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France - Epcot
If you have been visiting the United Kingdom, cross over the English Channel (known in Epcot as the International Gateway Bridge) into France.
This Showcase shows France from 1870-1910, a period known as La Belle Epoque, the beautiful time.
The park bordering the canal along the right side of the pavilion was inspired by the famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by a French artist.
The landscape strives to reflect springtime in Paris. Street trees along the central boulevard are positioned and pruned to give the illusion of distance. There are lots of planters with pastel mixes of flowers making an impressionistic theme.
The one-tenth replica of the Eiffel Tower was constructed using Gustav Eiffel's original blueprints. Unlike the Eiffel Tower today as it stands in Paris, which has similar colouring to the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Eiffel Tower here is more tan and pinkish. The reason is the France Pavilion here represents the late 1800s and the Eiffel Tower is the same colour it would have been then.
The Palais du Cinema is the home of the 200-degree airborne French travelogue set to classical music. The score of Impressions de France was recorded in London by the National Philharmonic. This was the first motion picture to have its soundtracks recorded digitally and the movie lasts approximately 18 minutes. Scenes from Impressions de France include Normandy, Loire Valley, Cognac, Cannes, Paris, and many more.
There is more choice for dining in France. Chefs de France serves the creations of its three famous owner-chefs: Paul Bocuse, Gaston Lenotre and Roger Verge. Escargot, Coquilles Saint-Jacques, French onion soup, Mediterranean seafood casserole can be enjoyed here
Bistro de Paris, which is located on the 2nd floor above Chefs de France, is the pricier restaurant, this offers delicacies such as pan-seared foie gras, truffles, lobster fricassee, and roasted quail.
We personally have not tried either restaurant although friends of ours speak highly of Chefs de France.
We usually visit Boulangerie Patisserie, which is a wonderful pastry shop. You are sure to get a good smell of the baked goods that is piped out of the shop as you approach it. Apparently although we have never done this, this is a good spot to watch the IllumiNations from.
For the younger members of your family look out for Belle and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast as they have Character Meet and Greets in France.
Serveur Amusant is a comical waiter/juggler who performs 20-minute shows usually Wednesdays to Sundays.
In France before you leave should visit the book shop, art shop and perfume shop as well as enjoying wine tasting in Les Vins De France.
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