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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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Six Easy Day Trips from Paris, Episode 106

Kim Henry guest of episode 106, day trips from Paris
Our guest Kim Henry with the Mont-Saint-Michel in the background.


Day trips from Paris

This episode goes into 6 day trips you can easily do from Paris with a little planning and a hunger to see new things. This advice is perfect for people who are staying in Paris and would like to venture out but are unsure how to go about it. Guest Kim Henry tells us how she organized her day trips and shares her advice. It’s important to note that Kim doesn’t speak a lot of French, yet she’s able to get around without much trouble at all. She tells us about her visit to Nancy, Château Malmaison, Monet’s Gardens at Giverny, Saint-Malo, Mont-Saint-Michel, Dinan, Chambord, Chenonceau, Cheverny, and Reims.

Paris Hotel Recommendation from Kim: I stayed at the Hôtel West-End Rue Clement Marot in the 8th, it was very close to Avenue Montaigne and the Champs Elysee and importantly, close to 2 metro stations.  I actually did loads of walking from my hotel over to the 7th, 9th, and 1st districts, it wasn’t far from the Seine either. Yes, I would highly recommend this hotel, the staff were lovely and upgraded me to a room with a view of the Eiffel Tower as I was staying 8 nights.

Places Mentioned on the Show: Nancy, Château Malmaison, Monet’s Gardens at Giverny, Saint-Malo, Mont-Saint-Michel, Dinan, Chambord, Chenonceau, Cheverny, and Reims.


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Trip Report Normandy and Paris, Episode 101


Letitia Guy in front of the Eiffel Tower



Trip Report Normandy and Paris

On this trip report Letitia tells us about her first trip to France and outside of the USA. She was part of a big group who came to France to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Their group stayed in Granville as their home-base and went around to visit different places around Normandy.

Places mentioned on the show: Sainte-Mère-Église, Granville, Mont-Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer


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The Bayeux Tapestry, Episode 38

Bayeux Tapestry, Harold's Death
Harold’s Death

The Bayeux Tapestry

Today on Join Us in France we take you to Bayeux, the prettiest little city in lower Normandy and a place where everyone seems to speak English! Bayeux is a must-see city for history buffs for many reasons, starting with those two: the Bayeux Tapestry and WWII history. This, and more, on today’s show. Enjoy!

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Episode Highlights

  • A brief history
  • What is the city famous for today
  • Local food specialties
  • Vikings in Normandy
  • What is the Bayeux Tapestry about?
  • Harold betrays William
  • William the Conqueror and the armada
  • Harold gets killed by an arrow that went through his eye
  • The beginning of French influence on England
  • Work of art and documentation of history
  • 70 meters long, it is an embroidered scroll more than a tapestry
  • Superb colors and intricate details
  • Tells a story much like a comic strip would today
  • Incredible craftsmanship
  • During WWII
  • The Cathedral and surroundings today
  • Medieval Festival the first week-end of July
  • Other things you can visit nearby having to do with WWII
  • Calvados, the drink and the department

Conclusion: Bayeux is a great central location from which to visit Normandy, the Bayeux Tapestry is a must-see, the city center is gorgeous, and the people are friendly. If you’re looking to get out of Paris, this may be the place for you!

If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to Episode 116, Episode 101, and Episode 18S.

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French Pastries of Northern France, Episode 35


raspberry Tart

French Pastries of Northern France

On today’s show we go back to the pâtisserie and we’re having seconds as we talk about the pastry specialties of the north of France which include Tarte Tatin, the Brioche Vendéenne, the Eclairs, the Napoleons, the Madeleines, the Pain d’épices, just to name a few. Do you have favorite French pastries? Annie and Elyse have so many, they can’t choose just one!

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Episode Highlights

  • Tourteau Fromager, Cheesecake French Style
  • Cinnamon in France
  • Are You a Cheese or a Pastry Person?
  • Cakes from the Alps Region and Walnuts
    • Beignes from the Alps
  • Puff Paste Dough or pâte à choux
  • Cakes from Picardie
  • Cakes from Lille
  • Cakes from Vendée
  • Cakes from Brittany
    • Palet Breton
    • Quatre-quarts
  • Cakes from the Paris Area
    • Tarte Tatin
    • Paris-Brest
    • Éclairs
    • Mille-feuille or Napoleon
  • Cakes from Normandy
    • Tarte Normande
    • Bourdelot
  • Dessert from Reims
    • Biscuits roses de Reims
  • Desserts from Alsace and Loraine
    • Pain d’épices
    • Kouglof
    • Black Forest Cake
    • Pet de nonne
    • Madeleines
  • French Jams with Funny Names
    • Les couilees du Pape from Provence
    • Gratte-Cul, rose hip jam

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Chartres Cathedral, Episode 26

Chartres cathedral

The Chartres Cathedral

This week we take you to the world-famous Gothic Chartres Cathedral, one of the oldest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France, and a place where the blue stained-glass windows will surely take your breath away. We discuss the circumstances surrounding the building of this Cathedral in the 1200s, the pilgrimage that brought hundreds of thousands to this church over the last 800 years, and how you can visit it on an easy 6-hour day-trip from Paris. You’ve heard Elyse make reference to it many times on the podcast, now you should consider going to see it for yourself!

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 Episode Highlights
  • How you can visit Chartres on a Day-Trip from Paris
  • One of the first areas of France to be Christianized
  • Oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site in France
  • Relic of the Virgin Mary at the Chartres Cathedral
  • The Chartres school of philosophy founded in the 10th Century
  • The Romanesque church of Chartres burned down in the year 1195
  • The new Gothic Cathedral was completed in 1224 and it only took 30 years
  • The tenants of Gothic Architecture
  • Built after Saint-Denis, but before Notre Dame
  • Blue stained-glass windows
  • There are 26,000 square feet of stained-glass windows at the Chartres Cathedral
  • The Labyrinth on the floor
  • The cost of restoration
  • How this masterpiece survived WWI and WWII
  • The Crypt
  • The city
  • How to visit by train from Paris
  • 3 great day-trips from Paris

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