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7 things we learned about France in the latest issue of France Magazine

PUBLISHED: 15:31 02 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:31 02 October 2019

Get your copy of the November 2019 issue of France Magazine now

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From black wine to royal fish, here's what we learned about France while putting together your November issue of FRANCE Magazine

1) Herrings are the catch of the day at a host of Normandy festivals this autumn

If you're a fan of the so-called poisson roi, or king of fish, then you can't miss the Foire aux Harengs in Dieppe this November. Pick up the tasty treat from one of the sizzling stands along the seafront.

Find out which other fishy festivals you should take a trip to on page 25.

The Foire aux Harengs at Dieppe.Pic: CRT Normandie - Jean DecauxThe Foire aux Harengs at Dieppe.Pic: CRT Normandie - Jean Decaux

2) There's a huge Game of Thrones tapestry on display in Bayeux, rather fittingly

Created by a talented team of seamstresses for the Ulster Museum, this fantastic work of art has upped sticks to France's tapestry capital for a temporary exhibition.

GoT fans, you'll need to head to page 26 to get the lowdown.

3) You can sup 'black wine' in this idyllic part of France

Cahors is famous for its 'black wine' - rugged, powerful and often tannic tipples - that are reputed to be the darkest in the world.

Find out more about the gastronomic gems of the Lot on page 68.

Fancy a glass of 'black' wine? Pic:Micha Chodyra/iStock/GettyFancy a glass of 'black' wine? Pic:Micha Chodyra/iStock/Getty

4) The Eiffel Tower's lifts travel a whopping 103,000km a year

That's almost a third of the way to the moon!

Our Paris focus on page 50 is your must-bring guide to the city for any upcoming breaks.

5) There's a sleepy French village that was meant to be saved during the 'end of the world' in 2012.

According to a Mayan prophecy, the world was to end in 2012 - but the tiny village of Bugarach in Aude would be saved!

Enjoy a road trip through Cathar Country on P54.

Bugarach, the mystical village. Pic: Arnolagrange CC BY SA 3.0Bugarach, the mystical village. Pic: Arnolagrange CC BY SA 3.0

6) There's a cycle track that stretches all the way from Paris to Mont Saint-Michel - and it's perfect for exploring en famille

The Veloscenic is a well-signposted, 450km-long route that stretches all the way from the French capital to the Norman icon.

Follow Rudolf Abraham and his daughter Tamara on a family voyage across France by bike on page 44.

7) There are more than 60,000km of Grande Randonnée (GR) footpaths in France

From Corsica's GR20 to Stevenson's Way (GR70) inspired by the author, there are plenty of walks to choose from!

Take a stroll en français with Sophie Gardner-Roberts on page 91.

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