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Paris with Children, Episode 129

Paris with Children


Paris with children, Alex and her family

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A lot of people wonder, should I even take my kids to Paris? Will they get anything out of it? Alex Dionne and her husband decided to bring the kids and they were pleasantly surprised how child-friendly Paris is.  Alex shares that when the kids are old enough and like to experience new things, you can make wonderful memories in Paris as a family, including some places that are totally off the beaten track. Thanks for the great photos Alex and family!

Air b&b  Recommended in this Episode: Rosier 5 étoiles

Places Mentioned in this Episode: Behind the scenes tour at the Eiffel Tower, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Musée des Arts Forains, Musée du Quai Branly, Parc de Bercy, Museum of Hunting and Natures, Paul Klee Exhibit, Place des Vosges, Promenade Plantée, Rosier-Joseph Migneret Garden, Sunday Bird Market behind Notre Dame, the Louvre


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Marseille and Provence with a French Expat, Episode 118

Marseille and Provence with a French Expat

Isabelle Hall and her daughter
Isabelle Hall and her daughter


On today’s show we go to Marseille 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.
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To Prepare for your Trip: La Gloire de Mon Père


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Southwest of France with Children Trip Report, Episode 114

Southwest of France with Children


Southwest of France Jennifer Ditchburn



Jennifer Ditchburn visited the southwest of France with her husband and children in June 2016 and she comes on the show today to share some of the highlights of their experience. Jennifer is the Editor in Chief of a magazine called Policy Options in Canada, she speaks beautiful French and has visited France on several occasions. But, this is her first time in France with her children, so they selected child-friendly activities. Because we recorded this episode the day the results of the Brexit were announced and because Jennifer is a political junkie, we discuss this news event at the beginning of the show as well.

Hotels Recommended in this Episode

People often ask me to recommend a hotel in Toulouse, and it’s hard for me to answer because in Toulouse I sleep in my own bed! I recommended the  Novotel Compans Caffarelli to Jennifer and her family because it’s close to everything at a reasonable price and has a good reputation. Jennifer and family liked it very much. I would also recommend you look at the Mercure Compans Caffarelli because that’s where Airbus sends a lot of business visitors and they all seem happy with it.

 

Places Mentioned in this Episode

Montpellier, Plage de l’Espiguette, Arriège, Foix, Sète, Toulouse, Niaux, Paris.

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To Prepare for Your Trip: The Return of Martin Guerre


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Two Dads in Paris Part 2, Episode 112

Two Dads in Paris Carousel featured in Midnight in Paris
Carousel seen in Midnight in Paris.


Two Dads in Paris Part 2

Two Dads in Paris is the continuation of Annie’s conversation with David about their second trip to Paris, episode 111. That time they ventured into The Louvre and the Orsay museum and David gives great advice on how to do that with a child. They chose a hotel in the Marais which they loved, even if it was a bit of a splurge.

***visited the Louvre as well as the Orsay Museun, visited the Père Lacahise Cemetery (and offer some great tips about that!), and had some fabulous food. David also talks about their third visit to Paris, a day-trip from London, when they took the Eurostar and visited the Musée des Arts Forains in Bercy.

Hotels Recommended in this Episode: Le Pavillon de la Reine

Places Mentioned in this Episode: Louvre, Orsay, Père Lachaise, Eurostar Train, Musée des Arts Forains, Saint Ouen Flee Market

French Learning Ressources Mentioned on the Show: Rosetta Stone and Duo Lingo.

Restaurant Recommendations:  Café Pouchkine, L’As du Falafel, Chez Robert et Louise, Benoit, Royal Turenne


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Two Dads and a Child in Paris, Episode 111

Two dads and a child in Paris. Left to right: Zane, Michael, David
Left to right: Zane, Michael, David


Two Dads and a Child in Paris

David and Michael are same-sex parents who have been married for 18 years.  Gay parents face the same issues as all other parents: how to keep their children engaged and happy while traveling. Their son, Zane, was only 7 when they first came to Paris. How do you deal with a child that age? David, who talks to us today, has great nuggets of wisdom on how to travel with children. Not only for gay parents, but for all parents. David’s interview starts at 11’50”, before the interview Annie gives advice on how to deal with strikes in France.
Hotel Mentioned on this Episode

Hotel Mayfair, 1st, between Place de la Concorde and La Place Vendome (Decent hotel, VERY convenient location)


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Visiting France with Children Episode 49

Visiting France with Children
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Eleven Tips for Visiting France with Children

Today Annie shares with you 11 tips for visiting France with children. Those tips are not place specific but can come in handy anywhere you are. And it’s a New Year, best wishes to all our listeners!
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