Despite a 6 percent drop the most valuable retail brand in the world remains Walmart. Walmart’s brand value is estimated to be 132 billion dollar, which equals the total value of the 20 most valuable retail brands in Europe.
There are hundreds of types of cheese in a wide range of flavors, textures and forms. Many countries have their own cheese traditions. Sometimes the process of producing cheese is even protected by local laws. The French Roquefort cheese marked the beginning of this type of agricultural legislation. The French indeed love their cheeses and are amongst the highest when it comes to cheese consumption.
It’s the time of the year that people start to make plans for their holiday. What will it be this year? Having some drinking fun in Cancun? Visiting le Louvre in Paris staying in some old hotel in Quartier Latin? Smoking weed in Amsterdam? Losing your wallet to a pickpocket on Barcelona’s Ramblas? Visiting South Africa to spot some wildlife? Of course there are many more popular tourist destinations.
A cathedral is a Christian church that functions as the seat of a bishop. A cathedral is symbolically a ship bearing the people of God through the storms of life. Its impressive size and splendor, the money and talents expended on the building can be seen as honoring God. The taller, the better. However, poor construction have often led to the collapse of what were once the tallest cathedrals.
The French are so proud of their food that they even have a system called appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC). Translated this means ‘controlled designation of origin’. It’s a certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products. As a customer of these products you are guaranteed that the products are from the designated region and it is produced according to several, often severe, standards.
In the northern hemisphere the days are short, in many places it’s freezing hard. It’s tough to start the engine of your car, after you’ve scraped the snow from your windscreen. It’s winter. A good time to take a plane to a tropical island to warm up a bit. But definitely a good time too to have some fun in the snow. Snowboarding, alpine skiing or some cross-country skiing (langlaufen) are all great things to do in the snow. The spots in our next list have everything you would like to do on your winter holiday, including the apres-ski part, which basically comes down to drinking warm alcoholic beverages, such as mulled wine or Glühwein. Many of the destinations are now connected to each other in order to enjoy more slopes, creating the world’s biggest ski areas. Fine, snow guaranteed ski resorts. Here’s a top 10 list of the world’s largest ski areas!
The French have a rich history. And while traveling through France one could easily spot those artefacts of medieval times in the landscape. The majority of castles is located in the northern part of France, especially along the riverside of the Loire, one of the main rivers in France. But there are many more to find throughout this beautiful country. If you’re looking for a romantic place to stay, then check our top 10 castles of France!
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Imagine a summer afternoon cruising the southern parts of France, the sun is shining, windows are opened, the wind is blowing. You pass sleepy villages, where dogs are lying lazy on the shady side of ‘le trottoir’. It’s a way to spend your holiday, at least for some of us. You can either dream away behind your steering wheel or you can spice the feeling of France with the next Top 10 list of famous French singers…
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