Quiz! March 2022

20 Questions on France and bikes and wine and food and all the good stuff! Answers underneath - no cheating! Let us know how you get on!


1. What grape is used for all red Burgundy wines? 

2. Which King of the Franks became the first Holy Roman Emperor in 800AD? 

3. What is the prefecture and chief city of the French department of Corsica?

4. Which French footballer with an alliterative name won both the World and European nations cup and subsequently became manager of Real Madrid?

5. Who painted "A Bar at the Folies Bergères (below)?

folies french cycling

6. Which French cyclist, nicknamed Le Blaireau (The Badger) won the Tour de France 5 times, the Giro d'Italia 3 times, and the Vuelta a Espana twice?

7. What is the name of the Alpine dish where cheese is heated on a special machine then, when melted, scraped off to accompany charcuterie, vegetables and boiled potatoes?

8. In which city is the Café de Nuit, subject of one of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous paintings? 

cafe de nuit france bike tour 

9. The film A Bout de Souffle directed by Jean-Luc Godard starring Jean-Paul Belmondo was remade in English in 1983 starring Richard Gere. What was its title, shared with a Jerry Lee Lewis song?

10. Which iconic car introduced in 1948 was designed to bring affordable motoring to France's rural communities and as such featured suspension which would enable it to drive across a ploughed field?

11. The liqueur Chambord, which is produced a few kilometers from the château of the same name, is produced from which fruit?

12. Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. make up which enigmatic French electro-pop band?

french biking daft punk

13: Which river has tributaries including the Saône, Durance, Gardon and Nesque?

14: Which French word means the mechanism used to shift the chain between gears on a bicycle? 

15: Who wrote this piece of music?:


16: Which French brothers invented the hot-air balloon (and give their name to the French word for hot-air balloon)?

17: Which shade of dark pink/purple/red is named after the 1859 battle in the Second Italian War of Independence won by Napoleon III?

18: The famous south west France dish called Cassoulet, comprising haricot beans and various different meats, comes traditionally in 3 variants; Toulouse and Castelnaudary are two; what is the third, named for the walled medieval city on the Canal du Midi?

19: Which Parisian singer's hit Je T'aime (Moi Non Plus) was banned by the BBC for being too sexually explicit? 

20: Which race track in Western France features in the titles of 2 films, the first in 1971 starring Steve McQueen and the second in 2019 starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale? 

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1: Pinot Noir 

2: Charlemagne

3: Ajaccio

4: Zinedine Zidane

5: Edouard Manet

6: Bernard Hinault

7: Raclette

raclette cycling in france

8: Arles - if you want to visit this café  yourself, join us on the Roman Heritage tour!

9: Breathless

10: Citroen 2CV

2cv provence cycling

11: Raspberries (specifically black raspberries)

12: Daft Punk

13: The Rhône (which runs through the heart of our Provence and Burgundy tours!)

14: Derailleur (usually prononced "de-rail-ee-ur" in English!)

15: Camille Saint-Saens (The piece is "Fossils" from Carnival of the Animals)

16: Montgolfier

17: Magenta

18: Carcassonne, the final stop on our Mediterranean Coast tour!

carcassonne cycling vacation

19: Serge Gainsbourg (with Jane Birkin)

20: Le Mans

How did you do?? Let us know by e-mail  and if you thought it was too hard or too easy, and we'll put another one up next month!