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At the Paris Christmas Market, Episode 132

The Paris Christmas Market on the Champs Elysées

At the Paris Christmas Market

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Christmas markets have become a staple of French life, and some of them have become extremely well-known. Annie takes you along on her stroll of one such popular Christmas Market, on Champs Elysées in Paris, on a chilly Sunday night in December. As you will hear in the recording, the atmosphere is festive and visitors are enthralled by the food offerings!


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Moving to France, Episode 131

Moving to France


Moving to France Mike and husband

Annie and guest Mike August discuss their experiences moving to France and some of the complexities involved in that endeavor. We’re not immigration lawyers or relocation specialists, we’re just two people who went through the experience and want to discuss some of the gotchas you may encounter in your own road towards a move to France.

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Episode Highlights

  • Here are some things you need to consider if you’re thinking about moving to France
    • Is your French good enough?
    • You will need mountains of paperwork
    • Hurdles even if your French is great
  • Types of Visas You Can Apply for to Move to France
    • Long-stay tourist visa
    • Student visa
    • Work visa
    • Talents and abilities visa
  • France Has a High Unemployment Rate
    • CDI work contract
    • CDD work contract
    • Retirees
  • Work Culture in France
  • Work-Life Balance in France
  • Health Insurance in France
  • Health Care Is Inexpensive in France
  • Advice on the Logistics of Moving to France
  • Bringing Pets to France
  • Conclusion

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Romantic Paris, Episode 130

Romantic Paris with Gary and Leslie


Romantic Paris, Gary and Leslie

Paris is the city of romance, the place where budding romance blossoms, and where older couples go to renew their vows. I am not sure if this is as a result of the gorgeous architecture, the sounds of the French language, the emphasis that French culture puts on the importance of romance in one’s life, the fact is, Paris is the romance capital of the world.

On today’s episode, Annie shares her tips for enjoying Romantic Paris, and Gary Turco tells us about his recent honeymoon in Paris and the things he and his wife Leslie enjoyed about their honeymoon in Paris.

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Hotels Recommended in this Episode:  InterContinental Paris Le Grand

Episode Highlights
  • Annie’s Tips for Romantic Paris
    • Tell your hotel
    • Take a stroll along the Seine river
    • Go see the Eiffel Tower sparkle
    • Do a Paris by night tour
    • After dark visit to the Louvre
    • Go out to a wine bar
    • Go out to a gourmet meal
    • Enjoy the simple pleasures
    • It’s OK to sit on a bench and kiss!
    • Go up to see the great views overlooking the city
    • You’re in Paris, do what YOU want!
  • Set Priorities for your Romantic Paris Vacation
  • Leslie and Gary’s Choices
  • Dinner at the Jules Vernes in Paris
  • Highlights of the Louvre + Les Caves du Louvre Tour
  • See Louvre Masterpieces in a Flash!
  • Seine River Boat Ride
  • Versailles Tour
  • Montmartre Walk
  • Hiring a Photographer in Paris
  • The Bar Where the Bloody Mary Was Invented
  • Romantic Paris Cafés

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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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Opéra Garnier in Paris, Episode 127

Opéra Garnier

Opéra Garnier
Opera Garnier, Paris 9th arrondissement, photo Annie Sargent

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The Opéra Garnier, aka Palais Garnier, made such an impression on me as a first-time visitor that I cannot say what I liked best about it: the grand facade? The grand staircase? The Chagall ceiling?  The grand foyer? I admit, I can’t decide, it was all overwhelming and so beautiful! We probably barely scratch the surface all of the things that can be said about the Opera Garnier this episode, but I hope we convince you to go in next time and enjoy its grandeur. The interview starts at 5’44”.

Related Episode: From Ballet to Cabaret, Episode 53

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Moulin Rouge in Paris, Episode 126

Moulin Rouge in Paris

Gary and Leslie in front of the Moulin Rouge
Gary and Leslie

Moulin Rouge, Is It Worth a Visit?

Do you love the French cancan? If you do, you may be tempted to get tickets to see the Moulin Rouge show. But there are so many things to do in Paris, will the Moulin Rouge be worth it? Should you go with dinner and the show or just the show? Brenda and Gary, my guests on today’s show, help you answer that question for yourself.

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With its 120 years of history, the Moulin Rouge is the archetype for cabaret performances, often imitated, and world-famous. But what is it really like once you get inside? What sort of act has it become? Gary and Brenda tell us what they experienced, what they were hoping to see, and what they actually saw.  Enjoy the show!

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