Show Notes for Episode 86: Looking for Unique Experiences in France

Category: Active Vacations in France

Discussed in this Episode

  • Pauillac
  • Marathon du Médoc
  • Marathon de Paris
  • Gordes
  • École des Trois Ponts in Riorges
  • Restaurant Troigros in Roanne
  • Music at the Sainte Chapelle
  • Music at Église Saint Germain des Près
  • Patricia Kaas concert Nancy
  • Olympia Concert Hall in Paris
  • Saint Malo
  • Biarritz
  • Saint Sébastien
  • Saint Jean de Luz
  • Toulouse
  • Albi
  • Carcassonne
  • Provence
  • Restaurant La Truie qui Doute in Anduze
  • Saint Antonin Noble Val
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Pont de Bir-Hakeim
  • Collias
  • Pont du Gard
  • Institut du Monde Arabe
  • Solo travel in France

Running Two Marathons in France

  • Marathon du Médoc in Bordeaux
  • Marathon de Paris

The Médoc and Paris Marathons are very different, Janice explains what she liked in both. To run a marathon in France you need to get a doctor’s certificate that will state that you are fit enough to participate.

marathon runners getting a small glass of wine while running the bordeaux marathon
Refueling with WINE at the Bordeaux Marathon!

Studying French in France

Studying French at the École des Trois Ponts in Riorges where she particularly enjoyed the informal conversations and the cooking classes.

Cooking Classes in France

Making Macarons at the Cordon Bleu with a teacher who only speaks French (translator provided) and helps the students make their own.

Janice also loves Angelina’s Hot Chocolate on rue de Rivoli, it’s topped with whipped cream, but it’s OK because she runs marathons the rest of the time!

Going to Classic Music Concerts in France

Listening to Music in Paris at the Sainte Chapelle where she heard the Four Seasons. You can see the beautiful stained glass and hear approachable music at the same time. Janice also attended a concert at the Église Saint Germain des Près. To find more concerts in France go to a FNAC store or the ticket office at any large grocery store.

Side Note About Entering Gambling Casinos in France

Side note on how Casinos in France have strict entry rules. You need ID to enter and Annie explains why.

Renting Accommodations from Gîtes de France

Janice goes through a typical day for her in France. She likes to rent a Gîte from Gîtes de France or HomeAway, she likes to go to the market in the morning, go to a café, go visit a town and explore, take some photos, go to a restaurant, enjoy some wine (a pichet of wine).  We explain how restaurants often do not want to substitute anything for the wine that comes with the meal.

Getting Speeding Tickets in France

Driving in France: Janice got two speeding tickets on her last trip from radars, once for going 7 over the speed limit. Annie got one for going 3 over the speed limit! Don’t speed in France! Also, how do you pay for a parking ticket in France? Janice explains because she had to do it! Use cruise control so you do not go over the speed limit and you’ll be fine.

Spending New Year’s Eve in Paris

Spending New Year’s Eve in Paris and a typical meal for Holidays in France. The Eiffel Tower is blocked off but you can have a spectacular view of the light show from the bridge called Pont de Bir-Hakeim. Another Paris tip: you can get a great view onto Notre Dame and the Seine Lookingfrom the Institut du Monde Arabe.  Going to the top is free!

person running the Bordeaux marathon with a swimmer's life preserver and flippers on his feet


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Category: Active Vacations in France