What can be brought from France
France is the country of Alexander Dumas and Victor Hugo, the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre, chic boutiques and the Cote d’Azur. The homeland of champagne and cognac is famous for its fragrant wines and claims to be the world capital of fine cuisine and the main trendsetter of our planet. Is it any wonder that almost every first tourist tries to bring from France at least a bottle of good wine, blue cheese and a couple of fashionable gizmos? But besides Burgundy wine, cheeses and masterpieces of fashion houses, there are many interesting and unusual souvenirs. Gifts with regional flair Even on the budget trip, you can find a couple of euros for inexpensive trinkets, uniquely associated with France. It can be simple magnets, and postcards with images of Montmartre, the Champs Elysees, Versailles or the Eiffel Tower; and plates, ashtrays, notebooks and other trinkets worth from euros and more. In antique and second-hand shops you can find rare editions of books or old postcards. Tapestries with views of the Arc de Triomphe or Notre Dame de Paris, painted on canvas, wraps for armchairs and beds, pillowcases and so on will definitely remind of France. But in addition to “all-French” souvenirs, it is easy to find souvenirs characteristic of a certain region of the country in every corner of France. On the Cote d’Azur it can be trinkets in the form of cicadas, textiles with traditional Provencal patterns and local poppy seed syrup are brought from Provence. From Marseille, the sea capital of the south of France, many tourists come with ship models and souvenirs in the form of sea vessels. Lyon is famous for its silk, Lille for lace, and Champagne, in addition to champagne named after the region, is widely known for the products of local glassblowers. Cheeses Cheeses are well-quoted among tourists, especially those with mold. The price is about 4 euros. In France, more than half a thousand types of cheese are produced. Camembert and Coeur de Chevre soft fatty cheeses with mold are especially widely known. The first is made from cow’s milk and has a delicate “mushroom” flavor, the second is made from goat’s milk and is slightly acidic. If you don’t like the specific aroma of blue cheese, buy a solid Comte, which tastes more like a Swiss or Russian one. Other known cheese types include Beaufort and Livaro, Pont-l’Evec and Morbier, Cantal and Reblochon, Saint-Necter and Neuchatel, Schaurs and Abondance, Laiol and Epuas, Munster, Saler, Pelardon, Brie, Bleu-d’Auvergne other. Pâtés, sausages and foie gras It is worth taking canned foie gras, even if you still have no idea what it is. Please note that the inscriptions Pate (or Parfait) de foie gras (foie gras paste or parfait foie gras) contain between 50% or 75% foie gras. Foie gras entier – whole foie gras. Historically, foie gras were made from the liver of specially fed geese; currently, duck liver is mainly used to make the product. French and other liver pastes, for example, from chicken or pork liver, make tasty. A lot in the heart of the fine cuisine of the world and a variety of sausages. This is the famous Andouillette from the provinces of Champagne, Artois, Picardy, also made in Lyon and Flanders from pork (sometimes calf or cow) intestines. And Savoyan dry-cured sausages in assortment: from horsemeat with juniper, from pork with tom or beef, walnut or hazelnut and many others. Alcohol Do you think that the most exquisite French wines are made in Bordeaux? Perhaps, but in the “wine” affairs “everything is for everybody.” There are many wine regions in France and each of them can offer something to the enophile tourist. But in addition to fine wines in the country of the Eiffel Tower and high fashion, there are a lot of original alcoholic drinks, including cognac from Charente (Cognac is a Charente city and district) and champagne wines from Champagne. Someone carries a 40-50-degree Chartreuse liquor, someone Genepi – a strong alcoholic tincture with a sweet flavor, infused with Savoy herbs. Both drinks are usually consumed as a digestif or as an additive in tea. A strong tincture on anise Pastiss is popular with tourists. Wines from Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy are widely known. Few people are not familiar with the names “House of Perignon” or “Widow Clicquot.” It is recommended to take wines in the range of 7-15 euros, even if for the first time you hear their name. In this case, the risk of acquiring a low-quality “burda” is minimal, and more expensive wines should be taken only by professional enophiles and gourmets with special taste needs. Pay attention to cognacs, for example, cognac “Edward III” or cognac Meukov. Dijon mustard In Russia, mustard from Sarepta mustard is traditionally popular, which even in Europe has long been called “Russian mustard.” Dijon is made from black mustard with the addition of salt, spices and herbs (thyme, lavender, tarragon), as well as juice from unripe grape berries.