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Colmar and Alsace, Episode 120

Colmar and Alsace Trip Report with Katie and Nathan

Katie and Nathan in Colmar
Katie and Nathan in Colmar

On today’s episode we follow Katie and Nathan on their visit to their visit to Colmar and Alsace with excursions to Riquevihr, Hunawihr, and the Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg.  Katie and Nathan are from Durham, North Carolina. She’s 26 and a teacher and he’s 29 and a mechanical engineer. They visited France in June 2016.

This is the first part of a 3-part series of episodes with Katie and Nathan:

  1. Ep. 120 is on Colmar and Alsace.
  2. Ep. 121 next week is going to be on Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps.
  3. Ep.  122 the week after that is going to be on Verdon Gorge, Provence, and Carcassonne.

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Places Mentioned in this Episode: Colmar, Riquevihr, Hunawihr, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Alsace.
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Road Trip in France, Episode 25


Menton, France, road trip in France
Menton, France

Road Trip in France

This week on Join Us in France, we take you on a road trip in France with Laura.

Have you ever heard of France being referred to as “The Hexagon”? If you haven’t, you soon will. Laura K. Lawless and discusses her trip to the six corners of the hexagon, i.e. the six corners of France. She and her husband embarked on a long road trip in France and explored the country for several weeks. In this interview, we ask her how it went, what they saw, and what they enjoyed most along the way. You can also check out Laura’s blog about the adventure if you want to dig deeper into their itinerary Six Corners of the Hexagon Blog.

If you like this episode you should also listen to Episode 16, Driving in France and Episode 138, Tips for Driving in France

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Laura is also an on-line French teacher Lawless French where she gives wonderful tips and exercises that make it easy to learn French. She has something for everyone, as a complete beginner you can learn basics such as numbers and the alphabet, but as a more advanced French speaker you will learn linguistic tidbits that will help you catch on to small

French subtleties that foreigners usually don’t grasp. Annie contributes audio recordings in French for Laura, so if you want to hear Annie speak more French, that’s where you’ll find it. If you’re planning on coming to France soon, we can’t recommend learning the language strongly enough, even if you only have time to learn the basics, it will make your trip much better. No more excuses, go learn some French!

Have a time on your road trip in France!

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Driving in France, Episode 16

Drinving in France, road with bend

Driving in France

In this episode, Annie and guest David talk about driving in France. Should you rent a car? How safe is it? Is driving hectic in France? We start with misconceptions, then we explain differences you should know about, and we also give you tips so you can relax. Have you considered setting out on your own to explore the French countryside? This episode will help you decide if it’s for you or not. Where will you go? Vineyards? French villages? Renting a car does open a lot of options for you!

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«I just returned from a trip to France. We could not take a train due to the strikes and ended up driving across France from the Dordogne to Paris. What a wonderful experience! The podcast on driving in France was a HUGE help with parking, highways and the red plus signs at traffic lights. Thank you so much!» Robin Friedberg OConnor

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If you found this episode helpful, also check out Tips for Driving in France, Episode 138.

Episode Highlights

  • Common misconceptions about driving in France
  • Things to consider before renting a car in France
  • French terminology you need to understand
  • Navigation tips
  • Speed limits in France (that’s a gotcha!)
  • More gotchas (unexpected rules and customs)
  • Indication signs
  • Danger signs
  • Direction signs
  • How do roundabouts work?
  • Parking in France
  • In case of emergency
  • Final thoughts


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