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Lavender Fields and Hidden Provence, Episode 54


Lavender Fields and Hidden Provence Podcast
Jeff Sénéchal Photo, lavender fields and hidden provence

If you’d like to go off the beaten track in Provence, Jean-François Sénéchal is your man. And if you’d like to see lavender fields and hidden Provence villages, he knows them all, especially the ones that are not as crowded! But if it turns out that what you need is a day excursion on your cruise ship stop, he can also do that, and with great flair. Here’s your custom tour to discover magical Provence!

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Episode Highlights

  • Lavender Fields and Hidden Provence
  • Jeff’s Favorite Food from Provence
  • Watch-out: Vence is not the same as Saint-Paul-de-Vence
  • The Difference Between the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) and Provence
  • For Cruise Ship Passengers
  • The Two Types of Lavender
  • Hidden Villages in Provence
  • The French Riviera
  • What Is the Luberon?

A slide show of some of Jeff’s wonderful photos after the fold. You can reach Jeff on his website.

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Episode 37 Marseille

Marseille, France

Marseille France

Today on Join Us in France we take you to the beautiful port city of Marseille  in France. You may see an “s” at the end of Marseille in English, but not in French. Being French and stubborn, I will not add the “s”!

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Marseille is the oldest city in France and we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t deserve the bad reputation going around the internet. In Marseille you get lovely weather, great beaches, interesting museums, lots of ports and chances to get on the water, great food–can you say Bouillabaisse?!–great churches to visit and it’s a very popular cruise ship stop too! If you’ve never visited you need to get down there, you will not regret it!

Episode Highlights

  • Marseille in the movies
  • France tourism news
  • A brief history of Marseille
  • The Black Pleague
  • Why is the French national anthem called “La Marseillaise”?
  • Influxes of population in Marseille
  • Marseille during WWII
  • Marseille and the Pieds-Noirs
  • Marseille is the French melting-pot
  • Must-Sees in Marseille
  • Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde
  • La Cité Radieuse by architect Le Corbusier
  • Food in Marseille: la Bouillabaisse
  • If you’re stopping in Marseille on a cruise stop
  • Some things you need to know about taking the bus in France
  • Conclusion

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Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence, Episode 33

Top attractions in Aix-en-Provence, Aix city center.

Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence

What are the top attractions in Aix-en-Provence and how did it get so famous? Let me get to the point right away: it’s beautiful, it has a rich history, great food, even better wine, a fantastic local culture and lifestyle. Yes, but what specifically? And what should you be sure to visit when you go? All the answers are in this episode!

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Books Mentioned on this Episode:  L’Œuvre by Emile Zola and Alcools by Apolinaire

Episode Highlights

  • Aix-en-Provence, the gateway to the Provence area
  • Where did the name come from?
  • Aix-en-Provence History
    • Roman Empire
    • The city loses its privileged position
    • Becoming part of the French Kingdom
    • The Wars of Religion
    • Aix, the “Sleeping Beauty”
    • What put Aix back on the map
  • Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence today
  • French people rediscover Provence
  • Author Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne had a falling out
  • Aix as a typical example of Provence architecture
  • The perfect place to for lunch: the Cours Mirabeau
  • Shopping center Les Allées Provençales.
  • A great place for people who love the sun!
  • The Granet Museum
  • Annie’s favorite top attraction in Aix-en-Provence: the Cézanne painting studio
  • Festival d’Arts Lyriques in Aix every July
  • Elyse’s favorite top attractions in Aix-en-Provence: the Saturday open-air market in Aix
  • The Aix Christmas market and handmade Santons
  • Calissons d’Aix
  • Movies about Provence: Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources
  • Provence Food: Aïoli Recipe by Jamie Oliver

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