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Marseille and Provence with a French Expat, Episode 118

Marseille and Provence with a French Expat

Isabelle Hall and her daughter
Isabelle Hall and her daughter


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.
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To Prepare for your Trip: La Gloire de Mon Père


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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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Normandy WW2 Trip Report, Episode 116

Normandy WW2 Trip Report

Normandy WW2 Paratrooper Veteran
Phil Meets a WW2 Paratrooper Veteran who jumped over Normandy 70+ years ago.


Normandy WW2 Trip Report with my guest, Phil Roberson, who  shares his great passion for WW2 history, how he has visited many battle landmarks in Normandy, and the appeal they had for him (and possibly you too!)  D-Day happened on June 6th, 1944 and there has been extraordinary interest and curiosity about Operation Overlord or the “débarquement” as the French call it. The American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer receives one million visitors per year. Would you like to be one of them?

Places Mentioned in this Episode: Omaha Beach, American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Arromanches, Bayeux, Museum of WW2 in Massachusetts, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte-Mère-Église, Utah Beach.
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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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Book to Prepare for your Trip: The Markets of Provence


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Southwest of France with Children Trip Report, Episode 114

Southwest of France with Children


Southwest of France Jennifer Ditchburn



Jennifer Ditchburn visited the southwest of France with her husband and children in June 2016 and she comes on the show today to share some of the highlights of their experience. Jennifer is the Editor in Chief of a magazine called Policy Options in Canada, she speaks beautiful French and has visited France on several occasions. But, this is her first time in France with her children, so they selected child-friendly activities. Because we recorded this episode the day the results of the Brexit were announced and because Jennifer is a political junkie, we discuss this news event at the beginning of the show as well.

Hotels Recommended in this Episode

People often ask me to recommend a hotel in Toulouse, and it’s hard for me to answer because in Toulouse I sleep in my own bed! I recommended the  Novotel Compans Caffarelli to Jennifer and her family because it’s close to everything at a reasonable price and has a good reputation. Jennifer and family liked it very much. I would also recommend you look at the Mercure Compans Caffarelli because that’s where Airbus sends a lot of business visitors and they all seem happy with it.

 

Places Mentioned in this Episode

Montpellier, Plage de l’Espiguette, Arriège, Foix, Sète, Toulouse, Niaux, Paris.

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To Prepare for Your Trip: The Return of Martin Guerre


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Two Dads in Paris Part 2, Episode 112

Two Dads in Paris Carousel featured in Midnight in Paris
Carousel seen in Midnight in Paris.


Two Dads in Paris Part 2

Two Dads in Paris is the continuation of Annie’s conversation with David about their second trip to Paris, episode 111. That time they ventured into The Louvre and the Orsay museum and David gives great advice on how to do that with a child. They chose a hotel in the Marais which they loved, even if it was a bit of a splurge.

***visited the Louvre as well as the Orsay Museun, visited the Père Lacahise Cemetery (and offer some great tips about that!), and had some fabulous food. David also talks about their third visit to Paris, a day-trip from London, when they took the Eurostar and visited the Musée des Arts Forains in Bercy.

Hotels Recommended in this Episode: Le Pavillon de la Reine

Places Mentioned in this Episode: Louvre, Orsay, Père Lachaise, Eurostar Train, Musée des Arts Forains, Saint Ouen Flee Market

French Learning Ressources Mentioned on the Show: Rosetta Stone and Duo Lingo.

Restaurant Recommendations:  Café Pouchkine, L’As du Falafel, Chez Robert et Louise, Benoit, Royal Turenne


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