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Do You Know If These Places Are in France or England?
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Western Europe cannot be discussed without the countries of France and England. Ever since William the Conqueror sailed from Normandy to England in 1066, the two powers have been inextricably linked. The divide deepened during the 100 Years War and continued throughout much of early modern history right up to Napoleon. Their relationship solidified as the two countries joined in an alliance to fight Germany in the world wars. With Brexit, it looks like things are about to get another shakeup.
During that history, some pretty neat places sprung up in both countries. France really has it all, from sunny Mediterranean beaches to little Alpine villages. Of course, there is plenty to see in the bustling capital of Paris, home to countless brasseries and museums. England sports many beach towns of its own, as well as sprawling country manors and unique architectural marvels in the capital city of London. Take a look at the Roman ruins, abandoned abbey and natural splendors in this quiz, and see if you can determine whether the places are in England or France.
The Eden Project is two biomes with the world's biggest indoor rain forest.
The Eden Project is a unique site in Cornwall, England. Constructed in 1998, the two large glass domes are built in a clay pit and house Mediterranean and Tropical environments.
The Gherkin is a uniquely shaped neo-futuristic curved glass skyscraper in which country?
Opening in 2004, 30 St. Mary Axe, known colloquially as The Gherkin, is a 41-story building in London. The unique curving glass also contributes to the eco-friendly building's design.
Dating back to ancient Rome, Verulamium contains the ruins of ancient Roman walls and enclaves.
The Roman Empire conquered England and Wales in 43 AD and maintained a presence on the island until 410 AD. Verulamium is a partially excavated town from Roman times with notable ruins, including Watling Street which ran through the ancient city.
The seaside village of Menton is nicknamed "The Pearl of _____."
Menton is a beautiful town on the French-Italian border, not far from the small country of Monaco. It is renowned for its exquisite gardens and the Jean Cocteau Museum.
The White Cliffs of Dover are on the southernmost point of _______.
Inspiring poets and sailors for time immemorial, the White Cliffs of Dover are over 350 feet tall and owe their striking color to chalk and black flint. Dover Castle, the largest in England, has sat on the shores of Dover since William the Conqueror arrived in the 11th century.
Located in the capital, the Latin District is home to students, bars and cafes.
The Bohemian 5th arrondissement of Paris is known as the Latin Quarter. The area got its name because when nearby Sorbonne University was founded in the area in the 12th century, Latin was the language spoken by most university students. This is the place to visit in Paris if you want to visit student cafes and browse the many bookshops.
Multimedia fans flock to Futuroscope, an amusement park that sports unique audio-visual attractions.
Technologists and cinema fans will enjoy visiting Futuroscope in Poitiers, France. The unique leisure park focuses on futuristic audio-visual and cinematic attractions as opposed to traditional rides.
The town of Bath is an old Roman spa retreat.
The city of Bath is a World Heritage site due in large part to the Roman baths named Aquae Sulis built in 60AD. Today, more than 100,000 people live in the city which is located in Somerset County.
The imposing Luxor Obelisk was built in ancient Egypt but now sits in the capital city of which country?
The 75-foot tall Luxor Obelisk is covered in hieroglyphs of Egyptian king Ramses II. Today, the Luxor Obelisk sits at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France.
The Park of the Golden Head is one of the nicest urban parks in this country.
The Park of the Golden Head, aka Parc de la Tête d'or, is a sprawling garden and zoo in Lyon, France. It houses big greenhouses with more than 70,000 plants, including a luxurious rose garden.
Fans of modern art around the world need to make a pilgrimage to the Tate Modern.
The Tate Modern is located in downtown London and is one of four museums in the Tate complex. Its contemporary art collection houses pieces from more than 4,000 artists ranging in style from surrealism to Afrofuturism.
A famous suspension bridge carries cars and pedestrians over the Avon Gorge in this country.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a 1,352-foot long bridge spanning the Avon Gorge and River in Bristol, England. The bridge opened in 1864 and was one of the wonders of the Victorian world upon opening.
The Canal Saint-Martin winds through the streets of which country's capital city?
The Canal Saint-Martin is a famous man-made waterway in Paris that connects the Seine River to another canal. It is almost 3 miles long and contains nine locks, some underground and some above ground. The canal is a fixture of Parisian culture.
Which country houses the Palace of the Popes?
The Palace of the Popes is one of the foremost examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Built during the early 14th century in the city of Avignon, France, Pope Benedict XII ordered its construction when the papacy moved from Rome to France.
The Larmer Tree Gardens are a public works project from the end of the 19th century.
General Augustus Pitt Rivers opened the lush Larmer Tree Gardens at the height of the Victorian era, contributing to the culture of tranquil leisure and reflection. The famed public space is brimming with rhododendrons and a number of quaint buildings.
Hadrian's Wall is a defensive fortification in the northeast of which country?
Named after Roman Emperor Hadrian, this wall stretched from the east to the west coast of England, providing a defensive fortification for the Roman legionaries. A second wall, called Antonine Wall, was constructed even further north in 142 AD.
The town of Strasbourg is famous for romantic half-timbered buildings along waterways in what country?
Strasbourg is in the Alsace region of France, along the border with Germany. It is home to plenty of great Gothic architecture and the black and white timbered houses of the Rhineland.
Trafalgar Square is a major public square in the central area of what country's capital?
Trafalgar Square is a large public space in Central London. The gathering space, which is used for celebrations and protests, is named after a resounding British naval victory against Napoleon's fleet in 1805.
Arles sports an impressive Roman Ampitheatre.
Arles is a city located in the south of France that is known for its classical architecture dating back to the days of Julius Caesar. Vincent van Gogh's famous "Cafe Terrace at Night" was inspired by his time in the city.
Which country has cave paintings that are more than 20,000 years old?
The Lascaux cave paintings are located in the Vezere Valley in southwest France. The spellbinding drawings depict a sophisticated representation of animals as seen by someone in the Paleolithic era.
Where is the unique Museum of Miniatures and Cinema located?
Located in the heart of Vieux Lyon, this eccentric museum is a collection of both miniature items and cinematic artifacts. The detailed minature scenes include recreations pf tiny urban areas and movie sets.
The Netley Abbey is considered the quintessential architecture of Cistercian monks.
The ruins of the Medieval Netley Abbey are the inspiration for many ghost stories and romantic poems. The Cistercian order of monks built the structure in the 13th century and it remains one of the best-preserved buildings of its kind.
Ghost hunters would do anything for a chance to explore the haunted Llandoger Trow pub.
Built in 1664, the Llandoger Trow pub in Bristol, England, is rumored to be home to 15 different ghosts. The spooky drinking spot is also the inspiration for the novel, "Robinson Crusoe."
The small town of Dole sits on the precipice of a large forest.
Wine lovers know the Jura region for its pinot noir, but it is also home to the charming town of Dole. The town is perfect for those looking for a picturesque old-fashioned town located in nature.
Which country has the most extensive Roman aqueducts in the south?
The Pont du Gard is an engineering feat for the ages constructed by the Roman Empire to try to get clean drinking and bathing water into their colony at Nimes. The winding bridge and aqueduct winds around mountains and crosses valleys.
The Silverstone Circuit is which country's Formula 1 circuit?
The legendary Silverstone Circuit is the home of the British Grand Prix and English motorsports. The track has hosted the Grand Prix since 1948. That race was won by Luigi Villores who was driving for Maserati.
Considered one of the greatest urban gardens in the world, The Luxembourg Gardens are in which country?
Luxembourg Gardens, or Le Jardin du Luxembourg, is in the heart of Paris at the Luxembourg Palace. Built in the early 17th century by Marie de' Medici, the promenades and pool provide nice green spaces for strolling Parisians.
The Rotonde Cafe counted many famous painters and writers among its clientele during the early 20th century.
The famed French brasserie, Le Café de la Rotonde, is the kind of spot you'd read about in Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises." The legendary haunt has been around since 1911 and was a favorite spot of Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera.
Highclere Castle is a stately country home that typifies aristocratic lifestyle in which country?
The sprawling Highclere Castle is better known to the world as Downton Abbey, as it is the filming location for the popular show. The building is done in a Renaissance Revival style.
The Orange Velodrome has housed Olympic and FIFA World Cup matches in which country?
The Orange Velodrome, AKA the Stade Velodrome, is one of the most storied stadiums in European sports. It has been the home of the Olympique de Marseille football club since 1937 and regularly hosts Rugby World Cup matches.
Thrill-seekers head to the Alton Towers resort and amusement park in _______.
The Alton Towers Resort is a combination of high-flying roller coasters, including the Wicker Man, and a water park. Parents can relax at the spa or play a round of golf.
The Camargue is a river delta brimming with wild birds and horses.
The brilliant Camargue delta, located to the south of Arles, France, is a breathtaking blend of lagoons and marshes, home to many different plants and animals. Its most famous beasts are the white Camargue horses and flocks of flamingos.
The mysterious Stonehenge arrangement is believed to be more than 5,000 years old. Where is it located?
The UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Stonehenge is a Neolithic prehistoric artifact in Wiltshire, England. The impressive stone arrangement is a burial site.
The jet-set crowd likes to unwind at Paloma Beach in _________.
The beautiful Paloma Beach is part of the Cote d'Azur in the French Riviera. Its name comes from Paloma Picasso, whose family spent time there and were large patrons in the region. Her father was, you guessed it, Pablo Picasso.
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