Podcast About France

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Join Us in France is the home of a weekly podcast about France. Not a generalist travel site, but a France-specific site. Our goal is to help you discover France and prepare your next vacation one topic at a time and one show at a time. It’s a vast subject, we believe in taking things slowly so you can also enjoy it in the moment.

Annie and Elyse launched the show in Feb 2014. For most of the first year, the shows were conversations between the two of them, places where Elyse had guided groups or places Annie had visited recently. Then Elyse, who had been very generous with her time, became less available and the show had to change format, but Elyse still comes on the show about once a month, as her time permits. Annie invites various guests on the show and sometimes also produces solo shows on various topics having to do with French culture, food, wine, places and attractions.

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18 thoughts on “Podcast About France”

  1. These podcasts are a wonderful resource for anyone planning a trip to France.
    They are fun and full of great information to help you get the most out of your trip.
    Elyse and Annie have a great rapport and we look forward to listening to each episode.

  2. Thank you Randy and Deen, and welcome to Join Us in France! You’re absolutely right, visitors who make the effort to prepare their trips get a lot more out of them. We might think it’s easier to show up and look around for a few minutes and go home, but those who do that won’t understand what they’re looking at and will promptly forget it too. So thumbs up for prepared travellers!

  3. I’m thrilled to have found your podcast! Like Elyse I studied French in school through college with the hope of living in France some day … Well marriage, a family and now an illness that has left me home bound for the past seven years has eluded that dream. But your podcast brings France to me with your engaging and descriptive conversations – I visualize it all!

  4. I’ve been trying to give you a rating, but can’t figure out how to do it. But don’t quit! Your podcasts are wonderful–informative and very entertaining. Great combination. How about an episode on Aigues-Mortes?

    1. Hello Mary and welcome to Join Us in France! Here are some tips on how to write a review in iTunes:

      1. Open the iTunes application, click on the home button (it looks like a small house), sign in to iTunes (you need an account to write a review).
      2. In the search box (on my version it’s on the top right) enter Join Us in France,
      3. Click on the Join Us in France logo (picture with Eiffel Tower in the middle).
      4. To the right of the logo there are three tabs: Details, Ratings and Reviews, and Related. Click on Ratings and Reviews.
      5. Here you see all the reviews submitted by people who live in your country. There is a small grey button that says “Write a Review”, click on that and fill out the boxes.

      Thank you so much for doing that, it’s more convoluted that it should be!

  5. You’re podcasts are great! I found you through the Amateur Traveler and have listened to several episodes. I am reliving several trips as I listen. I hope to travel to Lyon and Dijon this fall—maybe you can add an episode with some thoughts on this area?

    Thanks! Keep up the great work!

  6. I also heard you both on Amateur Traveller and subscribed to your podcasts. I am going on two river cruises back to back in Sept and have gotten a lot of useful information from your podcasts. Have been in France before and seen a lot of Paris but this gives info about more than the usual tourist sites. THANKS! Don’t quit.

    1. Hello Geri and welcome to Join Us in France! Thank you for the kind words and have fun on your river cruises! I love ocean cruises, one of these days I should try a river cruise 🙂

  7. Hi Elyse and Annie,
    I love your insights into France, and your easy and relaxed rapport that flows between you both, even when disagreeing.

    Are you planning on doing some podcasts on the other arrondissemonts of Paris?

    Yes please do accommodation alternatives for people wanting to stay maybe a month or so in Paris, such as apartments and how to navigate that successfully.

    1. Hello George and welcome to Join Us in France! Thank you for the kind words 🙂 We will certainly podcast more about other places in Paris, lots and lots to see and talk about! For people who want to stay 1+ month anywhere in France I usually recommend a Gîte (really good for rural stays) but a new great option now is Air B & B. I’ve had both experiences with both, you do have to spend a lot of time reading reviews and making sure you find a good match, but those are two good options. May I ask you how you heard about the show?

  8. Just found your podcast about 10 days ago and have already listened to a few of them and will support your program. We are moving to France later this year (near Geneva but in France), are semi retired grandparents chasing our grandchildren, don’t even speak french… although we hope to learn, and it is a great help to find out about the different areas in France we can visit, the food, the culture, etc. Your podcasts have been the easiest to listen to, the most informative and specific. In fact we are already planning trips based on your podcasts! Keep up the good work.

    1. Hello and welcome to Join Us in France! Moving to France is a great adventure, you will love it and hate it at different times of the day! How did you find out about the podcast?

      1. itunes! I was looking for information about France, what to do, the language, the culture, etc. Your program fit the bill. And I will use your podcasts to discover France, taste the food, understand the regional differences and, hopefully, let some Frenchness rub off!


  9. I am an American and wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your podcast. I love France and have been there on vacation 6 times. Your podcasts always make me want to go back soon.

  10. Dear Annie and Elysse,
    I know you’re not in Paris, but sending well wishes to you during this horrible time in Paris. I hope that all of your family and friends are safe.
    Warmest wishes,

  11. I signed up for your newsletter (several attempts) but have not received anything in my inbox. I am new to the podcast and have already plowed through about twenty episodes. I love it.

    I follow on facebook too, but would love to get your announcements in e-mail.

    Thank you,

    P.S. I spent the month of May 2015 in Paris. One big highlight of that trip was visiting Vaux-Le-Vicomte on a Tuesday morning. There were about 12 others therer that day so it seemed like we had the place to ourselves.

    1. Hello Brenda and welcome to Join Us in France! I am so glad you are enjoying the show, and thank you for reaching out. I checked and you are subscribed to the newsletter, you’re not getting anything because I haven’t been sending anything out the last many weeks. The good news is that I have been cutting back on how much time I spend on the Join Us Facebook page, so there’s hope for the newsletter. Thank you for the tip on Vaux-le-Vicomte, it is absolutely true that any time you get away from the super famous sites (not that Vaux-le-Vicomte isn’t famous!) you feel like you’re the only ones there. Listeners, follow Brenda’s good example, get away from Paris, the rest of France is beautiful too!

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