Online dictionary of France travel and tourism: Louis Vuitton,Lourdes,Louvre museum,Luxembourg Garden,Lyon

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Louis Vuitton

French words: Louis Vuitton
alternative words: Vuitton
keywords: paris, shop
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explanation: French luxurious luggage designer, Louis Vuitton was born in 1821 in Jura region. He opened the first shop in 1854 in Paris and commercialised top-flat trunks for rich travellers. In 1860, he opened a large factory at Asnières in northern suburb of Paris, in order to respond to increasing demands. His son, Georges Vuitton, who introduced the famous Louis Vuitton's LV monogram in 1896, tried to sell luggage to USA. Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy merged in 1987 to form a huge luxurious product company, LVMH


French words: Lourdes
alternative words: Fountain of Lourdes, Source of Lourdes, Cave of Lourdes
keywords: church, tourist resort, town
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explanation: Located in the south-west of France near Pyrenean mountains, the town of Lourdes is renowned for its miracle fountain where a shepherdess girl, Bernadette Soubirous would meet Virgin Mary in 1858. She was canonized later in 1933 for this miracle. Between March and October, the town is crowded with pilgrims who are seeking healing waters from this source. Lourdes is also well known for a siege of Muslim army retreating from Pointiers by Charlemagne in 732. The population of Lourdes is about 16000.

Louvre museum

French words: Musée du Louvre , Palais du Louvre , Le Louvre
alternative words: Louvre palace, Louvre gallery, Louvre
keywords: castle, human heritage, museum, paris, tourist resort
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explanation: Located on the northern shore of Seine river in Paris, Louvre was built as royal palace by French King, Francois 1st, in 16th century then transformed to a museum in 1793. Since 1983, Grand Louvre plan has begun with the construction of a central glass pyramid and achieved in 1997. With the surface of 160,000 m2, Louvre contains an innumerable collection of world treasures such as Mona Lisa and Venus of Milo.

Luxembourg Garden

French words: Jardin du Luxembourg , Palais du Luxembourg , Sénat
alternative words: Jardin du Luxembourg, Palais du Luxembourg, French Senate
keywords: castle, paris, park
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explanation: Situated between Saint Germain des Pres and Quartier Latin districts, Luxembourg Garden was created in 1612. "Palais du Luxembourg" located inside the garden is a Florence style palace built in 1625 for Queen Marie de Medicis after an assassination of King Henri IV. Napoleon Bonaparte transformed it to French Senate in 1799. Covering 23 hectares, Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the biggest public gardens inside Paris and organizes different activities such as Chess and "Jeu de paume", ancestor of Tennis.


French words: Lyon
keywords: human heritage, tourist resort, town
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explanation: Located at the confluence of Rhone and Saone, Lyon is the 3rd largest town of France. Called Lugdunum, Lyon had been the capital of Gaulle province, presently France of the Roman empire. During the medieval period, Lyon was a prosperous merchant town thanks to fairs and silk industry. During WWII, Lyon was a center of the French resistance. Owning many industries and universities, Lyon is the capital of Rhone-Alpes region and the population is 468000. Old Lyon was enlisted in Unesco world heritage in 1998.

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