French Pastries of Southern France, Episode 34

French Pastries of Southern France

A Collection of French Pastries
Can you name any of those pastries? Miniatures by Luce Fédière

Every country has a tradition of sweet desserts, but what makes French pasties so famous? On today’s show we are taking you on a Tour de France in Pastries, and specifically the pastries of the south of France. As you probably know, pâtisseries are to die for in France, and that’s because there is a rich regional tradition for making the prettiest and tastiest desserts possible. When I lived in America I realized something important: in France it’s not enough to make a beautiful pastries, it has to taste out of this world too! Let’s sink our teeth in French pastries today!

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French people don’t eat pâtisseries every day, but when we do, we seek the best. We tell you all about it in today’s show and the topic is so large that we divided it up in two shows. Today we concentrate on the pastries of Southern France, next week we go North. Enjoy!

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Episode Highlights

  • How Do We Define French pastry?
  • Dessert Specialties of Southern France
    • Flan pâtissier
    • Gâteau Basque
    • Pastis Landais
    • Canelés de Bordeau
    • Clafoutis
    • Gâteau au yaourt
    • Croustade
    • Prunaux à l’Armagnac
    • Tarte Tropézienne
    • Les Navettes
    • Canestry in Corsica
    • Pogne de Romans
    • Échaudé in Albi
    • Crême Catalane and Rousquilles from Perpignan
    • French Dessert Traditions
    • Galette des rois (King’s Cakes)
    • Crêpes at the Chandeleur (Candlemas)

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Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence, Episode 33

Top attractions in Aix-en-Provence, Aix city center.

Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence

What are the top attractions in Aix-en-Provence and how did it get so famous? Let me get to the point right away: it’s beautiful, it has a rich history, great food, even better wine, a fantastic local culture and lifestyle. Yes, but what specifically? And what should you be sure to visit when you go? All the answers are in this episode!

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Books Mentioned on this Episode:  L’Œuvre by Emile Zola and Alcools by Apolinaire

Episode Highlights

  • Aix-en-Provence, the gateway to the Provence area
  • Where did the name come from?
  • Aix-en-Provence History
    • Roman Empire
    • The city loses its privileged position
    • Becoming part of the French Kingdom
    • The Wars of Religion
    • Aix, the “Sleeping Beauty”
    • What put Aix back on the map
  • Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence today
  • French people rediscover Provence
  • Author Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne had a falling out
  • Aix as a typical example of Provence architecture
  • The perfect place to for lunch: the Cours Mirabeau
  • Shopping center Les Allées Provençales.
  • A great place for people who love the sun!
  • The Granet Museum
  • Annie’s favorite top attraction in Aix-en-Provence: the Cézanne painting studio
  • Festival d’Arts Lyriques in Aix every July
  • Elyse’s favorite top attractions in Aix-en-Provence: the Saturday open-air market in Aix
  • The Aix Christmas market and handmade Santons
  • Calissons d’Aix
  • Movies about Provence: Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources
  • Provence Food: Aïoli Recipe by Jamie Oliver

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Episode 32 Vacation in France

Vacation in France in July and August

Saint Rémy de Provence
Saint Rémy de Provence

This week on Join Us in France we welcome Elyse back and talk about the many things that happen in France as soon as school vacations roll around. Every year it’s the same: most French people go into vacation mode and many things change all around the country. Does that change anything for visitors? Yes, it certainly does! To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, let us say that an ounce of vacation planning is worth a pound of cure. We touch on summer traffic jams, how French people return to family homes, the difficulties of finding a restaurant open on a Sunday night, and the general ambiance in various regions along French coasts, and much more. Enjoy the show!

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