WWI Battlefields in France, Episode 205

Douamont Memorial: WWI Battlefields in France Episode

What are the must-see places you need to visit in order to get an overview of WWI or the Great War? In this episode we mention major WWI battlefields in the East and North of France. A sobering topic, but as you can see from Jennifer's report, also a wonderful family vacation.

Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy, Episode 201

operation overlord: historical marker at the Pointe du Hoc

Overview of Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy so you can enjoy your visit and be in a position to visualize the amazing feats of courage that took place where you'll be standing.

The Paris Historical Axis, Episode 182

Hippolyte Bellangé Un jour de revue sous l’Empire 1810: paris historical axis episode

The Paris Historical Axis is one of the coolest arcane bits of knowledge we've ever discussed on the show. Most people walk right past it and never see it because they don't know it's there. But it is and now you'll see it!

Mont Saint Michel History, Episode 175

Mont Saint Michel History, the Mont Saint Michel at low-tide

In this episode Elyse and Annie discuss the essentials of Mont Saint Michel history so you can understand some of the complexity of this amazing site, listed as one of the seven wonders of the world.

Why Is Napoleon Buried at Les Invalides in Paris? Episode 135

Napoleon's tomb at Les Invalides: why is Napoleon buried at Les Invalides episode

Why is Napoleon buried at Les Invalides in Paris and not one of the many other places where French dignitaries are laid to rest? Let's talk about it!

How the Marais Neighborhood Was Almost Razed, Episode 103

Place des Vosges in the Marais

Everybody loves the Marais neighborhood in Paris today, but at one time it was on the chopping block to make room for a monstrosity. How did that happen?

The Battle of Agincourt, Episode 89

medieval helmet and glove: the battle of agincourt episode

The Battle of Agincourt was an epic loss for French Knights. What happened? Why does it matter to history buffs? Annie talks about it in today's episode.

Louis XIV Miraculous Child, Episode 87

Louis XIV on a horse: Louis XIV

In our on-going series about French history, Annie and Elyse take a look at the amazing story surrounding the birth of Louis XIV.

The Curie Museum in Paris, Episode 79

Tucked in the Latin Quarter within the halls of the Sorbonne University, this small museum packs in a lot of history. If you're going to see it (and I think you should!) learn about Madame Curie's life by listening to this episode of the podcast.

The Pantheon in Paris, Episode 71

Pantheon seen from the outside on a sunny day

Wondering if a visit to the Pantheon in Paris is worth it? Annie thinks so, especially if you understand a bit better what this highly symbolic monument means in French life.