Sergio and his partner Nicolas spent an action-packed week in Paris, September 19th-26th, 2015. They planned this whole trip by themselves, starting with a well-situated hotel at a good price: Hôtel Cluny Square. They also got a Paris Pass which means they prepaid for many of the best museums in Paris and avoided many lines–not all as we will see below!
On this trip report Letitia tells us about her first trip to France and outside of the USA. She was part of a big group who came to France to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Their group stayed in Granville as their home-base and went around to visit different places around Normandy.
Places mentioned on the show: Sainte-Mère-Église, Granville, Mont-Saint-Michel, Omaha Beach, American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer
Janice is a retired (How is that even possible? Look at her!) Elementary School Principal who has a passion for France and has visited so many times I declare her to be an honorary local. When she’s not driving around France she’s working on her second passion, a travel website called France Travel Tips. In this episode we talk about the many unique experiences she’s had in France and some of the great tips she can share with us to help us have a better time in France AND save some money along the way!
Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.
Places Mentioned on the Show: Pauillac, Marathon du Médoc, Marathon de Paris, Gordes, École des Trois Ponts in Riorges, the restaurant Troigros in Roanne, Music at the Sainte Chapelle, Music at Église Saint Germain des Près , Patricia Kaas concert Nancy, Olympia Concert Hall in Paris, Saint Malo, Biarritz, Saint Sébastien, Saint Jean de Luz, Toulouse, Albi, Carcassonne, Provence, restaurant La Truie qui Doute in Anduze, Saint Antonin Noble Val, Eiffel Tower, Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Collias, Pont du Gard, Inisttut du Monde Arabe Support the show on Patreon.
Marathon du Médoc (see photo above with the Flash Gordon runners)
Marathon de Paris
The Médoc and Paris Marathons are very different, Janice explains what she liked in both. To run a marathon in France you need to get a doctor’s certificate that will state that you are fit enough to participate.
Studying French at the École des Trois Ponts in Riorges where she particularly enjoyed the informal conversations and the cooking classes.
Making Macarons at the Cordon Bleu with a teacher who only speaks French (translator provided) and helps the students make their own.
Janice also loves Angelina’s Hot Chocolate on rue de Rivoli, it’s topped with whipped cream, but it’s OK because she runs marathons the rest of the time!
Listening to Music in Paris at the Sainte Chapelle where she heard the Four Seasons. You can see the beautiful stained glass and hear approachable music at the same time. Janice also attended a concert at the Église Saint Germain des Près. To find more concerts in France go to a FNAC store or the ticket office at any large grocery store.
Side note on how Casinos in France have strict entry rules. You need ID to enter and Annie explains why.
Janice goes through a typical day for her in France. She likes to rent a Gîte from Gîtes de France or HomeAway, she likes to go to the market in the morning, go to a café, go visit a town and explore, take some photos, go to a restaurant, enjoy some wine (a pichet of wine). We explain how restaurants often do not want to substitute anything for the wine that comes with the meal.
Driving in France: Janice got two speeding tickets on her last trip from radars, once for going 7 over the speed limit. Annie got one for going 3 over the speed limit! Don’t speed in France! Also, how do you pay for a parking ticket in France? Janice explains because she had to do it! Use cruise control so you do not go over the speed limit and you’ll be fine.
Spending New Year’s Eve in Paris and a typical meal for Holidays in France. The Eiffel Tower is blocked off but you can have a spectacular view of the light show from the bridge called Pont de Bir-Hakeim. Another Paris tip: you can get a great view onto Notre Dame and the Seine Lookingfrom the Institut du Monde Arabe. Going to the top is free!
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