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About the Join Us in France Travel Podcast

Imagine we are all sitting around a big table and chatting about our vacation to France. Along the way we share tips and give suggestions and someone whips out a pen to jot things down, because it’s so good, you need to remember this! That’s what this podcast is all about, and we invite you to pull up a chair, listen, learn a lot and participate by sharing your own experiences if you’d like.

  • Use your ears to plan your trip to France and find the experiences that will delight you in France.
  • Learn how France ticks so you can have a great time anywhere in France.
  • Learn how to find quality anywhere in France so you don’t need to follow in the same footsteps as everyone else and take your own path.
  • On the podcast you will hear from people like you who are seeking great experiences in France.

Support the Show

Join Us in France is the home of listener-supported weekly podcast about France. If you enjoy the show, we would like you to make a pledge on Patreon, or make a donation via PayPal. Hotel links are affiliate links where a commission is earned when you purchase. We do this because it does not cost you a penny more and it supports the show!

Tour France with Annie and Elyse

In 2016 we also started a company called Addicted to France that offers small group tours a few times a year. You can read reviews of our tours on Trip Advisor. We lead our own tours and we keep the numbers small so you get one-on-one attention.

Our goal with the podcast is to help you discover France and prepare your next trip to France 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.

Show Production

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, most of them are listeners who enjoy the show and have tips they want to share. We are immensely grateful to them, we couldn’t do the show without them! A few shows are also solo episodes by Annie on topics having to do with French culture, food, wine, places and attractions. If it catches our interest, we hope it will also catch yours!

The more recent Episodes feature Segments:

  • The French Tip of the Week
  • A Bite of French History and Culture

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Randy and Deen Dudding
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Randy and Deen Dudding

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.

Diane
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Diane

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!

Mary Hoekzema
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Mary Hoekzema

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?

JudyAnn
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JudyAnn

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!

Geri Hall
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Geri Hall

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.

George Tirris
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George Tirris

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.

Renee Snow
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Renee Snow

Hi Annie and Elise,
My husband and I are planning our dream vacation to Paris from July 16 – 30. We rented a 2 bedroom apartment in The Marais through Airbnb and have been using your Podcast to prepare. Will Elise be giving tours in Paris at this time? If so, we would like to sign up. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us.
Sincerely,
Renee Snow

MARIA DOLORES V ROMERO
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MARIA DOLORES V ROMERO

france is nice place and friendly people

HF Osle
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HF Osle

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… Read more »

Lisa Whitlock
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Lisa Whitlock

My husband and I have a business conference in Paris July 5-12, staying near the Eiffel Tower. I listened to Episode 32 ‘Vacation in France’ and am a bit discouraged, because I hate crowds! Aaaah! We’re actually staying through Bastille Day until the 17th…any tips on how to enjoy Paris in July? I do speak a smattering of French. We have a reservation at a nice hotel in the Opera district July 13-17. I’ll take any advice you’ve got!! In town or out of town…

Sam Pulgini
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Sam Pulgini

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.

Lee
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Lee

Hi Annie and Elise
I am visiting Paris in the first week of September this year and would love to hear if you have any tips about Mont Saint Michel
and the surrounding area
thanks so much
I love your Podcast and am going to listen to all of them with a notebook in hand before we go

Robin Kupfer
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Robin Kupfer

We just got back from a three week trip to France, starting out in Sancerre and driving through the Dordogne and Lot valleys and ending up in Carcassone. Then we flew to Paris where we spent four days.
Your podcasts, which I have been listening to regularly in preparation for our trip , were invaluable. It helped in planning our itinerary, things not to miss, and historical context of much that we saw.
Thank you ladies and keep up the great work,,
Bravo!
Robin
Kupfer

Susan Boyd
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Susan Boyd

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,
Susan

marilyn berger
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do you have a podcast on toulouse?

Robin
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Robin

Bonjour! I found your podcasts by accident and I am so excited . My 18 year old son and I are traveling to France in June as a graduation gift for taking 4 years of French in high school. I plan to rent a car to drive through the Dordogne valley, I listened to Annie’s husband provide wonderful detail to prepare for driving in France. Then, listened so more information about French etiquette, things to do, etc. Definitely brings some peace of mind. I feel as if I found a great friend to provide all sorts of help assistance for… Read more »

Katie
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Katie

Bonjour Annie! I have been listening to your podcast obsessively over the last few weeks in preparation for my upcoming trip! I will be traveling the eastern and southern parts of France with my boyfriend for two weeks in June. I have gathered many tips from you on Chamonix, Carcassonne, and Provence, but I am left wanting more! In your episode about Strasbourg, it was mentioned that Colmar is lovely. We will be spending three nights there and would love suggestions of what to do and see. I also think that an episode on the best hikes in France would… Read more »

Brenda Moran
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Brenda Moran

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,
Brenda

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.

Francisco Malpica
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Francisco Malpica

Dear Annie
On your podcast about Pont du Gard you mention a travel guide to this site that you would sell on Kindle. Unfortunately I don’t find it on Amazon nor on your website. Could you share a link to this publication? I will be visiting this site this summer.
Are there any other guides published?
Thank you for your work. I enjoy your shows.