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Sorèze and Revel, Great Day Trips from Toulouse, Episode 156

Sorèze and Revel: Great Day Trips from Toulouse (or Carcassonne)


Toulouse is a great place to come stay for a few days because not only is it a lovely city, but once you’re here, there are a lot of great places you can visit as day trips.  Most of those day trips around Toulouse require a car, and such is the case with the one we’re discussing today: Sorèze and Revel: Great Day Trips from Toulouse (or Carcassonne)

Other great day trips around Toulouse: Carcassonne, Albi, Figeac, Carla-Bayle

Places mentioned in this episode: Saint-Felix de Lauragais, Sorèze, Revel, Saint-Ferréol Lake, Lac de Belleserre, Aeroscopia near Toulouse

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 What You Will Learn About in this Episode

  • 2’ 03 This Join Us in France episode 156 aboutSorèze and Revel: Great Day Trips from Toulouse (or Carcassonne)
  • 4’ Annie and Elyse argue about how to say the name “Revel” + the lake of Saint-Ferréol.
  • 6’ The Lauragais area with rolling hills. A wheat-growing area, villages on the top of hills.
  • 7’22 The first place you get to on our drive is Saint-Felix de Lauragais
  • 8’38 Revel is a small town of around 10,000 people, which makes it a small city by French standards
  • 9’50 Furniture-making in the Lauragais: they make good quality copies of classic French furniture styles
  • 10’40 Biscuiteries and cookie makers in the Lauragais
  • 11’20 One of the main reasons to visit Revel is to visit the Saturday Market. Revel is a “bastide” with an old covered market with a belfry at its center
  • 13’44 Weighing stones at the Revel Market
  • 16’ There is a great bakery in Revel, they make lovely “croustade” with apples and lemon. They call it “pastel” there
  • 18’30 The Montagne Noire in the Lauragais
  • 19’20 The village of Sorèze, a town founded in the 700s and famous for its “Abbaye-école de Sorèze”. Hughe Auffrey is a French singer who attended this school
  • 25’20 Dom Robert the Benedictine Monk who became a tapestry artist, the museum in Sorèze specializes in tapestries because of him
  • 27’ When is a good time to visit Sorèze to enjoy the artist colony side of things? There are craft fairs in the summer, try to
  • 27’30 There is a small glass museum in Sorèze because there is a history of glass-makers who lived in the woods long ago
  • 30’ The Saint-Ferréol Lake: Annie hates it, Elyse likes it, we’ll let you be the judge and let us know in the comments! This lake was created by Pierre-Paul Riquet to help bring water to the Canal du Midi to help it enough water in the canal year-round.
  • 35’15 Why Annie hates the Saint-Ferréol Lake
  • 39’ There is another, more wild lake nearby also: Lac d’en Brunet (or Lac de Belleserre)
  • 43’30 Aeroscopia Museum in Toulouse

There are gems of architecture and history in areas of France that never get any love or attention from travel writers. We’re not shy about loving the South-West and share gems that will take you to the heart of France off the beaten track.

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Running the Paris Marathon, Episode 155

Running the Paris Marathon


Paris marathon, Calee Spinney and a friend in front of Notre Dame in Paris

Every big sports event has to start somewhere. The Paris Marathon got its start in 1896 and it was tiny then! It had 191 participants, none of them women. Things have changed so much since then. Today’s Paris Marathon takes as many as 50,000 runners, many of them women, including today’s guest, Calee Spinney who ran the 2017 edition comes on the show to tell us some of the things she wishes she knew before she ran it. If you’re thinking about running the Paris marathon in 2018, you’ve come to the right place! Advice about the event, and all of the other things you can do while in Paris!

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What You Will Learn About in this Episode

Full transcript below the fold.

  • 1’38 Congratulations on running the Paris marathon!
  • 2’30 When did you sign up? What did it involve?
  • 4’31 Why do you need a medical form?
  • 6′ Do you run through gorgeous parts of Paris?
  • 7’52 Was it well organized?
  • 8’30 How do it work on the ground?
  • 9′ Various extras you can buy at the Expo
  • 11′ Is the commercial activity surrounding the Paris marathon good value or rip off?
  • 12’30 Running on cobblestone is hard on the body
  • 12’50 What do you wish you knew before you went?
  • 15′ Food/water you can get along the route
  • 17′ The finishing shirt
  • 18′ What did you do besides running the Paris marathon?
  • 19′ Is Paris food good for marathon runners?
  • 21′ Was it your first time in Paris? Where did you stay?
  • 23′ How about safety surrounding the Paris marathon?
  • 24’30 Any recommendations you can share?
  • 26′ Meeting a super-friendly Parisien
  • 30′ Thanks and personal update

Conclusion

If Calee has inspired you to put on your sneakers and come to Paris to run the Paris marathon make sure to prepare your visit with one of the other episodes, such as the one on how to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris or how to enjoy Paris on a budget. There is also a half-marathon in Paris, if that’s more your distance.

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How to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Paris, Episode 154

How to Protect Yourself from Pickpockets in Paris, Episode 154


how to protect yourself from pickpockets in paris

Introduction

On today’s episode Annie and Elyse discuss how to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris. We give specific steps anybody can take that will make it less likely that you will be the victim of a pick pocket, but also also steps to mitigate the repercussions if you do get robbed. Let’s not fool ourselves, pickpockets and magicians and they use the same misdirection techniques as magicians. A lot of them are really good at what they do! So if it’s happened to you, don’t feel bad, just do everything you can so it doesn’t happen again.

The only way to make sure nothing bad ever happens is to stay home and do nothing, but we’re not going to do that are we?  So, listen to this episode and get some inspiration on how to protect yourself from pickpockets in Paris and go on your next trip full of confidence!

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What You Will Learn about in this Episode

Look below the fold for transcript and time stamps.

  • Remove as much as you can from your wallet or purse.
  • Don’t put anything in your back pocket.
  • Don’t put anything in pockets unless they zip or button.
  • Only take one credit card and a little bit of cash with you, the rest should stay at the hotel.
  • Don’t have your driver’s license on you.
  • Don’t carry your passport, only a photocopy.
  • Photocopy the front and back of your credit cards and keep them in a safe place just in case you need to call to cancel them.
  • Do not bring any checks to France, you can’t use them.
  • Notify your bank that you’ll be travelling abroad.
  • Don’t bring your work ID.
  • Bring a list of all the medications you take and bring enough drugs for your whole stay.
  • Only carry one day’s worth of medications on your person.
  • Women should carry a purse that they can have across their torso.
  • Cargo pants with buttoned pockets are good for men.
  • Loose clothing puts you at great risk to be pickpocketed.
  • Protect your phone, women should consider keeping it in their bra or in a zipped pocket.
  • Put different things in different purse pockets.
  • If you don’t live in a large city in the US you are not used to being on alert for theft.
  • Photographers need to consider using a holster system like the Peak Design Capture Pro  with its accompanying Clutch that Annie now owns and loves.

Conclusion

The only way to never have anything unpleasant happen to you is to stay home. But, if you’re listening to this podcast, you probably don’t want to do that. We agree with you! Paris isn’t any worse than any other big city when it comes to pickpockets, and as a matter of fact, the police that this stuff very seriously, but there are no guarantees.

In this episode we’ve shared some specific suggestions of things you can do to lessen the impact of a adverse pickpocket encounter. If it’s going to happen, at least let’s do things that will lessen the blow.

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