Jennifer Ditchburn visited the southwest of France with her husband and children in June 2016 and she comes on the show today to share some of the highlights of their experience. Jennifer is the Editor in Chief of a magazine called Policy Options in Canada, she speaks beautiful French and has visited France on several occasions. But, this is her first time in France with her children, so they selected child-friendly activities. Because we recorded this episode the day the results of the Brexit were announced and because Jennifer is a political junkie, we discuss this news event at the beginning of the show as well.
Hotels Recommended in this Episode
People often ask me to recommend a hotel in Toulouse, and it’s hard for me to answer because in Toulouse I sleep in my own bed! I recommended the Novotel Compans Caffarelli to Jennifer and her family because it’s close to everything at a reasonable price and has a good reputation. Jennifer and family liked it very much. I would also recommend you look at the Mercure Compans Caffarelli because that’s where Airbus sends a lot of business visitors and they all seem happy with it.
Places Mentioned in this Episode
Montpellier, Plage de l’Espiguette, Arriège, Foix, Sète, Toulouse, Niaux, Paris.
David and Michael are same-sex parents who have been married for 18 years. Gay parents face the same issues as all other parents: how to keep their children engaged and happy while traveling. Their son, Zane, was only 7 when they first came to Paris. How do you deal with a child that age? David, who talks to us today, has great nuggets of wisdom on how to travel with children. Not only for gay parents, but for all parents. David’s interview starts at 11’50”, before the interview Annie gives advice on how to deal with strikes in France. Hotel Mentioned on this Episode
Hotel Mayfair, 1st, between Place de la Concorde and La Place Vendome (Decent hotel, VERY convenient location)
The chocolate museum in Paris is not the only one you can visit in France (see Episode 47 for the one found in Bayonne), but in my opinion, if you can only visit one, this should be the one. Choco-story has something for everyone:
Those who enjoy learning about the history of technology
Those who like pretty objects
And those, like me, who can’t wait to have their next bite of chocolate!
I wouldn’t say that this should be on everyone’s must-see list of Paris, but if you’ve visited Paris a few times and you’d like to see a museum that is easy to visit and enjoy, it’s a great choice. Let me hasten to say that I have no commercial relationship with this museum, I’m just sharing my opinion.
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Today Annie interviews Daisy de Plume about her treasure hunt service in the Louvre. Going on a treasure hunt in the Louvre is a fantastic idea, especially if you are visiting with children!
Daisy is from New York originally and her goal is to get customers interested in the art and help them organize their visit in a fun way. All the details are on Daisy’s website and of course we discuss the whole thing on the show.
While this treasure hunt in not exclusively designed for children, it does seem like a wonderful activity for families in particular.
Later in the show we discuss strikes in France and how they can be frustrating for visitors who don’t understand the French system. And since you never know if you’ll experience a French strike or not during your visit, it’s important for you to understand this background information.
Ready? Get set for your treasure hunt in the Louvre!
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