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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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