An Enduring Symbol of France and Its History
The fleur de lis has long been an emblem of the country of France, worn on the shields of its knights and the flags and coats-of-arms of kings for centuries. This unique Worldwide Gifts collectible fridge magnet depicts a medieval French knight in full armor, carrying a shield with the iconic stylized lily. It's a nice souvenir to give as gifts and a unique souvenir from France.
Although the fleur-de-lis or similar stylized flowers have been used as ornamentation in some of the earliest decorative works known to man, it was adopted as the French royal symbol in 1211 by Louis VIII. It is on the French royal coat of arms of Charles V in 1376 who changed the design from a group of multiple fleurs to a group of just three fleur-de-lis. The fleur de lis was also on the French national flag until the French Revolution.
A Few Places You Might Like to Visit in France
If you are planning a vacation to the beautiful country of France, you may be interested in knowing some of the interesting attractions you can enjoy. Of course, if you are going to Paris you simply must go to see the world famous Eiffel Tower, an iconic symbol of the City of Lights and one of the top tourist attractions in all of Europe. Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Palace of Versailles are other important landmarks to include in your itinerary, but if you are looking for some fun and excitement, take the kids to Disneyland Paris.
Wine tasting tours are prevalent in many different areas of the country, especially in Bordeaux and Burgundy. Gastronomes are in a food-lovers' paradise here, enjoying the delights of French cooking from the most elite gourmet restaurants to the quaint roadside bistros.