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- [7’15] Why did you choose to come to France in the winter?
- [8’50] What sort of weather did you encounter?
- [10’30] Flying into Nice instead of Paris
- [12’30] Finding accommodations where we could park a car + using a car elevator in Toulouse
- [15′] A lovely cooking class in Nice
- [22′] Panisse and Socca, food specialties from Nice
- [23′] Aix-en-Provence and Marseille by Regional Bus
- [24′] Cours Mirabeau, Les Deux Garçons, and the Christmas Market in Aix-en-Provence
- [24’45] A day in Marseille: Musée d’Histoire de Marseille, great street for restaurants, rue Sainte, lunch at Les Echevins (best steak ever says John!),
- [28’30] Walking tour with a volunteer greeter, meeting on Quai des Belges in Marseille, a look at the Mirror Pavilion by Foster
- [30′] Musée Archéologique de Marseille in Le Panier
- [31’45] Marseille City Greeters
- [33’06] Lovely Tea House called Cup of Tea, tea shop and book shop
- [34′] Great food in Marseille, and not just Bouillabaisse!
- [35′] The realities of planing a trip from home vs. taking the trip: cutting things out
- [36′] Worries about leaving luggage in the car and Annie’s recommendation about that
- [37’48] Two nights in Nîmes and what they loved about it: les Arênes de Nîme, la Maison Carrée
- [39′] Carré d’Art by Norman Foster in Nîmes, a great place for photography, among other things
- [40′] Stumbling Upon a light show projected on the Maison Carrée in Nîmes. This happens a lot around Christmas, not just in Nîmes, but in other French cities too.
- [42′] Around Christmas is busy for people, but tourist attractions are empty.
- [43′] Pont du Gard and getting lost looking for it. Don’t set your GPS to the village called Vers-Pont-du-Gard. Set your GPS to either the attraction called Pont du Gard OR the village of Remoulins or Collias.
- [46′] Lunch at Uzès on Place Aux Herbes, great place to spend a couple of hours.
- [47′] Tour Magne, Le Jardin de la Fontaine, le Temple de Diane in Nîmes
- [48′] Montpellier, a large and charming city. Air B&B apartment that used to be a butcher’s shop for one night.
- [50′] Musée du Vieux Montpellier, running into churches with Crêches and Santons, and
- [50’30] More podcast listeners eating at L’Entrecôte, they should sponsor the show!
- [52′] What’s nearby? Sète, Camargue
- [53’30] Daylight hours are shorter in winter, fewer hours for touring.
- [53’47] Christmas in Carcassonne, lunch at the Michelin Star at the Hôtel de la Cité, La Barbacane.
- [57’39] Carcassonne is not busy and crowded in the winter, and certainly not on Christmas Day!
- [58’33] The Christmas Market in Carcassonne.
- [62′] Staying in Mirepoix for one week.
- [65′] New Year’s Even in Mirepoix, le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre with a group of all-French people who didn’t speak English! <–Funny
- [68′] Typical New Year’s Eve celebrations in France
- [72′] Attractions near Mirepoix: Montsegur (Cathat, hike), Les Forges de Pyrène (demonstrations of old techniques), Grotte de Niaux (painted caves), Foix (hike).
- [78′] Most Beautiful Villages in France: Camon. Beautiful but completely empty this time of year. This is an obvious problem with visiting southern France in winter: many things are closed!
- [80′] The Arriège is a part of France that doesn’t get a lot of tourists any time of the year, and in the middle of the winter, you have to find ways to keep busy.
- [81′] Market Day in Mirepoix is Monday, the town comes to life. Visiting Rennes-le-Château, must read-up on the conspiracy theories. Pack a picnic!
- [83′] Even in a remote part of France that is not very touristy, the food is quite good.
- [84′] Visiting Carla-Bayle and the Grotte du Mas d’Asil on the way to Toulouse. Don’t go in the middle of the winter, it’s empty!
- [86′] Toulouse is like a small little Paris, a lot of life, even in the middle of the winter.
- [88′] Going to Albi and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, Cordes-sur-Ciel (Cordes is also dead in the winter!)
- [89′] Museums in Toulouse: Natural History Museum, Musée Saint-Raymond, Basilique Saint-Sernin, Musée des Augustins, Musée des Abatoirs, Les Jacobins where Saint-Thomas Aquinas is buried.
- [91′] Which Toulouse Cloister is nicest: Jacobins or Augustins?
- [93′] General observation about French Museums: they are well curated.
- [94′] Go to the big open-air food market in Toulouse (Marché du Cristal, 33 boulevard de Strasbourg), every morning.
- [97′] WizEat in Toulouse and the Toulouse accent.
- [100′] Stop in Moissac to visit the chruch with beautiful cloister–but the cloister was closed on a Saturday morning (again, an issue with visiting southern France in winter).
- [102′] Bordeaux: swapping the red stone of Toulouse for the white stone of Bordeaux.
- [104′] The shopping areas were busy in Bordeaux (probably due to sales coming up, people like to “stake-out” the stores where they want to go back on the day when sales start.
- [104’30] Attractions in Bordeaux: Saint-André Cathedral, Flea Market near the Saint-Michel Church, Marché des Capucins (covered market).
- [115′] Instead of walking to the Cité du Vin, they took a ferry which gave them a great perspective on the city.
- [118′] For a great view, go up the Tour Saint-Andrée, fantastic at sunset time.
- [118’40] Another great thing to do at dusk in Bordeaux is to go to Place de la Bourse to see the water mirror.
- [120′] Taking the bus between Bordeaux and Saint-Sebastian. They used OuiBus and had a good experience. The bus took them through several cities between Bordeaux and Saint-Sebastian and they enjoyed seeing them briefly. Christine recommends taking the bus.
- [126′] New Caledonia, also in France, even though it’s close to Australia.
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