Chartres Cathedral, Episode 26

Looking up the cieling of the Chartres Cathedral

If you love Gothic architecture and stained-glass windows, you need to listen to this episode because sooner or later you'll want to venture out to Chartres. And it is close enough to Paris that you can visit it on a Day-Trip from Paris!


Bastille Saint-Antoine, Episode 24

Painting of the Bastille Saint-Antoine in 1715

Want to learn more about the Bastille in Paris? Almost nothing of it is left, but it has played a huge role in French history as explained by Elyse in today's episode.


The Medieval Walled City of Carcassonne, Episode 23

Carcassonne France seen from a distance

Learn about the walled medieval city of Carcassonne with Annie and Elyse!


Strategies for Visiting the Louvre Museum, Episode 21

louvre pyramid with reflections of the stone building against the glass

A visit to the Louvre museum can be the best thing you'll do in Paris IF you are prepared, learn the ropes, and follow a good plan. Annie and Elyse chat about the Louvre and Elyse shares her tip as a tour guide who's taken lots of people through this institution!


Albi and Toulouse-Lautrec, Episode 20

Albi at sunset: Tarn river and old city.

Albi is definitely a place you should visit in the South West of France! Elyse tells us why in today's episode of the podcast!


A Primer on French Cheese, Episode 19

Cheese display at a cheese specialty store in France

On today's show we explore the history and culture of cheese in France. We discuss types of cheese and how they're distributed by region. French people are crazy about cheese and Anglos are often overly cautious about cheese. We're here to tell you to live a little! Try some scary cheese next time you're in France, after all, it doesn't even seem to make them fat!


D-Day History, Normandy Invasion Special, Episode 18s

Photo of of a Utah Beach marker: D-Day History

In this special episode on the Normandy Invasion, Annie and Elyse remember the events of D-Day 70 years ago and the bravery of people involved. Elyse puts the whole tragic day into context: events leading up to it and a few details of what happened on that day. We share our experiences visiting the beaches in Normandy, the museums, the cemeteries. This is definitely a sobering and emotional topic, but 70 years later we should ask again: Are French grateful today? Is it genuine? What are you likely to experience when you visit? Did this day change the course of time?


French Food, Episode 17

Le Comptoire de Matilde store: french food

Why are French people skinny? We wonder if it's because of their food culture and habits at home. In episode 17 of Join Us in France we discuss French food culture, what French people eat at home, French meal times, and the difficulties vegetarians and vegans may experience in France. Is it OK to be a little narrow-minded about food? Go to joinusinfrance.com/17 to find out, you will also find photos and a full transcript there.


How to Prepare for Your Visit to the Orsay Museum, Episode 15

orsay museum seen from the seine river

Thinking of visiting the Orsay Museum in Paris? It's a wonderful place, but it's usually crowded so you'd better learn a little bit about it before you go!


A Day Trip to Versailles from Paris, Episode 14

Is Versailles worth the trip or not? Some people absolutely LOVE it while others think it's over the top. It is certainly an important part of French history and in this episode we give you tips on how to avoid the lines!