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Are you getting ready for a trip to Paris? Provence? Normandy? On this podcast we have conversations about France: we share trip reports, chat with tour guides, share tips on French culture, the basics of French history, explain how to be savvy traveler in France, and share our love of French food,…

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    Cruise and Pilgrimage on the Seine River

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022 59:34

    Have you ever thought of doing a river cruise? My guest on this episode of the podcast went on a pilgrimage cruise that took her to Paris, Rouen and Lisieux among other places and it was a great way to enjoy France. She did this with her childhood best friend, leaving husbands and children at home. They had a wonderful time and learned a lot about their French heritage. Let's talk about it! #joinusinfrance A full transcript of this episode is available here: https://joinusinfrance.com/transcript/372/ Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/episode/cruise-and-pilgrimage-on-the-seine-river/ Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    The Paris Bookseller, Episode 371

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 57:38

        Full show notes for this episode are here: Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Keri Maher about her new book The Paris Bookseller. I wanted to talk to Keri because I really enjoyed her book about Shakespeare and Company, the iconic bookstore in Paris. It's a fascinating story as you will see. After the interview you'll hear Annie's personal update and news about travel to France. This podcast is supported by donors and listeners who buy my tours and services, including my very popular itinerary planning service. You can browse all of that at Annie's Boutique. You can follow the show on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter. Another great way to stay in touch with travel and podcast news and with the podcast is to sign up for the newsletter. The Paris Bookseller The Paris Bookseller starts with the story of two women in the early 1900s. They are in love and start an exciting project: open a bookstore for English books in Paris. As their project gets off the ground they rub shoulders with the legends of the Lost Generation: Ernest Hemmingway, Gertrude Stein and the most central of all: James Joyce. Walk the Latin Quarter with the legendary founder of Shakeaspeare & Company, Silvia Beach. Annie was enchanted by the world of the formidable woman who was the force behind the publication of Ulysse's and the amazing cast of characters who surrounded her.   Category: French Culture

    Best Gallo-Roman Sites in France, Episode 370

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 61:40

    Annie's List of Best Gallo-Roman Sites in France Today Pont du Gard Nîmes Arles Périgueux La Turbie Saint Rémy de Provence Orange (especially to see a show in the Roman theater) Cluny Museum and Arènes de Lutèce in Paris This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/episode/best-gallo-roman-sites-in-france/ Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking  

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    The Best of Périgueux, France

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 51:01

    Is Périgueux on your list of places you might like to visit in France? It's indeed a great city with roots into the times of the Roman "occupation" of France and a beautiful Renaissance neighborhood. The area is famous for its gastronomy and pleasant way of life. Let's get the names straight first. Périgueux is in the Périgord, and isn't that a tongue twister for English speakers? But today it's in the department of the Dordogne and the New Aquitaine region, which means it falls under the jurisdiction of Bordeaux for administrative purposes. Long ago the name Périgord covered all the lands that belonged to the counts of Périgord and so you'll find both names to this day: Dordogne and Périgord. The city today is about 65,000 people within city limits and 150,000 if you count all the towns that surround it, so it's a medium size French city. This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/episode/the-best-of-perigueux-france/ Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    How to enjoy the best of Christmas in Paris, Episode 368

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 64:12

    Where should you go to enjoy the best of Christmas in Paris? In this episode of the podcast Annie and Elyse roll out all the best ideas: Streets for Christmas shopping in Paris Christmas markets Christmas concerts Where to attend Christmas Mass How restaurants work on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve What's open on Christmas in Paris and more! More episodes about Christmas in France #joinusinfrance This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/episode/how-to-enjoy-the-best-of-christmas-in-paris Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking  

    What happened during the Terror? Episode 367

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 60:20

    The Terror (1793-1794) is a confusing part of the French Revolution. What happened? What started it? Why? Historian Suzanne Levin explains and gives us the context we need to understand these events. There is a tendency to talk about the Terror as if it was happening in a vacuum, but it was far from that. It's a little bit complicated, but it makes sense once you learn about it. To see the transcript of this episode, go to the show notes. Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking Discussed in this Episode The Terror is a construct [03:27] Repression linked to crisis [03:59] High-profile people were the victims of the repression in this case [07:14] Recalling Deputies who went against their mandates [09:00] Trouble with provincial bourgeoisie [10:19] This was the age of Revolutions and not just in France [11:55] Reforms made in 1793 and 1794 that were ahead of their time [12:59] The Terror was both the height of repression and of the democratic movement [14:02] Who's a Revolutionary and who's a Counter-Revolutionary? [14:47] Mirabeau and the Pantheon [15:33] The inability to be openly against the Revolution [17:10] The legislative branch over the executive branch [22:23] Revolutionary Tribunal [23:47] Representatives on mission [24:34] Arrests begin [26:17] Law of Prairial [27:15] The law of suspects [29:03] Fourty thousand fell during the Terror [30:33] The role and donwfall of Robespierre [33:44] Why was Robbespierre arrested [37:17] Was Robespierre a dictator? [43:42] Why did the legend of the Terror persist? [44:51]

    Misconceptions about the French Revolution, Episode 366

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 62:25

    My guest on this episode of the podcast is historian Suzanne Levin and we discuss common misconceptions about the French Revolution. Questions we tackle about the French Revolution The French Revolution didn't happen in a vacuum. In this episode, let's set the stage for what happened and why. In the "pop history" version of the French Revolution there is a tendency to compress events into ridiculous simplifications such as "one day peasants got angry and started chopping the heads of Royalty, the end." Another version goes a little more in-depth. The way the French Revolution is often taught is that there are 3 moments: 1789 where all the big events happened (Estates General, Tennis Court Oath, Bastille, Women's March on Versailles) Jump four years to 1793 -1794 with Robespierre who made himself a dictator and chopped off the heads of anyone who disagreed with him. Overthrown and a weak government with a military dictatorship. What we're trying to do with this episode is fill in many important details while still keeping an eye on the big picture. A Brief Explainer of the French Revolution In this episode Suzanne Levin sets the stage for the French Revolution, and touches upon all of the following questions. What are the 3 estates and what's at stake for all 3 groups? What did French peasants want? What mattered most to them and how do we know that? Did they king pay any attention to the demands of his people? Is it true that there were vastly different rules depending on where you lived in France? Did each area have its own money and measurement system? What were the different "parlements"? Why were people supposed to represent themselves in criminal court? Did Marie-Antoinette ever say "let them eat cake"? When they wrote the first Constitution a major question was the role of the king. Was he supposed to get a large stipend? A cabinet? Veto power? Would Louis XVI accept a role as a constitutional monarch? Why did the king and most aristocrats not accept even moderate reforms? Was this a peasant Revolution or a Parisian Revolution? What was the worst decision Louis XVI made? What made people wonder if we needed a king at all? What was the role of the émigrés? Why did the revolutionaries declare war on Austria? What was Lafayette's role in all of this? What about the clergy? Why didn't the king just default on the debt? Why was the church so rich in France? We end this first part of our conversation on how France now has foreign wars, civil war and an Assembly who wants a way to retaliate. They want to punish  generals who help the enemy rather than obey orders, put an end to all the corruption scandals, etc. More episodes about French history   Full show notes for this episode are here: Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Josephine Baker enters the Pantheon in Paris, Episode 365

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 60:54

    Josephine Baker, performer, entrepreneur, mother and war heroine was a force to reckon with. She rose from poverty in America into fame and success by the time she was in her mid-20s in France. On this episode of the podcast, Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin talk about her amazing life and why you should visit the Château des Milandes in the Dordogne where she lived for 20 years. We also discuss the reason why it's so significant that she's entering the Pantheon today. This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/365 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    A Month in France on a Budget, Episode 364

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 70:48

    In this episode of the podcast, Annie Sargent talks to Heidi Hunter about her month in France on a budget. Most of us limit expenses by having shorter vacations. But Heidi and her husband stayed for a month and visited Paris, Nice, Marseille, Annecy, Lyon and Strasbourg! They also went to the Mont-Saint-Michel as a day trip from Paris, to Eze and Colmar on the train. How did they do all that on a budget? Click play and listen to Heidi explain. They started their trip in Paris and worked their way around the country: Nice, Marseille, Annecy, Strasbourg. Their main cost-cutting decision was to stay at hostels and pensions instead of hotels. In Paris they wanted to stay in a central location so they splurged for a hotel. However, there is a very good hostel in central Paris that Annie recommends from personal experience. This is where you need to go to get your Pass Sanitaire starting in November 2021 Hostels and Budget Hotels Recommended in this Episode In hostels sometimes you have to share a bathroom, sometimes there are no elevators. But, often they have other amenities that make up for those inconveniences: hostels often have a kitchen and laundry facilities. Bedrooms are smaller in hostels than in hotels (although in Paris that's not always true). With hostels it is best to book in advance because the best ones get booked up. Hostels are not just for young people. Heidi and her husband are in their mid-40s and they weren't the only ones in that age-range. What makes hostels great is that you talk to the other visitors which people typically don't do at hotels, especially the fancy ones. There are usually kitchens in hostels and when people use a kitchen together they usually talk and get to know each other. French people of all walks of life and all ages stay at hostels when they go on choir trips or family trips where they need to keep the cost down. Budget Hotels in Paris Annie recommends Hôtel Marignan in the Latin Quarter near Notre Dame de Paris.  Book 6 months + in advance, this is a popular hôtel/hostel! In Paris Heidi stayed at the Hôtel des Grands Hommes  near the Pantheon, a great location and a great value. Budget Hotel in Annecy Guest VIP Annecy Lake was really nice because their room had its own little kitchen. They were able to shop just like a local, make their own breakfast and meals which feels great after you've been on the road for a while. Hostel in Lyon Away Hostel and Coffee Shop. This was a nice place and Lyon was a fun city. They particularly liked the Traboules and the Museum of Cinema and Miniatures. Hostel in Strasbourg In Strasbourg they stayed at Ciarus for 5 nights. It was a great location and a good hostel. The Rooster and Hen are on Rue de la Nuée Bleu in Strasbourg and you can see them going off at noon every day.     Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/364 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Lafayette, the Hermione and the Arsenal of Rochefort, Episode 363

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 58:14

    Today's episode with Elyse Rivin is all about Lafayette, the Hermione and the arsenal of Rochefort in the West of France. The newest way to get a Passe Sanitaire for visitors to France is outlined in this document. More about this on Annie's newsletter. The permanent home of the Hermione is in Rochefort, at the Arsenal de Rochefort 35 miles south of La Rochelle. There is also a lovely resort town on the Atlantic called Royan nearby. The town of Rochefort is similar in style to La Rochelle, but it was built from scratch to be an arsenal town by Louis XIV. It soon became very important strategically. #joinusinfrance #podcast #rochefort #hermione #history #france Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/363 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Retracing the Steps of a WW1 soldier, Episode 362

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 53:24

    Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Dan Funsch about his trip to France around the theme of WW1. On this occasion, Dan wanted to retrace the steps a WW1 soldier who is very special to him because he was his grandfather.  He had well annotated photos of his grandfather in various places and wanted to see them himself. We also discuss what Dan learned about doing family research in France, Joan of Arc,  and spending Bastille Day in Paris. About Retracing the Steps of a WW1 Soldier Dan went to several places to retrace his grandfather's journey during WW1. Our conversation will take us to Reims, several places in the Marne and Bas-Rhin departments, Strasbourg and Paris. Lots of people have relatives who served in France both during WWI and WW2 and retracing their footsteps is a wonderful way to learn about history and honor their memory. After the interview I'll update you on the newest way to get a Passe Sanitaire for visitors to France as outlined in this document. Discussed in this Episode Reims Valmy Sainte-Menehould Brizeau Passavant Beaulieu Varennes-en-Argonne Fleury-devant-Douamont Simone Veil American WWI Meuse Argonne Cemetery at Montfaucon La Petite Pierre in the Vosges Logis Hôtel Des Vosges (Famille Wehrung) Domremy-la-Pucelle Spending Bastille Day in Paris Full show notes for this episode Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking  

    Anniversary in Paris and Provence, Episode 361

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 63:56

    Are you thinking about celebrating your anniversary in Paris or maybe in Provence? You must listen to this episode with Brianne Cunningham who enjoyed a wonderful anniversary in both Paris and Provence! They packed a lot in in those few days! Do you think you could do that much in 10 days? Brianne is an elementary teacher who keeps a blog about her travels and passions. On this Anniversary trip they were in Paris for 4 days and went to Provence for 4 days and the Riviera for 2 days. This was their first trip to France (and to Europe as well) and it was wonderful as you can hear if you click play. In Provence rented a car and their home-base was in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence at a lovely hotel. She wishes they had spend more time in Saint-Rémy but they often got back after everything had closed. In Paris they stayed at this hotel in Saint Germain des Prés. They loved the location and though it was appropriate for an anniversary. For their anniversary dinner they ate at Les Ombres and it was a great choice because the food is nice and you can go on the patio for the view on the Eiffel tower. They got to see it sparkle, and they lingered for a long-time, it was a special occasion that we can call anniversary-perfect! Discussed in this Episode Avignon Pernes Les Fontaines Isle Sur La Sorgue Fontaine de Vaucluse Uzes & Pont du Gard Saint Remy de Provence Gordes Senanque Abbey Moustiers Sainte Marie Gorges du Verdon Rousillon Menerbes Bonnieux Lourmarin Cassis Grimaud Saint Tropez Antibes Cap d'Antibes Eze Saint Jean Cap Ferrat Saint Paul de Vence  Musee d'Orsay Arc de Triomphe Bateaux Parisien Seine Cruise Les Ombres Anniversary dinner Tuileries Garden Musee de l'Orangerie Ile de la Cite Sainte Chapelle Notre Dame Ile Saint-Louis (Berthillon) Rue Cremieux Breizh Cafe Picasso Museum Eiffel Tower Les Antiquaires Louvre Bouquinistes Shakespeare & Company Odette Catacombs O Chateau Champs Elysees Louvre & Seine at night Marche aux Puces Hardware Societe Place du Tertre Sacre Coeur Cocorico restaurant Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/361 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    FIXED 16 Differences Between a Traveler and a Tourist, Episode 360

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 62:29

    What's the difference between a traveler and a tourist? In this episode of the podcast we discuss 16 tips to make your vacation better and how you can become a better traveler. You don't need to be fluent in French and you don't need to spend months in France before you can feel like you belong there, but you do have to try a few things. Let's talk about it! #joinusinfrance #tourism #france #belonging Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/episode/16-differences-between-a-traveler-and-a-tourist/ Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    16 Differences Between a Traveler and a Tourist, Episode 360

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 62:29

    What's the difference between a traveler and a tourist? In this episode of the podcast we discuss 16 tips to make your vacation better and how you can become a better traveler. You don't need to be fluent in French and you don't need to spend months in France before you can feel like you belong there, but you do have to try a few things. Let's talk about it! #joinusinfrance #tourism #france #belonging Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/360 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    The Martyred Village of Oradour-sur-Glane, Episode 359

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 65:09

    This episode recounts the history of the martyred village of Oradour-sur-Glane near Limoges. What happened? Do we know why? We like to think things like that can never happen again because the Second World War is far behind us now. But it's never a given and there are senseless massacres going on today still. Let's talk about it and why parents and leaders should never teach hate #joinusinfrance #WW2 #podcast This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/359 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    First Time in Paris Trip Report, Episode 358

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 67:09

    For this first time in Paris trip report, Annie Sargent talks to Joni and Steve Goldin. They had booked an itinerary review with Annie, so they were better prepared than most. But they still made a few minor mistakes as we discuss. Annie was a guest on the podcast FranceFormation, a show for people who want to move to France. Take a listen! Hotel Recommendation They chose the Da Vinci Hotel. A little boutique hotel in Saint Germain on Rue des Saint Pères that they recommend. Generally they went back to their hotel in the middle of the day to rest up a little which allowed them to stay up later and eat later. This is a good strategy if your hotel (like theirs) is centrally located. Annie's VoiceMap Tours they Took Ile de la Cité on their first day, Saint Germain des Prés a few days later and Montmartre towards the end. Podcast listeners can buy these tours at an amazing low price here. Restaurant Recommendations Les Antiquaires, great Parisian café for sitting outside and people-watching. La Place Royale on Place des Vosges. Bouillon Racine on rue Racine. Robert & Louise in the Marais (Joni loved the honey roasted duck breast) Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/358 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Famous Painters in Nice, Episode 357

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 68:21

    There were always at least a few dozen famous painters in Nice on the French Riviera in the 1900s. Today Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin talk about three of them in some detail: Matisse, Chagall and Yves Klein. Why did they love Provence so much? Was it because painters and photographers are always in search of great light? Whatever the reason, painting on the French Riviera and Provence in general was really popular. Click on Show Notes below to read Elyse's complete historical outline. Visit our Instagram account to see Annie's photos of Chagall, Matisse, and the MAMAC. Useful link: the price of a taxi between the airport and Paris city center. Discussed in this Episode The School of Nice Matisse Chagall Musée Matisse in Nice Musée National Marc Chagall Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de Nice (MAMAC) Musée Massena The French expression "yakafokon" Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/357 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Moving to France with Children, Episode 356

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 70:38

    Moving internationally can really difficult for children but is it worth it? Will the kids adjust to their new life in France? How long does it take to learn French for kids? What are some things parents can do to make the process easier? Annie's daughter, Marianne moved to France at age 7 shares her experience adjusting to France in this episode of the podcast. Discussed in this Episode What was it like moving to France as a 7 year-old? Starting school in France with zero French Some differences between American and French school How long does it take to get comfortable with the new routine and new language? How did French children react to the new American kid? The nature of school in France: very serious and too competitive Doing activities in English like Girl Guides How to maintain reading and writing skills in English while learning French The mandate to take English at school even though the child is already fluent in English Doing sports and after school activities in France Grades in French schools Graduating from College in France The cost of studying in France International students in France Part time jobs for students in France Full show notes for this episode Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking  

    Not to Miss in Bergerac and Monbazillac, Episode 355

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 64:32

    Do you love medieval streets, beautiful literature and sweet wine? Then it's possible you're destined to visit Bergerac and Monbazillac! This episode of the podcast is full of our recommendations for a fun week-end in French wine country. Press play and get ready for some fun in the southwest of France! Bergerac and Monbazillac are neighboring towns in the Dordogne department and an area called Perigord Pourpre (Purple Périgord). The Dordogne is part of the Aquitaine Region. The historical center of Bergerac is pretty small, but if you're going to visit Monbazillac as well, you'll need one or two nights. Hotel Recommendation Annie and her husband stayed at the Hotel de France, a short walk away from the medieval city center. It was easy to park, an easy walk to all the restaurants, the bed was comfortable, breakfast was great. A nice value for the price. What to Do in Bergerac Walk around the historical city center. If you just drive around Bergerac you won't find it all that special. You have to park and go into the medieval pedestrian streets. Go to the tourist office. It's right by the river in a lovely area. The tourist office often hosts local wine makers who will ask your questions and do a mini wine tasting. The one who was there that day was very friendly and knowledgeable. Rent a bike at the tourist office to ride along the Dordogne river, it's lovely. Take a boat ride in a Gabarre. There are lots of birds on the banks of the Dordogne because they keep the river as wild as possible. You should go to Monbazillar because it's not far at all. The wine tasting was nice but they only do it at set times. Otherwise you can proceed to the wine store where you can taste and buy. Monflanquin and Villeréal are about half an hour away, both worth a stop. You could also visit the nearby village of Yemet that French people in the area call "the English village" because there are so many British people who live there. A Brief History of Bergerac Elyse gives a great summary of the history of this area. Her explanation starts around 25 minutes into our conversation. You can also read her notes by clicking on Show Notes below. But for the purposes of this summary let's just say this. Bergerac was generally a wealthy area because of its wines and agricultural production. It was raided many times and recovered. Much later it became a stronghold of Protestantism who chased the Catholics away. The chateau of Monbazillac went back and forth between the two denominations causing much loss of life and emotional turmoil. Cyrano de Bergerac Once upon a time (in 1897) there was a young playwright who had one play performed in Paris. He was poor and desperately wanted to find more success. This was the time when dramatic realism was taking hold in the art world. Popular plays were dark and full of tortured souls. Edmond Rostand didn't want to make a burlesque play or a somber play. Rostand was a romantic and going through a terrible bout of depression himself. That's when he remembered reading about a poet called Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac in the 1600s. This man had been rejected by his lover and had spent his life trying to get her attention. Edmond Rostand made the story better and he wrote the play in alexendrin. Everyone said it would be a total failure, but Rostand had persuaded a great actor to premiere it and it's been a huge hit ever since. Intro for the episode This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking  

    What's Special About Moissac, France? Episode 354

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 64:47

    Moissac is "only" a minor city in the southwest of France, but if you're interested in the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage or the churches connected to it, you must make it one of your stops! In this episode of the podcast, tour guide Elyse Rivin explains how Moissac became so prominent, how it is a Unesco World Heritage Site and a great place to visit today! #joinusinfrance #unesco #camino Discussed in this Episode Saint Jacques de Compostelle The largest library in France and a major scriptorium The golden age of Moissac Moissac during the war against the Cathar heresy Moissac during the French Revolution The Abbey of Moissac becoming a historic monument Moissac protecting Jewish children during WW2 Visiting the abbey today: the remarkable architecture of the doorway Church and cloister The cloister of Moissac: the first capitals that tell stories Walk around the capitals with the list in hand The romanesque doorway The tympanum of the Moissac cathedral A gothic church in the south of France Visiting Moissac and local gastronomy How life in France can resume thanks to the French Health Pass New travel rules are implemented in September 2021 but vaccinated visitors still welcome in France This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/354 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Back to Paris at Last! Episode 353

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 64:57

    In this episode of the podcast, Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Scott Toporek who went back to Paris at last! This trip was supposed to happen in 2020, but didn't happen because of the pandemic. They came back in August 2021 instead. They had air vouchers they could use up and a week of vacation, so they thought why not? Scott has been to Paris 5 or 6 times before, although never before in August. He knew what he wanted to do and see and he was in a position to compare Paris pre-pandemic to what he experienced this time. We talk about his favorite spots in Paris, but we also go into details about what it's like visiting Paris while this pandemic still drags on. Some of you aren't ready to leave the safety of home yet, some have plans to come soon. As you'll hear in this episode, Paris isn't scary. If you are subscribed to the Join Us in France Newsletter, you've read Annie's advice about getting the French Health Pass and what the recent European Directive means for you.  As a recap, this is the link visitors need to apply for the French Health Pass. The process is different for students coming to a university in France. Discussed in this Episode What Is Paris Like in 2021? La Samaritaine Mask Compliance in Paris Will I Test Negative Before I Return Home? The Carnavalet Museum The Parvis de Notre Dame is still not fully open to the public Classic restaurants in Paris L'Escargot de Montorgeuil La Rotonde Le Train Bleu Chez Dumonet Chez Janou Poilâne bread How to get a nice shot of the Eiffel Tower A great walk in Paris A favorite spot on the Île Saint Louis: Place Louis Aragon Pay attention to the details on your Covid test Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/353 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    A Visit to the Chateau de Chantilly, Episode 351

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 79:27

    On this episode of the podcast, Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin talk about their visit to the Chateau de Chantilly. You can visit the chateau of Chantilly on a day trip from Paris by train and have a great time in the countryside! The Chateau de Chantilly has a long history, an amazing art collection, beautiful stables and horses, and it's a favorite for weddings and events. Click play to see why you might want to go yourself! If you're ready to venture out of Paris and learn about French history, this episode is for you! A Few Gotchas About the Chateau de Chantilly When you are looking for a ticket to Chantilly, go the "Grandes Lignes" machines. Because the train that goes to Chantilly goes all the way to Amiens, it's not a regional train but a train that changes regions. Don't get on the city bus that says "Chateau de Chantilly" because it will take you a long way around. There is a tourist bus that picks up visitors, but we're not sure what the schedule is. It's only about a mile on flat terrain to walk to the chateau, it's probably best to hoof it. Renting a bicycle would be a great way to visit. You can arrange that here or here. There are probably more, these are a couple of the first results on Google. There are horse shows, but it looks like the shows are only in the evening. This is a great place to bring a picnic and there is a bathroom in the horse museum. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/352 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking    

    Tips for Buying a New Condo in France

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021 57:57

    Have you ever thought about buying a new condo or house in France? My guest on this episode bought a new town home in Provence and a new studio in Paris. She bought them from plan because it was a great deal and she wanted a place of her own in France. In this episode she breaks down the process and shares why she's happy she did it! Buying New Constructions in France I know that many of you hope to move to France someday, so today I bring you a conversation with Maria Trenzado about buying a brand new apartment or single-family home in France. She's bought two apartments from plans in the past. She's heard me talk to different people about buying existing homes, and she thought hey wait a minute! She explains what is it like buying a brand new condo in France. How she went about it, the advantages, what should you be on the look-out for, all that good stuff. Make sure to check out the guest notes for details we didn't necessarily cover during our conversation. In the first quarter of 2021 developers sold more than 30,000 new dwellings in France, this is a popular option for French people because we're not all cut-out for an old house and a renovation project. You'll find links to a few of the big players in the new construction space in France in the show notes joinusinfrance.com/351. After the interview I'll update you the pandemic and how things are progressing in France. Consider These Providers If you're hoping to find new constructions in France here are a few of the biggest players in the new construction space: Vinci Immobilier Nexity Bouygues Prix Maison French Estate Agents Leggett Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/351 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Travel to France in Covid Times

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 73:06

    Are you eager to go back to Paris but the latest wave of the pandemic is holding you back? My guest on today's episode of the podcast, Whitney Szypula, certainly didn't let the pandemic stop her. She got vaccinated and made a plan to come immediately. But what is it like to travel to France in Covid times? Did it feel risky? Are there restrictions? What are they like? Is it even worth it? What happens if you don't wear a mask in the Paris metro? Americans were welcome back in France on June 9th, 2021 and she landed on June 10th! This is the first day Americans were allowed to enter France after several bouts of covid-related lock-downs. Whitney was in France for 3 weeks with her partner who is French. They explored Paris together and then went to visit Provence and Savoie where he lives. She shares some wonderful suggestion Let's talk about it! Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/350 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    The Liberation of the Mediterranean in 1944

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 64:59

    This is Join Us in France Episode 349.  Bonjour, I'm Annie Sargent and Join Us in France is the podcast where we look around France so you can best enjoy France as a destination. We talk about places you might want to visit in France, French news that relate to travel, French culture, history, gastronomy, and everything it takes to have a great time in France. Today I bring you a conversation with Elyse Rivin about the liberation of the Mediterranean in 1944. We've talked about the incredible feats of valor surrounding the liberation of France via Normandy, but that was only part of the job. Lots of Allied troops participated in the liberation of Algeria, Corsica and Provence all around the Mediterranean. And, unlike Normandy, 50% of the troops who participated were French. But the liberation of the Mediterranean wasn't only done by French soldiers! I bet some of you have relatives who fought in those battles and they rarely get acknowledged because all we ever talk about is Normandy. Aug 15th marks the 77th anniversary of the landing of Allied troops in Provence and it's an amazing story that Elyse and I will share with you now. This time the France travel update on how to get your health pass and QR code is at the beginning of my discussion with Elyse and not after the interview. Stay tuned for that. If you like what we do here at Join Us in France, consider supporting us by visiting Annie's boutique to check out my cookbook Join Us at the Table, my self-guided VoiceMap tours and my services such as my itinerary review where I help you craft the best vacation in France specifically for YOU. This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Remember that there were 3 major military operations to push back Germans in the  Mediterranean: Operation Torch (North Africa November 1942) Operation Vésuve (Corsica October 1943) Anvil Dragoon (Provence August 1944) German Bunkers you can see in Provence: Blockhaus des Goudes Bunker Faben (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat) Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/349 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Montauban in Occitanie, Episode 348

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 71:21

    Are you thinking about making a stop in the city of Montauban in Occitanie? Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin visit Montauban today and share their insights about this town in the southwest of France. Montauban is a city with lots of history and some recent controversy. Should you put it on your list? It's definitely off the beaten track and that's a plus to many people. Take a listen to decide for yourself if you'd like to check it out! If you have time for nothing else, here's what you should put on top of your list in Montauban: The Ingres Bourdelle Art Museum inside of the former Bishop's Palace. It would make a good base to set off to see gorgeous villages in the Aveyron area (Penne, Castelnau de Montmiral, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Bruniquel to name just a few that we've done episodes on in the podcast) Here is a selection of accommodations we like in Montauban For Americans planning to visit France in Aug or Sept of 2021: Information on how Americans can get a QR code starts 59 minutes into the episode. This is the Sherpa site where you can see up-to-date information on what it takes to travel to France from your country. It also explains what you'll need to return home AND lets you print travel documents. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/348 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Annie and Elyse Visit Èze in Provence, Episode 347

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 50:20

    Are you thinking about visiting the city of Èze near Nice in Provence? Welcome to the Join Us in France Travel Podcast. We are making a stop in Èze today! Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with licensed tour guide Elyse Rivin about the hill-top village of Èze. We talk about the history of this beautiful place, discuss ways to get there, and a few gotchas you should be warned about. Annie has visited Éze several times. It's a touristy place, but there's a good reason for that! And once you know the tricks, you'll have a grand time! French news about the new health pass requirement starts 35 minutes into the episode or visit the show notes to read what's happening. Here are a few useful links for you on the new health pass: This official web page gives step-by-step instructions on what health professionals need to do to generate a QR code for foreign nationals. Paris By Mouth, a tour company, has published a very good blog post about how to do this for people who are in Paris right now. Things are changing fast. There are a lot of conversations about this on the Join Us in France Closed Group on Facebook, see the latest there. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/347 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Tips for Paris Visitors with Mobility Issues, Episode 346

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 56:51

    In this episode of the podcast Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin discuss tips for Paris visitors with mobility issues. The strategies we share would work for older visitors in Paris, but they will also help anyone who is coming to Paris with children. Kids don't enjoy walking 20,000+ steps per day the way we often do in Paris! So, you'll probably have a stroller and that makes mobility more difficult. Also consider that even if you're perfectly healthy, nobody likes to be totally exhausted at the end of a vacation day. So, let's share tips for Paris visitors with mobility issues! Latest news about mobility on the Paris metro and buses This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/346 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Nice France Travel Guide, Episode 345

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021 63:05

    Are you dreaming about visiting the city of Nice on the French Riviera? Welcome to the Join Us in France Travel Podcast where we look around France so you can best enjoy France as a destination. We talk about French culture, history, gastronomy and everything it takes to have a lovely experience in France. Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Elyse Rivin about the amazing city of Nice in Provence. We love the gorgeous bay and wonderful weather and think it's totally worth a visit and a good place to stay for a few days as you explore the French Riviera. This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Discussed in this Episode Nice Nice self-guided walking tour A brief history of Nice Eze Vance Saint-Paul-de-Vance Menton Villefranche-sur-Mer Grace Monaco Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/345 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Growing Roots in the Southwest of France, Episode 344

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 74:11

    Are you dreaming about growing roots in the southwest of France? Georgia Broome does and tells us all about it! Welcome to the Join Us in France Travel Podcast where we look around France so you can best enjoy France as a destination. We talk about French culture, history, gastronomy and everything it takes to have a lovely experience in France. Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Gerogia Broome about growing roots in the southwest of France. Georgia lives in England right now, but she grew up in France and has been on the lookout for a place of her own in France. She fell in love with a house she saw on-line, jumped on the opportunity despite the fact that this "maison de maître" needs a lot of TLC. Follow Georgia's adventures on her Instagram account.   Advice for People Looking to Buy Property in France Le Bon Coin is a wonderful resource. Find an estate agent you trust and remember that they can approach the seller for a home they don't list in their agency. Know what you're buying into: termites, lead paint, asbestos, be on the lookout for those problems. Tradesmen are expensive in France, more expensive than in the UK. Promptly setup to pay local taxes on-line so you don't incur any penalties. You can use TransferWise to move money around, and you can also use them before you have a bank account in France because they can give you a RIB (relevé d'identité bancaire which are your bank details). Don't read all the negative stories because you'll talk yourself out of doing anything that way. Ask around for recommendations on workmen. Links You'll Need if Buying a Property in France This website gives you prices of properties per zip code This is a big "for sale by owner" site for France Le Bon Coin is a great place to buy or rent everything, including properties The French government publishes the official actual sale price of real estate by zip code An AI that lets you see properties for sale based on your criteria More episodes about moving to France Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/344 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    The New Carnavalet Museum in Paris, Episode 343

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2021 55:19

    What's new in Paris in 2021? Top of our list: the Carnavalet Museum! Annie and Elyse LOVED the Carnavalet museum in Paris. In this episode we explain why and we point out all the things you should not miss when you're there yourself! There is a lot more new in Paris such as La Bourse du Commerce and Le Musée de la Marine. Let's talk about it! #joinusinfrance #paris2021 This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Useful Links: Book your free ticket to the Carnavalet museum (Just FYI there are scammers charging for free tickets and they appear on top of the google search as I post this episode) Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/343 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    The New Normal in Paris in 2021, Episode 342

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2021 48:20

    In this podcast episode Annie Sargent, Patricia Perry and Elyse Rivin discuss the new normal in Paris in the summer and fall of 2021 now that the Covid-19 is almost in the rear-view mirror. We're back in Paris after staying away for 18 months and it's so good to be back! #joinusinfrance #paris Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/342 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Buying an Apartment in Paris, Episode 341

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2021 56:59

    In this episode of the podcast, Annie Sargent has a chat with Paulette Geragos about how things went when she bought an apartment in Paris. We go into the nitty-gritty details about what was strange about it, what went well and what didn't go so well. Paulette tells us what she wishes she had known about the process of buying an apartment in Paris. Links You'll Need if Buying an Apartment in Paris This website gives you prices of properties per zip code This is a big "for sale by owner" site for France Le Bon Coin is a great place to buy or rent everything, including properties The French government publishes the official actual sale price of real estate by zip code Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/341 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Auvillar in Occitanie, Episode 340

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2021 51:07

    On today's episode Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin take you on a stroll in the village of Auvillar in Occitanie. It is one of the most beautiful villages of France and (unlike a few other villages in that category) it is usually lively. Auvillar is remarkably scenic and was also a place where nuns protected Jewish children during WWII. A beautiful place all around, take a listen to the episode to see if you need to add it to you list! #joinusinfrance #occitanie This episode features my frequent guest and licensed tour guide Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. There are a lot of B&B, Gîtes and Chambres d'Hôte to choose from in Auvillar, as well as a few hotels nearby. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/340 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Rebecca Rogers on the Education of Girls in France, Episode 339

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 56:27

    In France, levels of education of girls have increased steadily since WW2, but it took us a long time to get there. As discussed in this episode with Rebecca Rogers, 210 years ago Napoleon Bonaparte put a big emphasis on educating boys while mostly ignoring the education of girls in France. But not entirely, he setup some fine institutions for the education of girls in France. Napoleon's "oversight" did not get resolved fast. In episode 79 of the podcast we discussed the difficulties Marie Curie encountered doing her research in the early 1900s. It probably would have been just as bad or worse in many countries, but Marie Curie was yesterday! Why did it take us so long to realize how important it is to educate girls in France? Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/339 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Rocamadour the Medieval Village Hanging on a Cliff, Episode 338

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 66:48

    So many people who have done trip reports with Annie Sargent have mentioned Rocamadour as one of their favorite places in France! And she's  been there about a million times growing up in Toulouse because it’s a favorite for locals too. So it was high time to do a proper episode dedicated to Rocamadour where we explain why it's so amazing. For those of you who are new to the podcast and haven’t heard it mentioned so much, this is a really scenic village where much of the village and the church were built hanging on the side of a cliff. It's incredibly scenic and still an important place of pilgrimage. Resident tour guide Elyse Rivin will explain that in the middle ages in this part of France the ability to retreat into the cliffs was vital. There is a lot to see around Rocamadour as well and we go into the best there is to enjoy around there as well: le Gouffre de Padirac and La Forêt des Singes because the two that come to mind first. The largest city in this area is Cahors in the Lot and it is only about 30,000 people. When you're in Rocamadour you're not far from the Dordogne and the Haut Quercy. You can visit this as a day-trip from Toulouse, but it's really perfect as a week-end getaway to the countryside. This is a selection of hotels we'd consider for Rocamadour. You need a parking lot because there isn't much in terms of street parking. And, if visiting during the warmer months, you also need a swimming pool to keep the children happy and to cool off at the end of a long day of walking the up and down the hilly streets of Rocamadour. This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/338 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Burgundy Wine and Gastronomy Tours, Episode 337

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 61:52

    Categories: Burgundy Area, French Culture, French Food & Wine There is no doubt that Burgundy wine and gastronomy are some of the best in France. That's one of the reasons my guest, Ellen Shaunessy, decided to visit this part of France with a friend. Plus it's easy to get to from Paris on the TGV train and driving in this part of France is easy. Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | BookingPatreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking Ellen has a great advance over most visitors to France because she speaks French fluently from her work in Paris years ago. She knows how to ace a trip to France and has taken several trips with friends who trust her good advice. Let's hear what she has to say! To see the day-to-day details click on Guest Notes below. Tips for New Visitors to France Start your trip in Paris because that's when you have the most energy. If you have budge constraints stick with trains (car rentals, gas and tolls add up fast in France). Use the site Gite de France to find accommodations with locals outside of Paris (this is especially great if you intend to use your French!) If possible it's best not to plan anything on the day you arrive somewhere. Use the time to explore and get your bearings. In Paris you'll probably feel like you're always missing something because there is so much going on. Pick one activity for the day. For example a vineyard tour day or a cooking class day. Burgundy Wine and Gastronomy Tours Ellen selected a tour company called Authentica Tours so they could see some of the countryside without renting a car. This is a small company that runs their tours in a small van. There were only 4 or 5 people that day, so it's almost like a private tour. They drive you around the countryside, tell you about the history of the region (there is a lot of Roman history in this area). They do both wine and cheese tasting tours. Ellen and her friend also took a free walking tour of Dijon offered by the Tourist Office. Even if you don't find a free walking tour, going to the Tourism Office is always a good idea because they have a lot of information for you. Wine Tasting and Cooking Class in Beaune While staying in Dijon they took an early train to Beaune to be there in time for their market tour that started at 11 AM. This tour is only offered on market days. They had a chance to browse the market before they met up with the Cook's Atelier ladies. The ladies introduced them to local vendors. They cooked the food and shared a meal with them which was wonderful. Following the cooking class they went to the exhibit called Cave des Aromes. They learned a lot even though they mostly enjoy wine without being trained. They also went to the Hospices de Beaune, which is a must-see. What's interesting is that there used to be a boulangerie in Corgoloin (where they were staying at a gite), but it's now been replaced with a boulangerie truck! Have you ever seen one? They are common in rural France. This gite is an easy walk to the train station and provides bikes for people who want to explore on a bike. They went to Nuit-Saint-Georges on the bike. The area is pretty flat, so it's doable even if you're not an avid biker. Must Try Burgundy Regional Specialties Bœuf Bourguignon Coq au vin Poulet de Bresse Œufs en meurette Charolais beef – hamburgers are amazing here Gougères Escargot Anything with crème de cassis, including Kir (an apératif) Pain d’épices Époisses cheese More episodes about Burgundy FOLLOW US ON: Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter   Discussed in this Episode Dijon Châteauneuf-en-Auxois Vercingétorix Monument Semur-en-Auxois Tonnellerie Francois Frères [29:00] Château de La Rochepot Puligny-Montrachet Meursault Châteauneuf-en-Auxois Kir and Kir Royal Castelsarassin (Occitanie) Subscribe to the Podcast Apple Google Spotify RSS Support the Show Tip Your Guide Extras Patreon Audio Tours Merchandise If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to related episode(s): The Rules of Driving in France, Episode 16 Wine Touring in Beaune, Burgundy, Episode 128 The Saint Vincent Tournante Burgundy Wines Festival, Episode 98 Southern Burgundy, Episode 61 Burgundy Region and Wine, Episode 57 Ellen (middle) and two of her friends in Burgundy. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/337

    Penne in the Tarn, Episode 336

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2021 48:25

    Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Elyse Rivin about the lovely village of Penne in the Tarn. It’s a small place (600 inhabitants) with a ruined castle on top of the hill and gorgeous views all around. This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. This medieval village does not have any sort of special label like “Most Beautiful Village of France” so it’s definitely under the radar. But it's such an interesting place! We often get asked about memorable places to visit with children and Penne is definitely one of them! Children will love the adventure of exploring the ruins and watching restoration work go on (if you go at the right time, check their website for specifics.) Penne is north east of Toulouse. The name comes from a Latin root that means high pointy rock and the castle is indeed on top of a high pointy rock. This ruined castle got its start in the 800s at a time when local inhabitants needed protection from various invasions. The Village of Penne Today Today a lot of arts and crafts people have moved into the village because in a normal year Penne gets quite a few visitors. You'll find some shops and cafés and scenic narrow streets (see Annie's photos on Instagram). What's different is that this village doesn't have a monastery and it is not a bastide. It was developed primarily around the defensive castle which speaks to the difficult political situation of this area during the Middle Ages. You should wear good walking shoes as you will be walking up fairly steep cobblestone. It's not taxing physically because you don't have to go a long way, but may be impossible for people with mobility issues and difficult with a stroller. Attractions and Accommodations Nearby It will only take half a day to visit Penne (unless they have special events going on), but the great thing is there is plenty to see nearby. Bruniquel, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Castelnau-de-Montmiral are good candidates in our opinion. Here are some good accommodation around Penne. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/336 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    Napoleon: the Long and Short of It, Episode 335

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2021 60:29

    Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/335 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking This week in France we are celebrating the bicentennial of Napoleon’s death and so today Today I bring you a conversation with Kurt Weihs about Napoleon. I am excited to release this episode because I have been working on it for several months. My guest Kurt Weihs did an amazing job helping me summarize Napoleon’s life and why he has had such an enormous imprint on France. If you’re interested in learning how France ticks and why, you’ll love this episode. On this episode we want to look at the big picture of Napoleon's life. The man, his ideas and some of the major turning points in his life. In this episode we paint with a broad brush, but by the end of this episode you'll have an idea of who Napoleon was and why he made his mark on so many places in France. Books Annie read to prepare for this episode: From French historian Max Gallo: The Song of Departure and The Sun of Austerlitz 1815: The Return of Napoleon by Britten Austin Wellington & Napoleon: Clash of Arms by Robin Neillands The Road to St Helena: Napoleon After Waterloo by J. David Markham The Words that Define Napoleon In order to make sense of Napoleon's full and complicated life, it is useful to try to distill things down to a few ideas. Kurt's 5 Words for Defining Napoleon Romanticist: Napoleon was very much in love with Josephine and let his emotions guide his choices. Fairness: Napoleon expected to be treated fairly and believed people would keep their word. This was not always the case in reality. Order: Napoleon loathed disorder and chaos. He hated insurrections and attempted to tamp them down. Image: Like most authoritarian dictators, Napoleon used the media for propaganda  and used out-right lies to shape his public image. Endurance: During his campaigns he spent days and days on horseback, he attacked swiftly and tirelessly. Annie's 5 Words About Napoleon Family: His family was from Corsica and functioned much like a clan. After he became Emperor, Napoleon placed his brothers into high positions and married his sisters to men in high position. Ambition: Any time he felt his influence was threatened he rushed back to Paris to set everyone straight. Dictator: He gave a lot of power to the police and kept a thumb on anyone who didn't like him. Law: He instituted the Napoleonic code which is still the rule France lives under. Institutions: He created institutions of learning (high schools and the baccalaureate), financial institutions (the French central bank) and new distinctions for anyone who served him (la légion d'honneur). Napoleon's Early Victories Napoleon was not well-liked among his superiors because he was so demanding and ambitous. They sent him away to fight battles they thought were hopeless and he surprised them all by doing a great job. One example of that is when he took command at the Siege of Toulon and later at the Campaign of Italy. Napoleon took care of his men and they loved him in return. Napoleon was good at talking to the men and getting them excited about battles. He also allowed them to loot and didn't intervene when they behaved horribly towards the populations they were invading. He spent money to equip and feed the troops better than was the norm before him. The troops loved him and did their best in battle. The Annexation of Egypt didn't go as well. They were able to take Malta and Alexandria initially, but the battle of Nile against Lord Nelson went poorly. At this time Napoleon also rushed back to Paris because he feared enemies were plotting against him. The scientific endeavor in Egypt was a lot more successful than the military attempt. By 1799, But within a month of returning to Paris from the Egyptian Campaign Napoleon had orchestrated a coup and put himself at the head of a new regime for France that we call the Consulat. From the time Napoleon established himself as the Premier Consul until he crowned himself Emperor, only 4 years passed. Napoleon was young and blindingly ambitious. He had the support of most French people because Napoleon instituted reforms that were popular with the people. Popular Reforms Napoleons Put in Place Creation of the Civil Code Stronger property rights Civil marriage becomes an institution further reducing the influence of the Catholic church Departments and Préfets are created to handle local matters Central bank and stable currency Napoleon encouraged food production, agriculture and industry Built roads and canals Created public high schools and a new standard diploma: the Baccalauréat Napoleon made improvements to Paris, including many to his glory: La Colonne Vandôme,  La Madeleine Church, two new bridges over the Seine Austerlitz and Inéa. Overall France was very prosperous under Napoleon despite his never-ending wars. Napoleon As a Dictator and Other Unpleasant Traits Under Napoleon only gave lip service to the basic freedoms established by the Declaration of Human Rights established by the French Revolution. Under his leadership the police were all powerful. They read your mail and watched who hung out with you. No more freedom of the press. He punished his enemies and promoted those who praised him with a new medal La Légion d'Honneur. He believed women should be pretty and should make children and should never concern themselves with politics. Madame de Staël is an example of a woman he did not approve of. He established the family order with men at the top and women never being allowed to challenge her husband. At the same time he didn't want men abusing their wives and put some protection in place against that too. The Code Civil famously says Le mari doit protection à sa femme et sa femme obéissance à son mari. This means that a man must protect his wife and she must obey her husband. Napoleon re-instituted slavery when it had been abolished by the French Revolution. Napoleon's Biggest Victory: Austerlitz This happened 6 years after Napoleon fled Egypt and a year after he became Emperor. It takes place in a small town that's now in the Czech Republic but was part of the Austrian Empire. The battle was the climactic final act in the series of battles that made up the War of the Third Coalition. The Allied strategy was to let the French Army exhaust itself chasing them while avoiding direct confrontation.  To avoid this Napoleon had to entice the allies to fight him.  He did this by a mix of making fake gestures for armistice and having one of his corps falling back from the Pratzen Heights at Austerlitz.  The French appeared on the edge of breaking.  They were anything but that. The victory at Austerlitz was responsible for sweeping change in Europe. It pretty much ended the war of the 3rd Coalition (there was still minor fighting in Italy but Napoleon’s power was no longer challenged, for now). The centuries old Austrian Holy Roman Empire collapsed. Austria survived but the Empire was unable to continue. The resulting vacuum allowed the formation of the Confederation of the Rhine. A strong French ally. Treaties with Austria and, later, Russia pretty much left Britain on her own to continue the fight against Napoleon. Napoleon's Biggest Loss: Waterloo Napoleon abdicated his throne and was exiled to Elba in 1814. On March 1 of 1815 Napoleon was back in France and headed for Paris. He retook power as Louis XVIII fled north into Belgium seeking protection from the British. In the following three months Napoleon rebuilt the French Army back into a continental fighting force. Despite Napoleon’s protestations for peace it became clear that the monarchs of Europe would not accept Napoleon as ruler of France. War was inevitable the only question being where it would happen and it turned out to be in Belgium at Waterloo. On June 15th, 1815 the French Army crossed the border into Belgium. They immediately encountered small groups of Prussian troops who began falling back to the northeast. Napoleon split his army into two forces. One, commanded by Marshal Ney, who would continue on to Brussels while his second, commanded by Marshal Grouchy, would pursue the Prussians and hopefully bring them to battle before they could link up with the British. The battle started late because the ground was still soddened from the rain. At 11am things had dried out enough that Napoleon was content to move forward. What followed was a grueling full day of battle. Both sides fought hard with many back and forth attacks. At 1pm, though, Napoleon’s worst fears were imagined as he saw the Prussian Army appear almost like magic on his right flank. By this time both the British and French army were like punch-drunk boxers. The addition of fresh Prussian reinforcements tipped the scales and gave the allies the strength they needed to pull off the victory. As evening came on Napoleon fled the field while his most precious soldiers, the Imperial Old Guard blocked pursuit in a suicidal rear-guard action. By the next day, Napoleon was back in France, but the writing was on the wall. France was going to fall, and it was up to Napoleon how this would happen. Abdication After Waterloo Up until then, Napoleon had experienced very few failures. Like a gambling addict Napoleon continue to up the stakes with each new “game.” The slowness and lack of initiative that hampered Napoleon’s efforts throughout the Waterloo campaign continued to be an odd problem. There were roving Prussian armies in France who wanted nothing more than to find Napoleon and shoot him. Yet, he seemed reluctant to leave France despite the repeated suggestions that he do so, now. He complained that he needed a passport to travel to the United States, which appeared to be his favorite option. The French government continually stated “oh, it’s in the mail, you don’t have it yet?” On July 15th Napoleon put his faith in the British and turned himself over to them. He hoped they would either let him proceed to America or at least allow him to settle on a pleasant estate like they had allowed his brother, Lucien. The British government would have none of it, though. They did not trust Napoleon and the last thing they wanted was a Bonapartist uprising in Kent or some other such mischief. Napoleon was denied any meeting with royalty and instead shipped off to Saint Helena in exile. Napoleon at Saint Helena St Helena is a big volcanic rock of an island in the middle of the Atlantic weeks away from the next port. It is approximately 10 miles by 7 miles and well known for its foul climate. Napoleon’s first few months on the island were tolerable. He was not allowed to mingle with the people of the island, but he had the company of the Balcombe family who gave him a place to stay until the Longwood House was ready for him to move in. After his move to Longwood House, though, things became worse. Restrictions on his movement increased and Hudson Lowe, the governor of the island, insisted that Napoleon remain under constant watch. Rather than allow himself to be watched Napoleon began to lock himself up indoors. The lack of exercise and harsh climate started to impact his health. Hudson Lowe feuded continuously with Napoleon over his access to doctors. The people around Napoleon began to note an obvious decrease in his health. In 1818, Hudson Lowe forced many of the few friends that Napoleon had to leave the island. He was continually paranoid that Napoleon would escape somehow. In his final months in 1821 Napoleon fought a worsening battle against abdominal pain and what appeared to be stomach ulcers. In his last days Napoleon was delirious most of the time. On May 5th, 1821 Napoleon died from what appeared to be stomach cancer though conspiracy theories abound to this day that he was assassinated with poison. Conclusion There are so many what-ifs to consider about Napoleon’s life after his abdication. He could have lived like his brother, Josef, in the USA. Of course, he could have also been imprisoned in a Scottish border fort if the British had wished. Would Napoleon have enjoyed the life of a private citizen? I don’t think so. Napoleon hated a life of mediocrity. He spent a lot of time talking about his desire to just settle down and relax, but throughout his life anytime things became ‘settled and relaxed’ he found a way to stir things up. I think the English were wise to not let him land and stay in England. Unfortunately, the alternative was not pleasant.  More episodes about French history

    Are You a Proper Francophile? Episode 334

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 61:50

    This week Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin decided to have some fun with the whole idea of a Francophile". Elyse knows a lot about France, but is she enough of a Francophile? As a matter of fact, dear listener, are YOU a proper Francophile? Face your fears and take the Francophile test right here! As you take the test you will be climbing up the Eiffel Tower and only the most consummate Francophiles will get to the top or “le sommet” as we call it in French. Can YOU do that? This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon. What Does It Take to Be a Francophile? Is it the music you listen to? Is it the fact that your French is impeccable? Do you have to be a snob to be a Francophile? I know it's not how many times you've visited France because there are genuine Francophiles who've never set foot in France. There are also people who love a style called "French Country" that doesn't have that much to do with most of the decor you see in reality in France. None the less, there  are a lot of things Francophiles have in common, let's see how you stack up, shall we? Face your fears and take the Francophile test right here! When Can Americans Come Back to France? Everybody wants to know the answer to that question and I've usually responded that I don't have a crystal ball. But this time we have something official to go on. President Macron went on on CBS's Face the Nation and he was asked that question among many others. His response was that France is putting a system in place to be able to open the country to all. French people who are still living under many restrictions but also foreign visitors. If you'd like to watch the part where President Macron answers this specific question, click here. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/334 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking FOLLOW US ON: Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter Categories: French Culture, French Customs & Lifestyle

    A Brief History of the Knights Templar in France, Episode 333

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 62:47

    Knights Templar have a romanticized and exotic imagery attached to them. But reality is different from the lore that surrounds them. Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin talk about it in this episode of the podcast. The movie by Ridley Scott The Kingdom of Heaven is a great example of a romanticized version of the Knights Templar. But is is based on real people and things could have happened the way he showed it in this excellent movie. The events happened so long ago we have to fill in a lot of stories. What is for sure is that Knights Templar were a reflection of their times and what was happening in French culture at the time. Let's talk about their amazing rise and precipitous fall. This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Discussed in this episode: Who Were the Knights Templar in Reality? A Brief Recap of the History of the Knights Templar The Knights Templars Were Warriors First Les Commanderies in France The Downfall of the Knights Templar Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/333 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking

    The Paris Saint-Ouen Flea Market, Episode 332

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 60:41

    Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Eva Jorgensen about the Paris Saint-Ouen flea market. It is one of the biggest, most famous flea market in the world. This flea market gets almost 5 million visitors a year which is impressive because it’s only open 3 days a week! In this episode of the podcast, we talk about vintage clothes shopping, antiques, and wonderful old items you could bring back in your suitcase. It's really about the thrill of the hunt, and the wonderful surprises you might find at the Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen. Eva is the author of Paris by Design 10 Pro Tips About the Paris Saint-Ouen Flea Market Go on a Monday if you'd like to see it on a quiet day. Fridays: Supposedly the flea market is ONLY open on Friday mornings for dealers. Eva went on a Friday morning and nobody asked if she was a dealer (she's not). So, if you can only go on a Friday, it's also a possibility, but only in the morning. It's best to AVOID the Porte de Clignancourt metro stop, even though that's the way Google Maps will tell you to go. If you go that way you'll run into the giant highway and all the people who setup on the sidewalk and sell junk and trinkets. Generally, Annie avoids any metro stations called "porte de" around Paris as explained in Episode 194 about Dicey Paris neighborhoods. You'll have a better experience going to the Garibaldi metro station on line 13. You cross the street and go through the garden on the side of the church (called Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire-Saint-Ouen, it's big, you can't miss it) and you'll exit the garden at rue des Rosiers (93400) turn right and walk 1 kilometer. You'll enter at the back of the Paris Saint-Ouen Flea Market. Part of Saint-Ouen is definitely sketchy, but if you take this way to the market, you'll walk through a quiet residential neighborhood. Eva walked there by herself and felt totally safe going that way, whereas she didn't enjoy going via the Porte de Clignancourt station. See map below. If you arrive at the Paris Saint-Ouen Flea Market via the Garibaldi metro station, you'll get to the Marché Paul Bert first. One way to make sure you don't miss it is to tell your favorite map app on your phone to take you to a restaurant called Ma Cocotte. Stick to the market itself, it is completely safe. At lunch time notice how several vendors will eat together around a folding table and maybe play some cards or something. It adds to the friendly atmosphere. At the Paul Bert café don't miss the chocolat chaud à l'ancienne (hot chocolate), Eva also likes the classic bistro lunch like croque-madame with a side salad. Le Comptoir des Puces is a little hideaway place inside of Marché Serpette, a great place for a break. The official page for the Paris Saint-Ouen flea market in English. The episode page for this episode is here: https://joinusinfrance.com/332 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | PayPal | Booking

    Avignon: Popes, a Bridge, Marvelous Gastronomy and a Festival, Episode 331

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 74:13

    On this episode of the podcast, Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin discuss Avignon and all the things you should not miss there. Of course, we love the palace, the bridge, the festival and the gastronomy. Should you put it on your list? Let's talk about it! This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/331 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking  

    To Airbnb or Not to Airbnb? Episode 330

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 59:18

    In this episode of the podcast Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin discuss the pros and cons of Airbnb for people who visit France.  The apartment rental giant is facing more and more scrutiny because it has disrupted the travel market and now rents more rooms than several hotel chains combined. This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Even if you think it's great that the hotel industry is facing increased competition there are some things you need to think about before booking an Airbnb in France: Neighbors getting fed up with ever-changing occupants. Owners canceling a few days before you're due to arrive. Local residents being priced out of the rental market. Apartments with hidden flaws. Owners taking a long time when there is a problem. Having said that, there are times when Airbnb is the best option. This is true for visitors who have special dietary needs and will cook for themselves. The same goes for groups who need more bedrooms. We're not anti Airbnb but we think there are better options, especially in France. Get the Real Local Flavor France is littered with Maisons d'hôte aka Bed and Breakfast. They are all over the country and there are even some in central Paris! There is no better way to meet locals. The question is how do you find such accommodations without searching for days? Booking.com makes that easy! We also love the Gites de France site and the properties they list. A Gite is a furnished apartment or house you can rent for a few days or a few months. There are none in Paris, but they are literally everywhere else in France. If you're driving around the French countryside and would love to stay in a French chateau, you MUST check out the Relais et Chateaux. Some of them are surprisingly affordable! There are some in Paris as well. The Plum Guide is like Airbnb but they visit the apartment before listing it so you're sure to have a well-appointed place. Home Stay and Holiday Homes are also possibilities. Annie uses a website called MindMyHouse which is great for longer trips when she wants her dogs and cat pampered at home. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/330 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter | Booking  

    Bastides in the Southwest of France

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2021 69:57

    On today's episode of the podcast Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin talk about bastides in the southwest of France. What do tour guides mean when they tell you that a place is a Bastide? Why is that important? There are a lot of bastides in the southwest of France. For this episode we use the example of Castelnau de Montmiral a charming village in the Tarn. But bastides were a small revolution at the heart of the Middle Ages and Elyse will explain that they sprung up  #joinusinfrance #podcast Patreon | Boutique | Newletter This episode features my frequent guest Elyse Rivin. You can book a tour with her through her website and you can also support her on Patreon. Useful Links Wikiloc Visorando Les Musicales de Montmiral Related Episodes Cordes-sur-Ciel, Episode 88 Sorèze and Revel, Great Day Trips from Toulouse, Episode 156 Mirepoix, Episode 81 Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/329

    A Vacation in the French Alps with a Baby, Episode 328

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 62:19

    Thinking about taking a trip to France with your baby? Listen to this! Jessica took a vacation in the French Alps with her 9 months old. She worried about the logistics, but she soon found out that France is a family-friendly destinations and how to care for her baby's needs the French way. #joinusinfrance #podcast #travelwithkids French Alps Hotel Recommendations In Lyon: Hotel Carlton In Annecy: Hotel du Palais de l'Isle Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/328 Patreon | Boutique | Newletter  

    Exploring Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Episode 327

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2021 59:09

    On today's episode of the podcast, Elyse Rivin tells us about the legend of Saint-Antonin and how a monastery was named after him and grew into the beautiful town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val on the Aveyron river. We’ll tell you about the wonderful history of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, but also about hiking, scenic drives and gorgeous overlooks, caves and chateaux you can visit nearby. It’s also a great place to rent a canoe and enjoy the view from the Aveyron river. Perfect for active vacationers and families with kids. And easy access to great local food and wine too! Now is the time to select a few new places to visit in France and we don’t think you can go wrong with Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and nearby towns. After my conversation with Elyse I’ll also update you on the likelihood of visitors being able to come back to France for the summer of 2021, how French President Nicolas Sarkozy was condemned to 1 year in jail, and a quick update on the renovation of Notre Dame in Paris. Click on the blue button that says Show Notes for more on that. Patreon | Boutique | Email Newsletter

    The Inauguration of the Paris Metro, Episode 326

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2021 45:11

    A lot was happening in Paris in 1900. But the two items I would like to focus on today were the Exposition Universelle of 1900 and the Inauguration of the Paris Metro. Paris had a lot to live-up to with the 1900 universal expo. After all the 1889 expo gave rise to the Eiffel Tower and how do you top that? In 1900 they had a pavilion on electricity and lots of gorgeous country pavilions that boasted the best of their respective countries, but what was exciting and new in Paris? The Paris Metro, of course! While not as glamorous and visible as the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Metro transformed the city and continues to be a central part of Parisian life. Book Recommendation: This week Annie read The Matchmaker of the Perigord by Julia Stuart. While not an earth-shattering read, it's pleasant and does not break any rules of life in France. They started thinking about adding a large transportation system in Paris in 1871 and there were several competing ideas. They wanted to have something operational by 1889 for the Paris Word Fair. But they didn’t manage it and the first metro started service on July 19, 1900. Ding-a-Dong by Teach In, Eurovision winner and a superbly happy song. Check out how much fun the guy with the xylophone is having! Annie's Patreon | Elyse's Patreon | Newsletter | Boutique The Inauguration of the Paris Metro They did not inaugurate the Paris Metro to great fanfare because it was a controversial project and politicians felt it was safer to keep everything low-key. Before they got to this inauguration, they went through a lot of proposals and opposing ideas being battled out in the newspapers. But the real issue was choosing the right metro technology for Paris. There is a lot to think about and those decision will impact life in the city for decades to come! There were lots of proposals, I'll just go into two that caught my attention. The photo below is the Angely proposal for a suspended rail system

    The Charming Village of Bruniquel, Episode 325

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2021 55:30

    On today's episode of the podcast Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin have a conversation about Bruniquel. Bruniquel is one of those little towns in the south west of France that are beautiful and tell a great story. And look at all the other wonderful places you can visit nearby! Gaillac, Albi and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie are nearby (link to episodes dedicated to those places below). We'll also publish episodes in the next few weeks about Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and Castelnau de Montmiral. Annie particularly enjoyed the chateau of Penne. Puycelsi is good too. It is possible to see two or 3 of these villages in a day. Lots to see and enjoy in the southwest of France! There are a few places you can stay in or near Bruniquel, take a look at your options here. If you're interested in wine, take a look at the Vin du Quercy. Annie's Patreon | Elyse's Patreon | Newsletter | Boutique   Categories: Off the Beaten Track in France, Toulouse Area

    A Conversation About Bread in France, Episode 324

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2021 58:12

    Today Annie brings you a conversation with Susan Walter about bread in France, and why bread is such an important piece of French culture and life. We talk a little bit about this history of bread and we agree on many things, including: What’s up with the obsession with finding the “BEST” baguette in France? Grab some toast, let’s talk bread! Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/324 And, something I didn't mention in the episode and I should have. If you don’t live close to a great bakery, you can buy several loaves, slice them the way you like them, put them in a bag and freeze them. When you need some, take it out of the freezer and pop the slices into the toaster. Baguette freezes really well and will taste fabulous that way. Book Recommendation: Max Gallo, the Sun of Austerlitz, a good book about Napoleon. Podcast Recommendation: Un bonbon sur la langue with Muriel Gilbert My guest on today's episode has a blog called Days on the Claise, a good source of information about a part of France that's rarely discussed. Annie's Boutique | Annie's Patreon | Subscribe to the newsletter Discussed in this episode Bread in France: it's a staple A brief history of bread in France French baguettes aren't as old as you think! Large Boulangeries in France Bread vending machines in France The types of wheat grown in France Bread preferences in France Breads you won't find in France Where is the best bread in Paris? Categories: France How To, French Culture, French Customs & Lifestyle, French Food & Wine

    La Rochelle, France, Episode 323

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 71:04

    Annie's Patreon | Elyse's Patreon | Boutique La Rochelle in the Charente is a gorgeous French city on the French Atlantic coast. It is surrounded by beautiful coast, white limestone and stunning vistas. La Rochelle is a favorite vacation spot for French people, but doesn't seem to be on a radar of a lot of American visitors. That's a mistake because it is usually sunny and has a mild oceanic climate. Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/323 You could spend a whole week in La Rochelle and keep busy by exploring nearby islands such as Île de Ré and Île d'Oléron.  Those are the easy ones because they both have a causeway to drive to them. You can even take a bus from La Rochelle to visit those places for the day. Some islands are more remote and can only be accessed by boat. You could also explore the Marais Poitevin and beautiful cities like Saintes, Rochefort and Cognac in this region. In this episode we talk about the siege of La Rochelle, how it brought the city to its knees. We also discuss how La Rochelle gained back its prominence by being an active participant in the slave trade. This shameful part of history has been acknowledge in the city as you will hear when we discuss the new world museum. We recommend you download the official brochures of La Rochelle published by the tourist office, they provide an excellent walking tour of the city. Discussed in this Episode Ile de Ré Rochefort (the Hermione and Marquis de Lafayette) Ile d’Oléron Cognac Saintes Tour Saint Nicolas Tour de la Lanterne Tour de la Chaine German u-boats Musée du Nouveau Monde Les Francofolies Aquarium of La Rochelle La Grosse Horloge Oysters La Mouclade Pinot de La Rochelle (fortified wine) Chabichou goat cheese La galette Charentaise Fort Boyard FOLLOW US ON: Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

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