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

Category: French Culture



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.

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Category: French Culture

0 Replies to “Introduction to the Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 1”

  1. I love the dynamic between the two of you! I have had the opportunity to participate in many of Elyse’s guided tours and they are so informative , fun and full of details one wouldn’t find in a guidebook. Until I return to France, I will live vicariously through these podcasts! Thanks for offering this!

    1. Hello Diane,

      Welcome to Join Us in France and thank you for taking the time to subscribe and write! I have to say it right here where everyone can see it: you are a miracle worker. You told friends of yours about Join Us in France and in one day 80 people came to the website and listened. I am just amazed! Thank you for your support, I hope many of our listeners will also share the show with others. I look forward to hearing from you again!


  2. I am a new subscriber. Thank your this beautiful website and for your informative, fun podcasts! This past fall, I traveled to Marseilles for a wonderful but all-too-brief visit. I maximized my time by going to 2 museums, 1 café, riding the Metro, and walking through the city streets. Your advice is wonderful: Don’t just “do” the Louvre [any French museum], experience it. I can’t wait to return to France and explore other parts of the country, and appreciate the opportunity to not only learn more about it, but as Diane said, live vicariously through this lovely site. As an American of French heritage, I appreciate your perspectives, and love your cultural focus.

    1. Hello Allyson,

      Welcome to Join Us in France and thank you so much for the kind words and for taking the time to write and subscribe! Isn’t that the great thing about France? Lots of wonderful places to talk about and visit. Last time I was in Marseilles I loved it too. Thanks again, hope to hear from you again!


  3. Hello Ladies! I don’t even know how I found this podcast. I am researching daily for a trip with my husband Bill to France in September 2014. I listen to podcasts when I walk and this one is just awesome! You are engaging and fun to listen to and I have forwarded your info to my best friend and her husband and my sister and brother-in-law who also will visit Paris yet this year. I have just listened to the one on the Cluny (listening in order) and I am putting it on my “must see” list! Luckily we have 2 weeks in Paris and are staying in the Latin Quarter so we can do lots of things you are recommending. I am so happy I found this app! Keep up the great work!

    1. Welcome to Join Us in France Candice, we’re glad you found us! Thank you for the kind words and for sharing the show with others, that’s really helpful to us. Happy vacation planning, and enjoy your walks–I also listen to podcasts while walking, isn’t it wonderful?

  4. Hi Annie and Elyse

    I love your blog, I looked it up after listening to your episode on Amateur Traveler which I listen to every week.
    I love France, I visited there in 3 times, once to Paris and the other times to other regions and loved to travel there. I hope to go back.
    I usually listen to podcasts while I cook or do my walks, so the fact that they are long is great.

    Can I suggest something? not sure if you would like the idea, but for me, I would love it if you also did some podcasts in French. I’ve studied some and trying to maintain and improve on that.

    Anyway, great stuff, Thanks a lot 🙂
    I’ll keep listening to you!!

    1. Welcome to Join Us in France Miri! Never say never, but for now we have no plans to produce this podcast in French. BUT, I highly recommend for French language practice, I do occasional blurbs in French that are posted there. Happy listening and please share the word!

  5. What is the process of moving to France? Does it require permission? When people say they moved to France they make it sound easy by skipping the details of the process……
    Are foreigners welcome in France?
    This may make a good podcast.

    1. Hello Wendy and welcome to Join Us in France. I’m not in the best position to answer your questions since I am French and haven’t had to deal with immigrating to France. There’s a Yahoo group called “Live in France” where they may have more tips. There are a lot of foreigners in France already, so I guess the answer is yes, for the most part, they are welcome.

      1. Thank you for your response, maybe it was Elyse that stated she was the mirror of you…..and after some back and forth stays between (US & France) she decided to make France her home.
        So I guess my question would have been for her.

        I will visit the other site. Thank you for the referral.

        1. I’ll take a crack at answering that since she might not see your post. She did it the “easy” way: at first she was a student, the she married a French man. Retired persons who don’t have to work in France also move to France all the time. It’s not super easy, but it can be done because they will not work in France. The big issue is for folks who want to come to France to work. That’s so hard I’d say it’s almost impossible, unless you have a couple of millions to invest into a business in France. That’s what I’ve heard anyway.

    2. Wendy,

      We are English and moved to France 7 years ago. it was very easy, but the UK is in the EU so it may be different for non EU citizens. Our first task was to open a French bank account from UK before we moved.

      We wanted a quiet country life with our 3 horses and 3 cats, so moved to a rural village on the borders of Lower Normandy and Pays de la Loire.

      We were very surprised that all of the warnings and criticisms of the French in the various books about moving to France must only be true of Paris and Parisians – just like any big city, London, NY, Tokyo, etc. – and were completely wrong about the French people we met and know.

      The best tip we can give you is to try to speak in French, however limited. This shows respect and, when their ears can longer take the pain of our accents, will often result in some replies in English (however limited).

      People are friendly, kind, helpful and delightful in the most part. In seven years we have only met two unfriendly shop assistants and one difficult neighbour (who happened to be a Czech from Paris).

      Life here is different from England. Cars stop in the middle of the road for friends to exchange greetings and have a good chat. No parking charges in towns at lunch time (12.00 – 14.00). Dinner in the evening at 8 or 9 pm. Tons of bureacracy but, if you have the right paperwork, everything just sails through.

      We have absolutely no regrets and have never (and will never) return to the UK. Yes, we miss some things (British pubs, some friends etc.). Most foods we miss can be obtained over the internet and, where we are, this is only sub 2MB speed over an old copper wire.

      Don’t rely on Parisian based books (unless you want to move to Paris). Think about where you are living now and research an equivalent part of France.

      Bonne courage! (Google it)


      ps I am not pushing it but, if you want a glimpse of life here try

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