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Paris Sewer, Episode 125

The Paris Sewer


Paris Sewer sign at the entranceToday Brenda and Annie discuss our visit he Paris sewer or “Égouts de Paris”. Oh, my, what a place! You have to know that when you visit the Paris sewer, you are actually in the sewer, this is not a reproduction or a show-room. Once inside, you are walking over actual sewer lines and you get the full effect, smell and sight and all. How much does the Paris sewer really stink? Should you go or should you pass? Find out in today’s episode.

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Places Mentioned in this Episode: the Paris sewer or Égouts de Paris

To Prepare for your visit of the sewer: Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Realities and Representations


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Normandy WW2 Trip Report, Episode 116

Normandy WW2 Trip Report

Normandy WW2 Paratrooper Veteran
Phil Meets a WW2 Paratrooper Veteran who jumped over Normandy 70+ years ago.


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?

Places Mentioned in this Episode: Omaha Beach, American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Arromanches, Bayeux, Museum of WW2 in Massachusetts, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte-Mère-Église, Utah Beach.
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The Cannes Film Festival, Episode 110

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Cannes Film Festival photo Cal4beach


The Cannes Film Festival draws big names and big crowds, but on the day of its birth it seemed to be heading towards failure. On the occasion of the 69th International Film Festival opened in Cannes on Wed, May 5th 2016, we look back at this annual ritual starting with its humble first iteration and discuss some of the movies that were celebrated over the years.

Recommended Hotel: in Cannes we like the Okko Hotel Centre.

To Prepare for Your Trip: The Cannes Starter Guide


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