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Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris, Episode 27

Le Marais Place des Vosges
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Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris

Today on episode 27 of Join Us in France we explore Le Marais neighborhood in Paris. Yes, it used to be a swamp, but be assured it hasn’t been one for many centuries! The Marais is one of the oldest, most charming neighborhoods of Paris, full of windy streets, wonderful restaurants, antique shops, small museums, and Elyse can’t get enough of it.

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Episode Highlights

  • Historical Backgroud of Le Marais neighborhood in Paris
  • Knights Templars
  • Later developments with Henry IV
  • Place des Vosges
  • Village Saint-Paul
  • There are many museums in Le Marais
  • Jewish Museum in Le Marais
  • Brunch is the new trend in France
  • Le Marais as a gay neighborhood
  • The feel of Paris
  • More Must-See in Le Marais
    • Place des Vosges
    • Hôtel de Sully
    • Musée Carnavalet (at least peek in the courtyard)
  • Picasso Museum
  • Cognacq-Jay (free)
  • Hôtel de Soubise
  • Victor-Hugo apartment (free)
  • Maison Européenne de la Photographie
  • Musée de la chasse et de la nature
  • Musée de la poupée (dolls)
  • Elyse’s tour in the Marais

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Chartres Cathedral, Episode 26

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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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Road Trip in France, Episode 25


Menton, France, road trip in France
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

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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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