On today’s show we go to Marseille and Provence with a French Expat, Isabelle Hall, who has been living in Texas for a long time, but grew up in Provence and knows it like the back of her hand! If you like this episode, you will also probably like episode 66 on Arles, episode 65 on the Pont du Gard, and episode 33 on Aix-en-Provence. At the end of the show [1’07”] I also answer a question from a listener about whether to book your SNCF train tickets in advance or not.
Places Mentioned in this Episode: Marseille, Corniche, Calanques, Sausset-les-Pins, Carry-le-Rouet, Venise Provençale, Martigues, Château d’If, Iles du Frioul, Cassis, Vieux Port, Canebière, Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, Baux-de-Provence, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Aix-en-Provence. Visiting Provence? Find the Best Deals & Reviews at TripAdvisor.
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.
Two Dads in Paris is the continuation of Annie’s conversation with David about their second trip to Paris, episode 111. That time they ventured into The Louvre and the Orsay museum and David gives great advice on how to do that with a child. They chose a hotel in the Marais which they loved, even if it was a bit of a splurge.
***visited the Louvre as well as the Orsay Museun, visited the Père Lacahise Cemetery (and offer some great tips about that!), and had some fabulous food. David also talks about their third visit to Paris, a day-trip from London, when they took the Eurostar and visited the Musée des Arts Forains in Bercy.