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Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps, Episode 121

Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps Trip Report with Katie and Nathan


Snowy weather in June at the Aiguile du Midi
Snowy weather in June at the Aiguile du Midi.



In the second installment of my conversation with Katie and Nathan, they tell us about their visit to Chamonix, Annecy, Alps  and also their excursions to the Aiguille du Midi and the Mer de Glace.  Katie and Nathan are from Durham, North Carolina. She’s 26 and a teacher and he’s 29 and a mechanical engineer. They visited France in June 2016.

This is the 2nd part of a 3-part series with Katie and Nathan:

  1. Ep. 120 was on Colmar and Alsace.
  2. Epi. 121 this week is on Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps.
  3. Ep.  122 next week is going to be on Verdon Gorge, Provence, and Carcassonne.

Hotels Recommended in this Episode: Hôtel Vert in Chamonix, Hôtel du Château in Annecy

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Places Mentioned in this Episode: Kandersteg Alpine Slide, Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi, Mer de Glace, Annecy.


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Top Attractions in Lyon, Episode 113

Restaurant in Lyon at night, top attractions in lyon

Top Attractions in Lyon, Episode 113

Lyon is on the Rhone Valley and the second largest city in France. It is famous for its gastronomy and economic dynamism. But what is it like as a visitor? How much time should you plan to stay? What are the top attractions in Lyon? 

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Hotels Recommended in this Episode: Annie stayed at the Ibis Styles Lyon Part-Dieu. It was clean, comfortable, quiet (despite the proximity to the main train station) , the breakfast buffet was good, the staff professional, and the nearest tram station is right across the street. We’d stay there again!

Episode Highlights

  • Musings on how to select a hotel in a large city
  • French tip of the week
  • Answer to a listener question on health care in France
  • The 6 most salient points in the history of Lyon
    • #1 The capital of the Roman Gaul
    • #2 Commercial hub during the Renaissance
    • #3 The French Revolution
    • #4 Top attractions in Lyon today
    • #5 Auguste and Louis Lumière
    • #6 The city during the Résistance
  • Annie’s visit
  • Traboules
  • Gastronomy
  • La Fourvière Basilica
  • A few other highlights
  • What else should you visit nearby?
  • Conclusion: food, wine, a beautiful downtown and a friendly athmostphere. These are the top attractions in Lyon!

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Trip Report Provence and Chamonix, Episode 83


Provence and Chamonix

Trip Report Provence and Chamonix

Let’s go to Provence and Chamonix with Matt, his wife and two daughters. Matt tells you what it takes to have a grand time in France with your children and shares what their greatest day in France was and why.  Let me warn you: it is NOT on any of the top 10 lists you may have read, this is one of those places that turns out to be a wonderful surprise.

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Food/Wine Mentioned on the Show: Tapenade, Brandade de Morue, Bergerac Wine, Tartiflette, Reblochon Cheese, Gruyère, Beaufort, Tome de Savoie, Cantal, Merguez,

Places Mentioned on the Show:  Provence and Chamonix, Toulouse, Port-Lauragais Rest Stop, Tarrascon, Beaucaire, Carrières de Lumière, Château des Baux de Provence, Côtes du Rhone Wine Driving Tour, Saintes Maries de la Mer, Tiki in Camargue, Vaison-la-Romaine, Suzette, Arles, Bull Games in Arles, Van Gogh Easles, Lubéron, Abbey de Sénanques,  Joucas, Le Sentier des Ocres in Roussillon, Le Pont du Gard, Musée Haribo (Uzès), Annecy, Alpine Slide, Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi, Mer de Glace, Le Brévent, La Flégère

French Tip of the Week: “attrape-couillon” = something that catches suckers.

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Episode Highlights

  • 4:35′ They had to drive through Toulouse, why didn’t they stop?
  • 5:30′ If you park your car somewhere in France loaded with luggage, will you get robbed? How can you avoid that?
  • 7:10′ Why is the speed limit around cities so low?
  • 9:45′ The Rest Stop Matt mentions near Carcassonne is called Port-Lauragais.
  • 11:30′ Tarrascon, not a touristy city, but a central location.
  • 13:10′ Provence Markets, Six kinds of tapenade and Brandade de Morue.
  • 15:00′ Beaucaire, its market, differences between life in Provence and the South West of France. Cicadas are loud indeed!
  • 17:10′ Carrières de Lumière at Baux de Provence.
  • 21:10 Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. You could also get on a Tiki boat to see the Camargue from the marsh. The church is a must-see if you go!
  • 24:20′ Vaison-la-Romaine, that one was a bust for them because the kids had seen enough Roman Ruins! They weren’t impressed with French pizza either.
  • 25:30′ Côte du Rhone wine driving tour and the town of Suzette. Rosé Côte du Rhone. How wine is priced in France and what wines get exported.
  • 28:00′ Arles and the Bull Games. Those are no-kill bull races where men run around trying to get ribbons off the horns of the bull. Family-friendly atmosphere.
  • 31:00′ Parking in France is a lot easier when you know how to parallel park!
  • 32:15′ French Tip of the Week: “attrape-couillon” = something that catches suckers.
  • 33:00′ Lubéron. They intended to see Gordes, Joucas and Roussillon, but Gordes was too crowded, there was nowhere to park at Abbeye de Sénanque so they just saw it from the road. Parking can be a problem in those super popular areas. They stopped at Joucas and enjoyed it, there is a nice playground there.
  • 36:09′ Le Sentier des Ocres in Roussillon, this is a ocre cliff hike, 45mn, fairly easy.
  • 38:35′ Pont du Gard and Haribo Museum Kids weren’t impressed with the bridge, we discuss some ways to make it better.
  • 42:00′ They rented an apartment right in the middle of Annecy and loved it!
  • 44:00′ Tartiflette and Reblochon and many other cheeses such as Gruyère, Tome de Savoie, Beaufort, Cantal. What were the kid’s favorite foods on this trip? Saucisse de Toulouse, Merguez.
  • 48:00′ Luge, cows and bells. How you buy local cheese or wine  from locals in France.
  • 49:20′ How 4th of July and Bastille Day events compare. Hint: Bastille Day isn’t much to write home about!
  • 52:00′ Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi and Mer de Glace, magical activities. The other side is Le Brévent and Flégère, this was probably their favorite day in the whole trip!

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