The French enjoy 11 national holidays and 5 weeks of paid vacations annually. This website lists France's public holidays (including Bastille Day, World War II Victory Day, and All Saint's Day). It also highlights the religious holidays celebrated in France, as well as some other celebrations (non-public holidays). For some of the holidays, there is a historical explanation as to how the celebration began. My favorite celebration is Poisson d'avril, France's version of April Fool's Day. On April 1st, the French put paper fish on each other's people's backs as a prank.
From Charles Trenet to Vanessa Paradis and everything in between, here are the French songs of the last 70 years you'll want to listen to over and over again. Buzzfeed does a nice job of collecting of some of the best French songs over the past several decades (listed in chronological order). Many of my personal favorites are on this list, including Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Vanessa Paradis, and Stromae. There is even a link to download the whole playlist on Spotify!
France is well-known for its rich and delicious cuisine. This website is a great resource that lists and describes traditional classic French foods. It also lists the food by region in France that it is popular. For example, in the US, shrimp and grits is a popular Southern food and is not often found in other parts of the country. France has regional food as well and this website does a great job of categorizing the most famous classic dishes by region.
French is often called one of the most beautiful languages in the world. In this video, Geraldine lists ten of the most beautiful sounding French words. As a French-speaker, there were a couple words on this list that were new to me, but I love how the video showcases the rhythm and beauty of the French language.
This video is a short overview of the geography of France. I like this video because it shows some of the regions and major cities, but also includes the mountain ranges, neighboring countries, and bodies of water that surround France (as well as the important rivers located within the country). There is also a brief description of how France's geography has influenced its history over the years.