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Each week professional tour guide Elyse Rivin and podcast producer Annie Sargent take you on a tour of a specific monument or site in France. They both live in France and have been friends for a long time. The podcasts will cover all areas of France and French culture. We discuss all the must-sees in France, but we also take you places that are completely off the beaten path for most tourists. We talk about French wine, French cheese, French food, and share all the tips that will make your visit to France stress-free. Are you ready to be a better informed traveller? In that case, welcome to Join Us in France!

Each week professional tour guide Elyse Rivin and podcast producer Annie Sargent take you on a tour of a specific monument or site in France. They both live in France and have been friends for a long time. The podcasts will cover all areas of France and French culture. We discuss all the must-sees in France, but we also take you places that are completely off the beaten path for most tourists. We talk about French wine, French cheese, French food, and share all the tips that will make your visit to France stress-free. Are you ready to be a better informed traveller? In that case, welcome to Join Us in France!
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Each week professional tour guide Elyse Rivin and podcast producer Annie Sargent take you on a tour of a specific monument or site in France. They both live in France and have been friends for a long time. The podcasts will cover all areas of France and French culture. We discuss all the must-sees in France, but we also take you places that are completely off the beaten path for most tourists. We talk about French wine, French cheese, French food, and share all the tips that will make your visit to France stress-free. Are you ready to be a better informed traveller? In that case, welcome to Join Us in France!

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Podcast Announcement

8/18/2018
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Bonjour podcast listeners You haven't heard from me in a while because I have been busy working on the new version of the Join Us in France website I am delighted to announce that it is now live and I am really happy with how it has turned out. It's not perfect, but it is soooo much better than the old one! I would love you to help me out and take a few minutes to visit the site using your favorite browser, type in joinusinfrance.com and let me know how it goes. If you see anything that...

Duration:00:03:16

Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy, Episode 201

7/14/2018
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Normandy and the sites of Operation Overlord are where amazing feats of courage took place that made it possible to liberate France and eventually defeat Hitler and his armies. But in a practical sense, there are so many important sites and so many parts to the history that it's hard to keep it all straight. The purpose of today's episode is to review the main events that took place during Operation Overlord aka the Battle of Normandy which lead to the liberation of Paris and...

Duration:01:26:51

Paris with Boys 7 and 10, Episode 200

6/23/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast — Episode 200 You are going to Paris with your children and wonder how to create the best experience for your kids? We've got suggestions for you in this episode! Going to Paris with boys 7 and 10 can be a challenge, but we've given this a lot of thought and we've put the itinerary to the test. In this episode Luke and Max reveal the Paris venues that we're pretty sure your kids will love too. With children, it's often more about not packing too much in...

Duration:00:36:55

The Vibe of Paris Neighborhoods, Episode 199

6/13/2018
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Each part of Paris has it own feel and understanding the vibe of Paris neighborhoods is important so you can be in the best position to choose where you stay. The question of where should I stay in Paris comes up a lot especially for first-time visitors. Those of us who have been to Paris several times have our favorites, but that doesn't mean that the rest aren't any good, it just means that you like to stick to what's comfortable to you! The neighborhoods we consider today are the...

Duration:00:26:51

Discovering France on a Scooter, Episode 198

5/23/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 198 On today’s episode, I talk to Oliver Gee and his fiancée Lina Nordin from the podcast Earful Tower. They are planning a wonderful honeymoon in France and I bet many of you are doing just that too! They plan to go all around France, exploring a lot of the country as they go along. They are calling their adventures Amour de France, which is so cute and clever, I love it! Discovering and Touring France on a Scooter So, where do you go if you...

Duration:01:05:55

Food Prices at French Grocery Stores, Episode 197

5/17/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 197 On today’s episode, I answer a listener’s question. Jacquline is from South Africa and she asks about the prices of common items in France because with the exchange rate, she’s not sure how far her money will stretch, so, let’s talk about food prices at French grocery stores. Cook with French Ingredients! If you're going to be renting an apartment in France via AirB&B or any of the other apartment rental providers (see our episode on the ...

Duration:01:00:06

Saint Germain des Près Neighborhood, Episode 196

5/9/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 196 On today’s episode, Annie and Elyse talk about the things they love about the Saint Germain des Près neighborhood in Paris. It's actually surprising to see how long it took us to devote an entire episode to Saint Germain des Près, and it only happened because we assumed that we had already done it! Saint Germain des Près is the area of Paris where both Annie and Elyse would love to live if they won the lottery. It's never going to happen, but...

Duration:01:09:40

What to Pack to Look Stylish in Paris, Episode 195

5/2/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 195 On today’s episode, I chat with David Palachek about how to dress for Paris. We’ll be sharing actionable advice you can use to pack your suitcase for Paris and look great in the city of light. Some of the tricks French women use to look good are surprisingly simple. Annie asked a lot of stylish French women how they do it, and it turns out that they all follow the same basic rules! If you’re interested in dressing sharp in Paris, also listen...

Duration:01:16:35

Dicey Paris Neighborhoods, Episode 194

4/25/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 194 On today’s episode, let’s talk about Paris neighborhoods where I would rather NOT stay, or book a hotel, or rent an apartment. There aren’t so many such places, so it’ll be a short episode. I get asked all the time: is this a safe neighborhood? So yeah, let’s talk about it and name the names! If you’re interested in safety while in France, you should also check out How to Stay Safe in France, Getting Caught in a Terror Attack in France, ...

Duration:00:32:59

A Cornucopia of Bizarre French Foods, Episode 193

4/19/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 193 On today’s episode, Elyse and Annie present to you a cornucopia of bizarre French foods. Even if you never plan on trying any of them, you need to know about them because they’ll pop up on menus here and there and we’ve known visitors who had big surprises when their food arrived! Elyse herself has had some surprises! WARNING: We talk about animal parts in this episode, some of the conversation may be disturbing to some listeners. A...

Duration:01:36:45

Moving to France on a Long Stay Tourist Visa, Episode 192

4/12/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 192 Full Show Notes at https://joinusinfrance.com/192 *** In this episode Claire and Annie chat about how Claire and her husband moved to France on a long stay tourist visa. Because Claire was born in France and moved to the US at age 4, she thought she could to move to France as a French citizen and apply for a visa for her husband. But the French Consulate in Chicago told her she wasn't really French (we never elucidate why!) and she applied...

Duration:01:21:20

A Great Visit to the Chateau of Pau, Episode 191

4/4/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 191 In this episode we talk about the "good" king Henry the 4th and his home town of Pau. Perched on the top of a cliff with a FABULOUS view of the Pyrenees mountains which are close by, Pau is charming and makes for a lovely stop along the way as you explore the southwest region and head either to Lourdes or the the Basque country further west. The castle, recently renovated, is a wonderful example of Medieval and Renaissance architecture,...

Duration:00:53:15

12 Perfect Spots for Your Picnic in Paris, Episode 190

3/28/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 190 Let me tell you what makes for a great picnic in Paris. It's not so much the food (although it can be divine!) but the spot where you have your picnic. You go out of your house to eat outside because of the view, don't you? Otherwise, most of us are more comfortable sitting at a dining room table. But with these Paris spots in the background, it's worth going outside to enjoy your meal! Subscribe to the email extras and bonuses Ask a...

Duration:00:41:28

Train Strikes in France, 2018 Edition, Episode 189

3/21/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 189 On today’s episode, everybody FREAK OUT! There's a train strike happening in France spring 2018! OK, don’t freak out, I think I can help you take back control and have a great vacation in France all the same. Here are the links you need to have: cestlagreve.fr Find out if your train will be on strike or not Train status info Number you can call for information: 0805 90 36 35 Apply for your refund online Episode 75 of the podcast on...

Duration:00:50:25

Visiting Paris in August, Episode 188

3/14/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 188 On today’s episode, Annie and Elyse chat about the pitfalls and joys of visiting Paris in August. Things are different in Paris in the summer months and we review them all in this episode of the podcast! Timestamps [05:45] The conversation between Annie and Elyse starts. [06:54] What changes in Paris in July and August. [09:05] Head's Up about what Paris is like in the summer! [10:43] Parking is free in Paris the first 2 weeks of August....

Duration:01:13:43

Overview of Paris Museums, Episode 187

3/8/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast Episode 187 In today's episode, Elyse and Annie give you and overview of Paris museums. Big museums, small museums, museums that present great temporary exhibits, museums that appeal to locals, museums famous for their permanent collection. Odd little museums around a specific topic, museum who are good for visitors who bring children, and museums that are good for people who don’t really love museums. If you’re preparing your first visit to Pairs, this...

Duration:01:46:26

Is It Possible to Visit the Mont Saint Michel as a Day Trip from Paris? Episode 186

2/28/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast Episode 186 The question of today is how to visit the Mont Saint Michel by train from Paris? Lots of people want to know about this because if visiting the Mont Saint Michel is on your bucket list, it's a priority for you! The whole idea of this episode is how to visit the Mont Saint Michel from Paris on your own, so I won't go into booking a tour, but there are lots of companies that offer such day-trips between Paris and the Mont Saint Michel. The Mont...

Duration:00:26:11

Is Renting a Car in France Worth the Trouble? Episode 185

2/21/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast Is renting a car in France worth the trouble? In other words, for my intellectual friends: To drive or not to drive, that is the question! Wise visitors will weigh the pros and cons of driving vs. finding another mode of transportation while on vacation in France. Fools will ignore this, do what they want, and get stuck in traffic. As you will find out in this episode, sometimes driving in France is no problem at all. A lot depends on where you are going...

Duration:00:21:27

The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, Episode 184

2/14/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast When we do a tour in Paris, we always start with the Luxembourg Gardens. Why? Because it's a haven of peace and simple joy for everybody we know who has ever visited it. Our tours also always start on a Sunday, and Sundays and Wednesdays are the best times to go to the Luxembourg Gardens, not that there is a bad time to go, mind you. In this episode of the podcast we explain how the Luxembourg Gardens came about historically and we list most of the things...

Duration:00:52:31

The Ultimate Guide to Toulouse, Episode 183

2/7/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast If I ask what part of France you want to visit besides Paris, you will probably respond Normandy or Provence. But if I ask French people where they’d like to move to in France, Toulouse is always at the top of the list. So what do French people know about Toulouse that most visitors to France don’t? Stay tuned and you will hear about it all in today’s Ultimate Guide to Toulouse! These are the things that can make any city wonderful to live in: a strong...

Duration:00:48:05