Introduction to the Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 1

Category: French Culture

This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon.


In this introduction to the Join Us in France Travel Podcast Elyse and Annie introduce themselves and explain what you can expect from this  podcast. Annie, French born and raised who lived in America for 18 years and came home to rediscover her own country. And Elyse, the professional tour guide, who was born in New York and has lived in France for 30 years.

For the Love of the More Informed Visitor

Here's the bottom line: we want to make a better tourist out of you! Why? So you'll have a better time and make better decisions.

Every week we'll bring you topics having to do with France and/or specific places you can enjoy in France. We'll talk about cheese, wine, French food in general, French history, places you've never heard of and places you've heard of all your life.

Elyse Is a Professional Licensed Tour Guide

Being a licensed tour guide in France is not an easy thing. I remember when she was preparing for the exam, she was cramming for the exam and sweating bullets. But that's not what makes Elyse a wonderful tour guide.

What makes her great is that she has a knack for presenting relevant information and leaving out the things that don't matter as much. I wish more tour guides in France had that talent. Most of them must be paid by the word because they can never let you enjoy anything without talking over it!

Interviews with People Like You

We also interview people like you who tell us about their visit to France and share recommendations. They are in the best position to tell you what went well, what they wish they knew before they came, and what they would do differently.

You know how you can never fully trust reviews because they can be gamed? You can trust our reviews because you can hear these people. These are not travel professionals with something to sell but rather visitors like you who have lots to share.

Pull Up a Chair and Stick Around!

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Talk Back by Sending an Email

Is there a hotel or restaurant you enjoyed so much in France that you'd like everyone to know about it? Send email to, and we'll play it on the podcast for everyone to hear.

Enjoy France with Annie and Elyse!

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Category: French Culture