Category Archives: Life in France

Road Trip in France, Episode 25


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Menton, France

Road Trip in France

This week on Join Us in France, we take you on a road trip in France with Laura.

Have you ever heard of France being referred to as “The Hexagon”? If you haven’t, you soon will. Laura K. Lawless and discusses her trip to the six corners of the hexagon, i.e. the six corners of France. She and her husband embarked on a long road trip in France and explored the country for several weeks. In this interview, we ask her how it went, what they saw, and what they enjoyed most along the way. You can also check out Laura’s blog about the adventure if you want to dig deeper into their itinerary Six Corners of the Hexagon Blog.

If you like this episode you should also listen to Episode 16, Driving in France and Episode 138, Tips for Driving in France

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

Laura is also an on-line French teacher Lawless French where she gives wonderful tips and exercises that make it easy to learn French. She has something for everyone, as a complete beginner you can learn basics such as numbers and the alphabet, but as a more advanced French speaker you will learn linguistic tidbits that will help you catch on to small

French subtleties that foreigners usually don’t grasp. Annie contributes audio recordings in French for Laura, so if you want to hear Annie speak more French, that’s where you’ll find it. If you’re planning on coming to France soon, we can’t recommend learning the language strongly enough, even if you only have time to learn the basics, it will make your trip much better. No more excuses, go learn some French!

Have a time on your road trip in France!

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Driving in France, Episode 16

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Driving in France

In this episode, Annie and guest David talk about driving in France. Should you rent a car? How safe is it? Is driving hectic in France? We start with misconceptions, then we explain differences you should know about, and we also give you tips so you can relax. Have you considered setting out on your own to explore the French countryside? This episode will help you decide if it’s for you or not. Where will you go? Vineyards? French villages? Renting a car does open a lot of options for you!

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

«I just returned from a trip to France. We could not take a train due to the strikes and ended up driving across France from the Dordogne to Paris. What a wonderful experience! The podcast on driving in France was a HUGE help with parking, highways and the red plus signs at traffic lights. Thank you so much!» Robin Friedberg OConnor

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If you found this episode helpful, also check out Tips for Driving in France, Episode 138.

Episode Highlights

  • Common misconceptions about driving in France
  • Things to consider before renting a car in France
  • French terminology you need to understand
  • Navigation tips
  • Speed limits in France (that’s a gotcha!)
  • More gotchas (unexpected rules and customs)
  • Indication signs
  • Danger signs
  • Direction signs
  • How do roundabouts work?
  • Parking in France
  • In case of emergency
  • Final thoughts


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Store Hours and Credit Cards in France, Episode 10


Store Hours and Credit Cards in France

Store Hours and Credit Cards in France

On today’s show, Annie and Elyse discuss store hours and credit cards in France: work hours, lunch-time, closing time, how things are different in big cities and in small villages. Another thing we discuss are the things that you will and will not find at a pharmacy in France, and it’s not what you’re used to in English-speaking countries! Also, how do you find a pharmacy in France? Hint: green cross, just like on the photo above. There are no pharmacies inside of French grocery stores. Some of the larger grocery stores have a “Para Pharmacie” but they only sell a limited number of products there.

If you love our approach to travel and want to tour France with us, visit Addicted to France to look at upcoming tours.

Another big topic on today’s show are credit cards. Which ones work in France? And something else you may have never considered: how do you buy gas in France without a chip credit card? There’s also the intimidating store security you find in some stores in France. What’s up with that? How do you deal with store security?

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Why Are French People So Rude? Episode 9

 

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Why Are French People So Rude?

In episode 9 of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast we ask the BIG question: Why Are French People So Rude? Wait… wait! Could it be they’re just unfriendly? Or maybe they just have a bad reputation? Inquiring minds want to know!

Oh, please, grow up! Why are French people so rude is a silly question! What we’re going to tell you in this show is are the magic words that will make French store clerks smile at you with a twinkle of delight in their eyes instead of a scowl. AND it’s easier than you think! We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this subject.

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

Episode Highlights with Time Stamps

So, anyways, why ARE French people so rude?

  • 1:30′ The difference between being polite and being friendly.
  • 2:00′ How Americans have a rehearsed way to connect and French people don’t.
  • 2:40′ French people are more private. Getting to be on a first-name basis and using “tu” with someone.
  • 4:10′ French follow a protocol on who they can be informal with. How using “vous” sometimes can be a form of distancing one’s self.
  • 5:10′ Where does French politeness come from? Its historical origins.
  • 6:05′ How should visitor to France approach someone they don’t know in France.
  • 8:00′ Strange places where you have to say “bonjour” in France. The doctor’s waiting room, the elevator (eeeeek!), small restaurants, etc.
  • 10:05′ Saying “au revoir”, is that also mandatory?
  • 11:00′ Public bus etiquette.
  • 12:30′ Asian visitors love the fact that French people are procedural and very polite.
  • 13:30′ Americans are spotted right away.
  • 14:35′ Elyse and her mother visiting Carcassonne and the shocking thing that happened in a touristy jewelry store.
  • 17:00′ The four words you must know in French: bonjour, au revoir, merci, and s’il vous plait. And maybe also “excusez-moi”.
  • 18:35′ What IS wrong with us? We don’t stand in line. It’s possible to have something that will feel like a stampede at the movie theater for the best seat.
  • 21:40′ People will cut right in front of you if they can get away with it. French people stand really close to one another in line and if you don’t they might think you’re not in line.
  • 24:20′ Some exclusive stores on the Champs Elysées make people line up to get into the store so they can do better crowd control.
  • 25:20′ New Yorkers understand French attitudes when it comes to being in a rush all the time.
  • 26:40′ Try to use proper etiquette in the right countries. People will be really nice to you if you try a little bit.
  • Conclusion: we hope we weren’t too unpleasant, we were trying hard!

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Episode 1 Introduction


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Join Us in France Episode 1 Introduction

In episode 1 of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast Elyse and Annie introduce themselves and explain what you can expect from this  podcast.

Here’s the bottom line: we want to make a better tourist out of you! Why? So you’ll have a better time and make better decisions.

Every week we’ll bring you topics having to do with France and/or specific places you can enjoy in France. We’ll talk about cheese, wine, French food in general, French history, places you’ve never heard of and places you’ve heard of all your life.

We want you to do two things:

  1. Subscribe to the website below so you get an email any time a new episode is published.
  2. Subscribe to the show with your podcatcher so it is downloaded automatically as soon as it’s available and you can listen on-demand.

Enjoy France with Annie and Elyse!

Click here to support the show on Patreon and get access to Lunch-Break French, designed to help you sharpen your French skills before your visit to France.


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Episode 1 Introduction

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Join Us in France Episode 1 Introduction

In episode 1 of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast Elyse and Annie introduce themselves and explain what you can expect from this  podcast.

Here’s the bottom line: we want to make a better tourist out of you! Why? So you’ll have a better time and make better decisions.

Every week we’ll bring you topics having to do with France and/or specific places you can enjoy in France. We’ll talk about cheese, wine, French food in general, French history, places you’ve never heard of and places you’ve heard of all your life.

We want you to do two things:

  1. Subscribe to the website below so you get an email any time a new episode is published.
  2. Subscribe to the show with your podcatcher so it is downloaded automatically as soon as it’s available and you can listen on-demand.

Enjoy France with Annie and Elyse!

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