Katie and Nathan’s favorite area of France were the Verdon Gorge, Provence and Carcassonne. They loved the hikes, the Mediterranean, the friendly people they ran into, the food, the wine, the whole experience was fantastic. Katie and Nathan are from Durham, North Carolina. She’s 26 and a teacher and he’s 29 and a mechanical engineer.
This is the third part of a 3-part series with Katie and Nathan:
Ep. 120 is on Colmar and Alsace.
Ep. 121 next week is going to be on Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps.
Ep. 122 the week after that is going to be on Verdon Gorge, Provence, and Carcassonne.
Places Mentioned in this Episode: Artignoc-sur-Verdon, Moissac-Bellevue, Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Château Fontainebleau du Var, Quinson, Verdon Gorge, Canal du Verdon, Riez, Carcassonne, Auberge de Jeunesse in Carcassonne.
On today’s show we go to Marseille and Provence with a French Expat, Isabelle Hall, who has been living in Texas for a long time, but grew up in Provence and knows it like the back of her hand! If you like this episode, you will also probably like episode 66 on Arles, episode 65 on the Pont du Gard, and episode 33 on Aix-en-Provence. At the end of the show [1’07”] I also answer a question from a listener about whether to book your SNCF train tickets in advance or not.
Places Mentioned in this Episode: Marseille, Corniche, Calanques, Sausset-les-Pins, Carry-le-Rouet, Venise Provençale, Martigues, Château d’If, Iles du Frioul, Cassis, Vieux Port, Canebière, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Aix-en-Provence. Visiting Provence? Find the Best Deals & Reviews at TripAdvisor.
Claire is French-American, she was born in Nîmes to a French father and an American mother. Her family moved to the US when she was a few years old, but her first language was French. Growing up in the US, she lost most of her French, but she spent her Junior year of High School in France and it all came back. Her American life has been infused with French culture and she shares some great tips about how to get to know France like a local.
Places Mentioned in this Episode
Aix-en-Provence, Lambesc, Arles, Aigues-Morte, Grau-du-Roi, Aimargues, Sommières, Grotte des Demoiselles, Uzès, Nîmes, Barbentane, Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet, Gorges du Tarn.
The Cannes Film Festival draws big names and big crowds, but on the day of its birth it seemed to be heading towards failure. On the occasion of the 69th International Film Festival opened in Cannes on Wed, May 5th 2016, we look back at this annual ritual starting with its humble first iteration and discuss some of the movies that were celebrated over the years.
Let’s go to Provence and Chamonix with Matt, his wife and two daughters. Matt tells you what it takes to have a grand time in France with your children and shares what their greatest day in France was and why. Let me warn you: it is NOT on any of the top 10 lists you may have read, this is one of those places that turns out to be a wonderful surprise.
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Places Mentioned on the Show: Provence and Chamonix, Toulouse, Port-Lauragais Rest Stop, Tarrascon, Beaucaire, Carrières de Lumière, Château des Baux de Provence, Côtes du Rhone Wine Driving Tour, Saintes Maries de la Mer, Tiki in Camargue, Vaison-la-Romaine, Suzette, Arles, Bull Games in Arles, Van Gogh Easles, Lubéron, Abbey de Sénanques, Joucas, Le Sentier des Ocres in Roussillon, Le Pont du Gard, Musée Haribo (Uzès), Annecy, Alpine Slide, Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi, Mer de Glace, Le Brévent, La Flégère
French Tip of the Week: “attrape-couillon” = something that catches suckers.
4:35′ They had to drive through Toulouse, why didn’t they stop?
5:30′ If you park your car somewhere in France loaded with luggage, will you get robbed? How can you avoid that?
7:10′ Why is the speed limit around cities so low?
9:45′ The Rest Stop Matt mentions near Carcassonne is called Port-Lauragais.
11:30′ Tarrascon, not a touristy city, but a central location.
13:10′ Provence Markets, Six kinds of tapenade and Brandade de Morue.
15:00′ Beaucaire, its market, differences between life in Provence and the South West of France. Cicadas are loud indeed!
17:10′ Carrières de Lumière at Baux de Provence.
21:10 Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. You could also get on a Tiki boat to see the Camargue from the marsh. The church is a must-see if you go!
24:20′ Vaison-la-Romaine, that one was a bust for them because the kids had seen enough Roman Ruins! They weren’t impressed with French pizza either.
25:30′ Côte du Rhone wine driving tour and the town of Suzette. Rosé Côte du Rhone. How wine is priced in France and what wines get exported.
28:00′ Arles and the Bull Games. Those are no-kill bull races where men run around trying to get ribbons off the horns of the bull. Family-friendly atmosphere.
31:00′ Parking in France is a lot easier when you know how to parallel park!
32:15′ French Tip of the Week: “attrape-couillon” = something that catches suckers.
33:00′ Lubéron. They intended to see Gordes, Joucas and Roussillon, but Gordes was too crowded, there was nowhere to park at Abbeye de Sénanque so they just saw it from the road. Parking can be a problem in those super popular areas. They stopped at Joucas and enjoyed it, there is a nice playground there.
36:09′ Le Sentier des Ocres in Roussillon, this is a ocre cliff hike, 45mn, fairly easy.
38:35′ Pont du Gard and Haribo Museum Kids weren’t impressed with the bridge, we discuss some ways to make it better.
42:00′ They rented an apartment right in the middle of Annecy and loved it!
44:00′ Tartiflette and Reblochon and many other cheeses such as Gruyère, Tome de Savoie, Beaufort, Cantal. What were the kid’s favorite foods on this trip? Saucisse de Toulouse, Merguez.
48:00′ Luge, cows and bells. How you buy local cheese or wine from locals in France.
49:20′ How 4th of July and Bastille Day events compare. Hint: Bastille Day isn’t much to write home about!
52:00′ Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi and Mer de Glace, magical activities. The other side is Le Brévent and Flégère, this was probably their favorite day in the whole trip!
Why does the French city of Arles have more Roman ruins than Paris? How did it get so big in the Antiquity and is now a middle-sized secondary city? On this episode I share how my visit went and all the things I discovered and how each discovery led to wonderful stories. As a visitor with limited time I had to make the same choices you’ll have to make when you go. The good folks at the tourism office gave us a long list of monuments we you could visit, but when it comes to choosing just a few he tried to stir us towards one that doesn’t get so many visitors hoping smaller crowd would give us a better experience. I have a different approach. I tell you what’s there and you decide how you’d like to organize your visit. At any rate Arles is definitely lovely and well-worth a visit. The sites are stunning and the hospitality industry well developed. Get planning right now by listening to the show!
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