Episode 39 Montparnasse, the Catacombs, and French Cemeteries

Montparnasse, the Catocombs, and French Cemeteries

Paris as seen from the Tour Montparnasse
Paris as seen from the Tour Montparnasse. Photo Benh LIEU SONG.

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!

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The Bayeux Tapestry, Episode 38

Bayeux Tapestry, Harold's Death
Harold’s Death

The Bayeux Tapestry

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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Episode Highlights

  • 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
  • Incredible craftsmanship
  • During WWII
  • 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!

If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to Episode 116, Episode 101, and Episode 18S.

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Episode 37 Marseille

Marseille, France

Marseille France

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!

Episode Highlights

  • 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
  • Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
  • 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
  • Conclusion

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