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Visiting France with a Guide Dog for the Blind, Episode 55

Richard Wadwell and Ralph the Guide Dog
Richard Wadwell and his guide dog Ralph walking across the Champ de Juillet with the Gare Limoges Bénédictins in the background

Visiting France with a Guide Dog for the Blind

Today on Join Us in France we take a side trip into the wonderful world of guide dogs for the blind with Richard Wadwell, an Englishman and guide dog owner and who comes to France many times each year with his guide dog Ralph. Richard talks about what it’s like having a guide dog and shares wonderful tips on visiting France with or without a guide dog, in particular the Limoges area and Aix-en-Provence. And if you’re like me and you have great admiration for guide dogs and the work they do, this conversation will give you a glimpse into this amazing world. You can read more about Richard on his blog or follow him on Twitter @wadwellington. But if you need a laugh, you must follow @RalphGuideDog. And to follow Annie’s guide dog in training Igor follow  @EleveChienGuide on Twitter or Élève Chien Guide on Facebook. Enjoy!


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Cycling in France with Marion Clignet, Episode 52

Marion Clignet CyclingToday on Join Us in France we dip our toe into the world of both competitive and recreational cycling in France with Olympic Silver medalist and World champion Marion Clignet. Are you a cyclist, a runner, a walker? You might want to come enjoy those activities on your next vacation in France in the Pyrenees. Nothing is more French than seeing the country on a bicycle! But even if you’re never going to  take a sports vacation, Marion tells an inspiring tale of how epilepsy changed her life and how she’s managed to cope with the disease since her early 20s.




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Episode 30 Survival French with Todd Newman

Todd Newman

Survival French Challenge

Being in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language well can be a challenge for anyone, but in France it doesn’t have to be. Yes, you heard me! There is no good reason to have a hard time in France just because you don’t speak French.

What’s the secret? There’s only one thing you need to know: You must learn a few words of French and you must use them! It’s not very difficult, there are really only 4 that are mandatory, and our list only contains around 20 total. You can probably master those by the time you’re done listening to the podcast. We discuss those magic words and more on today’s show with Todd Newman, author of the wonderful blog Newmans of Leguevin. You will find the list of “magic words” and link to Todd’s blog after the fold 🙂
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