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Cave Paintings in France around Foix, Episode 48

Cave paintings in Niaux near FoixCave Paintings in France around Foix

Today we talk about cave paintings in France near the city of Foix. So much history there, going all the way back to 15,000 years ago! And just to get warmed up, we begin with the famous tongue twister: “Il était une fois, dans la ville de Foix, un marchand de foie, qui vendait du foie dans la ville de Foix. Il se dit “Ma foi, c’est la première foi, et la dernière foi, que je vends du foie dans la ville de Foix.” Can you say it? Don’t worry, it’s not required for you to go visit Foix and the cave painting sites nearby. And unlike Lascaux, the actual cave in Niaux is open to the public and you visit with a flashlight! Enjoy the show and Happy New Year!

Foix, Niaux cave, Gabriel Fauré, the Parc de la Préhistoire, La Vache cave, the Labouiche underground river, the cave of Bedeilhac, the thermal stations of Ussat-les-bains and Aulus-les-bains , Les Forges du Pyrène, Ariège


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Bayonne France in the Basque Country, Episode 47


Bull Fighting in Bayonne France

Bayonne France in the Basque Country

Today we take you to Bayonne France in the Basque Country. Bayonne is a  place of notable character, culture, history, and it has so much to offer to today’s visitor too! Both Elyse and I love the place and we  tell you why. And we wish you Happy Holidays French style too at the end of the show. Enjoy!

These are the Bayonne hotels we recommend. To hear our discussion of hotels in this episode, skip to [48:34].

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

If you enjoy this episode, you should also listen to Bayonne, Part 2  and Episode 44 on nearby Bordeaux.

Show Highlights

  • Introduction to Bayonne France
  • Historical Center
  • What makes Bayonne so interesting?
    • Bayonne and the history of chocolate
    • The Bayonet and French Military History
  • Things to do, see and eat
    • Bayonne Ham
    • Piment d’Espelette
    • Poulet Basquaise
    • Basque Cheese
  • The Cathedral of Sainte Marie in Bayonne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The oldest bullfighting arena in France
  • Hotels

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Sarlat, Lascaux and More in the Dordogne, Episode 46

Beynac Village Castle and River
Beynac Village and Castle

Sarlat, Lascaux and More in the Dordogne, Episode 46

In this episode we take you to the Dordogne area for the first time. The Dordogne in South Western France is a visitor’s dream come true: within a few dozen miles you’ll see Sarlat, Lascaux (cave paintings!), the Medieval Castle of Beynac, the castle of Castelnaud with its great children’s activities, the UNESCO World Heritage valley of the Vézère with its fifteen pre-historical sites, and the Cro-Magnon village of Les Eyzies. So much to do in this area, we probably didn’t bring them all up. Please add your must-see in the Dordogne the comments after the fold.




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