Episode 22 Canal du Midi

Bridge over the Canal du Midi
Photo Peter Gugerel

The Canal du Midi is a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage Site and Europe’s best engineering achievements of the 1700s. This long-awaited canal was designed to open up the landlocked area of Toulouse to commerce and make it possible to go between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean without going all the way around Portugal and Spain.  The man who designed the Canal du Midi and carried the project, Pierre Paul Riquet, was a man of the Enlightenment who brought human as well as technological innovations to the Southwest of France.

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By now, the Canal du Midi is not as vital to commerce as it once was, but it has not lost any of its charm. Amateurs of slow travel take cruises on the canal by the thousands each year, and many more enjoy walks and bike rides along its beautiful banks. You should definitely include a stop on the Canal du Midi next time you visit Southwestern France!

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The Louvre Museum, Episode 21

The Louvre Museum in Paris

Louvre Museum courtyard and pyramid
Photo Benh Lieu Song

Let us take you to the Louvre Museum to explore the best way to visit such a huge museum.  Largest number of visitors in the world? Check! Second biggest the world? Check! Stunningly gorgeous? Definitely!

It is true that you could spend a few months in the Louvre Museum looking at everything and still not see it all. But don’t let that intimidate you. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves in this episode that will save you time and allow you to go to the art you have been longing to see.

If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to Episode 63 about doing a Treasure Hunt in the Louvre.

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Episode Highlights

  • Introduction: How did it get so big and famous?
  • Biggest in the world? Yes and no
  • The Louvre Museum as a building
  • Maps, Bathrooms, and Wheelchair Access
  • What If You Don’t Have Enough Time in Paris?
  • A Brief History of the Building
    • 1400s through the 1600s
    • Late 1600s
    • How the Louvre Became a Museum
    • Denis Diderot
    • French Revolution
    • Under Napoleon
  • Workshops
  • Collections
  • World War II
  • The most important wings
  • More on the collections
  • Annie’s complaint about the Mona Lisa
  • Get organized! This is how
  • The Pyramid by I.M.Pei
  • How to avoid the lines
  • How Much Time Should you Spend?
  • The Denon Wing
  • The Mona Lisa
  • The Carousel Shopping Mall and Louvre Entrance
    • Group entrance
  • Conclusion: don’t skip the Louvre, it is a marvelous experience! By checking out this podcast and preparing your visit, you are doing it right. Decide what art you’re most interested in ahead of time and make sure to see that. It is so big and has such rich collections, that we can say with certainty that there is a great find for everyone at the Louvre Museum!

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Top Attractions in Albi, Episode 20

 

Albi

Top Attractions in Albi

This week on Join Us in France, Elyse takes us to the beautiful city of Albi in Southwestern France. This city is the home of world-famous artist Toulouse-Lautrec and has a large museum dedicated to his work. It also has one of the most interesting fortress Cathedrals in France, which is said to be the biggest brick building in the world. And it is also a World Heritage UNESCO site.

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If you want to see some beautiful part of France that is off the beaten track yet has a lot to offer, Albi is for you!

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