Montparnasse, the Catocombs, and French Cemeteries
Today we are going to talk about the area of Paris called Montparnasse. Montparnasse is “younger” than most of Paris, a nice place to stay not too far from the city center on a smaller budget, and a major transportation hub. As we are releasing this episode close to Halloween, we also talk about two places in the Montparnasse area that are creepy: the Montparnasse Cemetery and the Catacombs. Both are well-worth a visit, and we explain why in this episode. Enjoy!
Today on Join Us in France we take you to Bayeux, the prettiest little city in lower Normandy and a place where everyone seems to speak English! Bayeux is a must-see city for history buffs for many reasons, starting with those two: the Bayeux Tapestry and WWII history. This, and more, on today’s show. Enjoy!
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A brief history
What is the city famous for today
Local food specialties
Vikings in Normandy
What is the Bayeux Tapestry about?
Harold betrays William
William the Conqueror and the armada
Harold gets killed by an arrow that went through his eye
The beginning of French influence on England
Work of art and documentation of history
70 meters long, it is an embroidered scroll more than a tapestry
Superb colors and intricate details
Tells a story much like a comic strip would today
The Cathedral and surroundings today
Medieval Festival the first week-end of July
Other things you can visit nearby having to do with WWII
Calvados, the drink and the department
Conclusion: Bayeux is a great central location from which to visit Normandy, the Bayeux Tapestry is a must-see, the city center is gorgeous, and the people are friendly. If you’re looking to get out of Paris, this may be the place for you!
Today on Join Us in France we take you to the beautiful port city of Marseille in France. You may see an “s” at the end of Marseille in English, but not in French. Being French and stubborn, I will not add the “s”!
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Marseille is the oldest city in France and we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t deserve the bad reputation going around the internet. In Marseille you get lovely weather, great beaches, interesting museums, lots of ports and chances to get on the water, great food–can you say Bouillabaisse?!–great churches to visit and it’s a very popular cruise ship stop too! If you’ve never visited you need to get down there, you will not regret it!
Marseille in the movies
France tourism news
A brief history of Marseille
The Black Pleague
Why is the French national anthem called “La Marseillaise”?
Influxes of population in Marseille
Marseille during WWII
Marseille and the Pieds-Noirs
Marseille is the French melting-pot
Must-Sees in Marseille
La Cité Radieuse by architect Le Corbusier
Food in Marseille: la Bouillabaisse
If you’re stopping in Marseille on a cruise stop
Some things you need to know about taking the bus in France