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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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Episodes

Moving to France on a Long Stay Visitor Visa, Episode 208

10/17/2018
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On today’s episode, an interview with Tom and Susan, fellow Toulouse residents, about their move to France on a long stay visitor visa. As we always do in these episodes, we get into the details of paperwork, the move, and what it’s like living in France. Moving to France on a Long Stay Visitor Visa: Tactical Considerations What about things that you shouldn't put on your container to France? What about driving in France? Will you need a French driver's license? What if you want to buy...

Duration:01:52:35

Exploring Coastal Towns East of Marseille in Provence, Episode 207

10/10/2018
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In today's episode Annie and Elyse discuss exploring coastal towns east of Marseille in Provence. Surprisingly, this is a part of France that has a little bit of everything in a small area! Within a distance of 35 kilometers as the crow flies between the East side of Marseille and Castellet you will find so many different types of great things to do! Great hikes in the Calenques. Boat rides to the Calenques. A visit to the old fishing village of Cassis. Maybe go see the yachts in La Ciotat?...

Duration:01:09:33

Announcement Oct 3rd, 2018

10/3/2018
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I have bronchitis and can't talk. I'll be back next week!

Duration:00:01:04

Tour du Mont Blanc, Episode 206

9/19/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 206 Thinking about doing the Tour du Mont Blanc? On today's episode I bring you a great conversation with Lacklan Cooke his experience doing the Tour of the Mont Blanc. This is an active vacation: it's not super technical mountaineering, but you need to be in good shape to do this. This is a great hike around the Mont Blanc that takes several days to complete. You'll be able to make it more or less arduous depending on choices you make as explained...

Duration:01:15:04

WWI Battlefields in France, Episode 205

9/12/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 205 On today’s episode, I bring you a trip report with Jennifer Warner about the World War I sites she visited with her husband and sons earlier this year. The whole family has an interest in history. Her teenage sons particularly enjoyed getting a better understanding of what happened on these battlefields. In preparation for this episode, I read a wonderful book called A World Undone: the History of the Great War 1914 to 1918. But the history of...

Duration:01:25:34

The Best of the Vaucluse in Provence, Episode 204

9/5/2018
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The Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 204 On today’s episode, I talk to Mary-Lou Weisman about the Best of the Vaucluse department and Provence. Not sure where the Vaucluse is? I bet you’ve heard about many of these towns! Mary-Lou is the author of a book called Playing House in Provence and her love for the area certainly comes through loud and clear in today’s episode. We discuss her book towards the end of the episode, but our focus today is to help you have a wonderful time in...

Duration:01:02:58

Château de Vincennes Paris, Episode 203

8/29/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 203 Did you know that there is a Medieval Castle just at the edge of Paris? Complete with dungeon, draw-bridge and moat. Meet the Château of Vincennes, one of the most surprising places in Paris! [04:29] Reasons You Might Want to Visit the Château de Vincennes [06:35] Château de Vincennes: a Fortified Castle [10:00] Charles V Made the Château de Vincennes a Royal Residence [12:16] Recent Renovations at the Château de Vincennes [13:00] King...

Duration:00:40:12

Best Paris Airport Transfer, Episode 202

8/22/2018
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast, Episode 202 In Paris you only have a few options to get between the airport and the city. In this episode I mention all of them and explain why a taxi is by far the easiest, and sometimes even the cheapest option for you. Comparing the Options from Personal Experience The question of how to get to Paris from CDG or Orly comes up at least once a week on the Join Us in France Closed Group on Facebook. And invariably, helpful group members chime in with...

Duration:00:23:36

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 France. Once...

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 Latin...

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 want...

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 a...

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 Cornucopia...

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 to...

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, tower,...

Duration:00:53:15