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

D-Day History, Normandy Invasion

D-Day History and Normandy Invasion Special

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

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

Episode Highlights

  • Introduction: 70th Anniversary celebrations in France
  • Setting the stage for the invasion: major players
  • The decoy operation
  • Preparations for D-Day
  • The invasion
    • Weather
    • Breakdown of troops by nationality
    • The Battle of Normandy
  • Memorials in Normandy
  • Conclusion: D-Day History plays a big part in French history and French people have not forgotten

If you enjoy this episode, also listen to Episode 116, Episode 101, and Episode 140 that all have to do with Normandy.

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Episode 18 Strasbourg

StrasbourgStrasbourg the Beautiful

In this episode of the Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Elyse takes us to the gorgeous region of Alsace (where she used to live) and more specifically to the city of Strasbourg.

Annie also has strong feelings about Strasbourg because she just visited. She can’t say enough good things about the gorgeous Cathedral, the gastronomy, the wine, and how generally pleasant the city is. This area is full of history and we give you an overview going all the way back to Charlemagne. We also discuss the fact that control of the area kept going back and forth between France and Germany, and how that makes for an interesting culture.

Today what strikes visitors is that the city is deeply rooted in European values and extremely welcoming. You’re going to love it!

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French Food, Episode 17

French food, small grocery store
Grocery store in the movie Amélie Poulain

French Food Culture

On today’s episode Annie and Elyse have a good time talking about French food, food culture in France, and the way French people eat at home.

We also talk frankly about difficulties that people with special diets may encounter in France, particularly those who are vegetarian/vegan or have food allergies.

French people are quite set in their ways when it comes to food. What does that mean for visitors?

Can you listen to the whole thing without wishing for a lovely French meal? If you can, we didn’t do this right!

Would you like to tour France with Annie and Elyse? Visit Addicted to France to choose an upcoming tour.

Episode Highlights

  • Ready to go to France? Ready-to-eat French Food?
  • If I Say Let’s Have French Food, What Do You Think About?
    • What Percentage of the Monthly Budget Do French People Spend on Food?
    • Food is NOT cheap in France
  • What Do French People Have for Breakfast?
    • Breakfast at a French Hotel
    • Breakfast on Sunday in France
    • Biscottes, It’s a French Thing
    • French Adults Often Have a Tiny Breakfast
  • Why Are French People Skinny?
  • Meals Are Served at Set Times in France
  • Lunch in France
    • When It’s Meal Time French People Eat a LOT!
  • French People Are Choosy About What They Eat
  • Where Do French People Buy Their Food?
  • French People LOVE Yogurt and Cheese
  • Bread in France
  • French People Want to Know Where Their Food Comes From
  • Wine Drinking in France
  • Vegetarians in France
  • Older French People Don’t Think of Wine as Alcohol
  • French People Are Not Adventurous When It Comes to Food
    • The Only “Ethnic” Food You Will Find Everywhere in France is North African
    • French People Will Tell You What You Should and Shouldn’t Eat
    • France Is Tough for Vegans and People Who Suffer from Food Allergies
  • Smoking in Restaurants in France
  • Halal and Kosher Food in France
  • French Regional Food
  • Do French People Really Eat Frog’s Legs and Escargots?
  • Foie Gras Is Not Controversial in France
  • French People Eat a Lot of Oysters on the Half-Shell
  • “Lait Cru” Cheeses (Made with Unpasturized Milk) Are Common in France
  • For more on French food, listen to our other episodes on Cheese, Pastries of Southern France and Pastries of Northern France, Chocolate and Macarons, and all the episodes in the Food and Wine category on this website.

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