Haine.
In terms of music, France is a lot more eclectic than one might think on first impression. The great classics include George Brassens, Léo Ferré and Serge Gainsbourg among others like Renaud and Rita Mitsouko. France also welcomed a surge of hip hop music in the 90s including some of the most respected groups like NTM, I am and La Rumeur. If you can get your head around the lyrics and the social significance of the afore-mentioned groups, your understanding of France's complex politics and social classes will undoubtedly be a lot clearer. The late 90s also saw the surge of the electro house scene, which was often influenced by the 1970s Euro disco music. Daft Punk, Justice, Stardust and Cassius are bastions of this genre.