The Canal Saint-Martin in Paris is a favorite of bloggers and gets high praise for atmosphere, scenic views, and as a place where “you just have to go”! But there are rumors and news reports that maybe all is not well in paradise. So Annie had to go see for herself and, on this episode, she also go to talk to her friend Brenda from California who took a Canal Saint-Martin Cruise in July 2015, which gave her a different perspective on the area. We discuss what we saw and whether or not we were enchanted as promised.
On today’s show we go to Marseilles and Provence with a French Expat, Isabelle Hall, who has been living in Texas for a long time, but grew up in Provence and knows it like the back of her hand! If you like this episode, you will also probably like episode 66 on Arles, episode 65 on the Pont du Gard, and episode 33 on Aix-en-Provence. At the end of the show [1’07”] I also answer a question from a listener about whether to book your SNCF train tickets in advance or not.
Places Mentioned in this Episode: Marseille, Corniche, Calanques, Sausset-les-Pins, Carry-le-Rouet, Venise Provençale, Martigues, Château d’If, Iles du Frioul, Cassis, Vieux Port, Canebière, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Aix-en-Provence. Visiting Provence? Find the Best Deals & Reviews at TripAdvisor.
On today’s Join Us in France Annie and Elyse take a detour into Catalonia because if you’re going to be visiting the southwest of France, you may want to spend a few days in nearby Catalonia. This is especially true if you are traveling with children because there is nothing young children like more than a lovely sandy beach with warm water and gentle waves. France has beaches too, but the French Mediterranean is more crowded, the water is colder, and it’s more expensive. So the Spanish coast is worth considering.
Getting Caught in a Terror Attack in France, Episode 116 Special
Steve Stegman and his daughter Sarah were caught in the terror attack in France that happened in Nice on the night of Bastille Day 2016. Steve is a fan of the show and sent in a question about visiting the south of France that I answered on Episode 91. At the time he wanted to know about beach attire in France, recommendations on where to visit, rent a car or not. Then, a couple of days after the Bastille Day attack in Nice I was shocked to get a Facebook message from him indicating that he and his daughter were in Nice watching the fireworks and got caught in the mayhem. Thankfully they were not hurt, but 84 people died on that day, and many more were injured. Steve and Sarah tell us what happened and how they are grateful to the people of Nice who stepped in to assist.
Normandy WW2 Trip Report with my guest, Phil Roberson, who shares his great passion for WW2 history, how he has visited many battle landmarks in Normandy, and the appeal they had for him (and possibly you too!) D-Day happened on June 6th, 1944 and there has been extraordinary interest and curiosity about Operation Overlord or the “débarquement” as the French call it. The American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer receives one million visitors per year. Would you like to be one of them?