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Getting Caught in a Terror Attack in France, Episode 116S

Getting Caught in a Terror Attack in France, Episode 116 Special

Steve and Sarah taking a selfie during the fireworks in Nice
Steve and Sarah taking a selfie during the fireworks in Nice


Steve Stegman and his daughter Sarah were caught in the terror attack in France that happened in Nice on the night of Bastille Day 2016. Steve is a fan of the show and sent in a question about visiting the south of France that I answered on Episode 91. At the time he wanted  to know about beach attire in France, recommendations on where to visit, rent a car or not. Then, a couple of days after the Bastille Day attack in Nice I was shocked to get a Facebook message from him indicating that he and his daughter were in Nice watching the fireworks and got caught in the mayhem. Thankfully they were not hurt, but 84 people died on that day, and many more were injured. Steve and Sarah tell us what happened and how they are grateful to the people of Nice who stepped in to assist.

Places Mentioned on this Episode: WizEat Service, Avignon, the Festival d’Avignon, les Baux de Provence, Uzes, Pont du Gard, Nice.
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Camargue and Gard Trip Report, Episode 115

Camargue and Gard Trip Report

Claire and her husband in Carcassonne.
Claire and her husband in Carcassonne.

The Camargue and Gard are magical places. Today Claire tells us about three French departments that she knows well: the Bouches-du-Rhône (13), the Gard (30), and the Hérault (34), which are neatly tucked between Provence and the Southwest, and are off the beaten track as far as French tourists are concerned.

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.

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The Cannes Film Festival, Episode 110

Cannes Film Festival photo Cal4beach
Cannes Film Festival photo Cal4beach


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.

Recommended Hotel: in Cannes we like the Okko Hotel Centre.

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