As you probably know, Napoléon Bonaparte’s importance in French history and life is difficult to over-estimate. Yet, surprisingly, we haven’t talked about Napoleon much on Join Us in France besides in Episode 58, titled Napoleon in Paris. This has everything to do with the fact that, well, it’s a complicated subject, and it is impossible to do it justice without going on and on and on about it and be a little bit more scholarly than ideal for my taste. BUT, Napoleon has left his mark in almost every aspect of French culture and history, so we can’t ignore him. So, let’s start the year 2017 gently by dipping our toes gently into the Napoleon soup and ask a simple question: Why is Napoleon buried at the Invalides?
In today’s episode Elyse and Annie look at what makes Montmartre so special and so popular. Why do tourists go there in such great numbers? What do French people think about it? Is Montmartre genuine Paris, or is it just a tourist trap?
Montmartre Restaurants we like: A la mère Catherine on place du Tertre. or one Annie enjoyed very much, Le Potager du Père Thierry (16 rue des Trois Frères), it is very small, reserve the day before!
What happens if you need to see a doctor in France? Nobody wants to get sick on vacation, and folks who visit France certainly don’t want to be in an accident, but if it happens, you’ll know exactly what to expect after listening to this episode. Some things are very much as you are used to in America, others are going to surprise you.
Christmas markets have become a staple of French life, and some of them have become extremely well-known. Annie takes you along on her stroll of one such popular Christmas Market, on Champs Elysées in Paris, on a chilly Sunday night in December. As you will hear in the recording, the atmosphere is festive and visitors are enthralled by the food offerings!
Annie and guest Mike August discuss their experiences moving to France and some of the complexities involved in that endeavor. We’re not immigration lawyers or relocation specialists, we’re just two people who went through the experience and want to discuss some of the gotchas you may encounter in your own road towards a move to France.
Paris is the city of romance, the place where budding romance blossoms, and where older couples go to renew their vows. I am not sure if this is as a result of the gorgeous architecture, the sounds of the French language, the emphasis that French culture puts on the importance of romance in one’s life, the fact is, Paris is the romance capital of the world. On today’s episode, Annie shares her tips for enjoying the romance of Paris, and Gary Turco tells us about his recent honeymoon in Paris and the things he and his wife Leslie enjoyed about their honeymoon in Paris. Gary is a returning guest on the show, he also talked to us about his experience at the Moulin Rouge on Episode 126