Top Attractions in Toulouse, Episode 31

Top Attractions in Toulouse

Toulouse Saint Sernin, Top attractions in Toulouse
Saint Sernin Basilica, photo Annie Sargent

Today, Elyse shares with us the Top Attractions in Toulouse. It was hard to limit ourselves to 7 because this is our home town, but we have to start somewhere! No more excuses, you need to come visit Toulouse! Why do we say something so bold? We tell you all about it in this, episode 31 of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast.

It is significant that this is episode 31. Do you know why?

As a native of the city, Annie is proud to report that Lonely Planet recommends our home as one of their Top Ten destinations in Europe for 2014. To which we say: What took them so long?!

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Episode Highlights

  • Top Attractions in Toulouse
  • A city in the shape of a heart
  • Tearing down the fortification walls
  • A charming city
  • A city for young people
  • 7 things you should not miss when you come to Toulouse
    1. Saint-Sernin Basilica
    2. The Capitole and the reception gallery “Salle des Illustres”
    3. Les Jacobins
    4. Renaissance mansions in Toulouse
    5. Walk along the banks of the Garonne River
    6. The Canal du Midi
    7. Food Markets in Toulouse
  • The first two weeks of August are dead in Toulouse
  • The 4th July party for Americans in Toulouse
  • Civil wedding in Toulouse
  • Other top attractions in Toulouse: City Parks
  • Aviation in Toulouse
  • Food in Toulouse
  • Conclusion: How to come to Toulouse

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Best Covered Passages in Paris, Episode 29

 Best covered passages in Paris, shopping

Best Covered Passages in Paris

This week we look at the Best Covered Passages in Paris (we call them “galeries” in French) and why return visitors to the City of Light should definitely consider visiting the some. There are lots of them, but we have our favorites, which is why we are concentrating on the best covered passages in Paris.

Elyse explains how they came to be historically, why she likes them so much, and suggests a few you may want to concentrate on because they offer particularly wonderful architecture or ambiance.

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Episode Highlights

    • What are the Covered Passages?
    • Where are the best covered passages in Paris?
    • How French Kings and Noblemen created the Galleries
    • The Galleries were the original shopping malls
    • The Best Passages in Paris:
      • Passage Panorama (Near Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, 1799)
      • Passage Jouffroy (1847)
      • Passage Verdeau (think “verre d’eau!”, 1847)
      • Galerie Vivienne (Palais Royal area)
      • Galerie VĂ©ro-Daudat
      • Passage Brady (ehtnic foods from Pakistan and India)
      • Galerie Colbert near the Bibliothèque Nationale
      • Passage du Grand Cerf between rue Saint-Denis and place de la RĂ©publique
      • Passage des Princes
      • Passage de Choiseul (1825, had theaters and cabarets)

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Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris, Episode 27

Le Marais Place des Vosges
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Le Marais Neighborhood in Paris

Today on episode 27 of Join Us in France we explore Le Marais neighborhood in Paris. Yes, it used to be a swamp, but be assured it hasn’t been one for many centuries! The Marais is one of the oldest, most charming neighborhoods of Paris, full of windy streets, wonderful restaurants, antique shops, small museums, and Elyse can’t get enough of it.

If you love our approach to travel and want to tour France with us, visit Addicted to France to look at upcoming tours.

Episode Highlights

  • Historical Backgroud of Le Marais neighborhood in Paris
  • Knights Templars
  • Later developments with Henry IV
  • Place des Vosges
  • Village Saint-Paul
  • There are many museums in Le Marais
  • Jewish Museum in Le Marais
  • Brunch is the new trend in France
  • Le Marais as a gay neighborhood
  • The feel of Paris
  • More Must-See in Le Marais
    • Place des Vosges
    • HĂ´tel de Sully
    • MusĂ©e Carnavalet (at least peek in the courtyard)
  • Picasso Museum
  • Cognacq-Jay (free)
  • HĂ´tel de Soubise
  • Victor-Hugo apartment (free)
  • Maison EuropĂ©enne de la Photographie
  • MusĂ©e de la chasse et de la nature
  • MusĂ©e de la poupĂ©e (dolls)
  • Elyse’s tour in the Marais

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