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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

Picardie Trip Report, Episode 215

12/9/2018
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On today's episode of the podcast Annie and guest William Ciardiello talk about Picardie, a region just to the north of Paris. Picardie Trip Report William was invited to visit the area by a family of locals he met through a school exchange program. They showed him around to the best places their region has to offer. Many people who visit France just want to take a selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower and the Mona Lisa and be off to the next country. A visit to the Picardie is NOT in the...

Duration:01:20:22

Christmas Shopping in Paris, Episode 214

12/2/2018
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On today’s episode, Christmas Shopping and how to enjoy the Christmas season in Paris. I’m in Paris right now and I’ve enjoyed a few of these activities, I just HAD to share with my listeners! I’ll list the Christmas markets, the best department stores and covered passages at the Christmas season. In this episode you’ll also learn about where you can go see a beautiful Crêche (nativity scene), Christmas Concerts in Paris and Midnight Mass at Notre Dame. For my personal update I will also...

Duration:00:29:18

Your First Time in Europe, Episode 213

11/25/2018
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On today’s episode, Annie shares 10 tips for people who are traveling to Europe or France for the first time. After spending time in Germany and England recently she noticed a several things that are likely to throw you off if this is your first time in Europe. And, of course, all of these differences apply in France as well as the rest of Europe! Click here to see the full Show Notes for this episode. What You Need to Know Before Your First Time in Europe If you haven't visited Europe...

Duration:00:21:40

A Great Itinerary for Families in France, Episode 212

11/18/2018
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Sarah had never been to France, but she found herself planning a 4-week trip around France for 7 people. Scary, right? An Itinerary for Families with Kids Sarah used this podcast to get inspired on what to do and where to stay. I think that her itinerary is one of the best I've ever heard of! Listen up, she’s sharing a great itinerary here! About This Trip Report This trip took place June 2018 and they stayed the whole month going around to different places. This is a family of 7: mom,...

Duration:01:51:47

WW1 Memorial Sites in France, Episode 211

11/7/2018
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On today’s episode, Annie reviews seven WW1 memorial sites in France where we remember soldiers from English-speaking countries. Soldiers from many countries fought and died in France during WW1. We remember them today on the occasion of the WW1 Armistice Centennial taking place in France on November 11, 2018. Show Notes for Episode 211 WW1 Memorials Sites in France France was deeply scared by WW1 and it's impossible to understand France without a basic understanding of what happened...

Duration:00:34:24

When People Hate Paris, Episode 210

10/31/2018
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When people hate Paris, it's usually that they want to travel, but they want everything to be just like at home at the same time. There are always sticking points when you travel. Not just when you travel to Paris, when you travel anywhere! The important thing is to know what to do so those sticking points are smoothed over and it doesn't adversely affect your vacation. That's the purpose of this episode: give you simple ways to deal with little annoying things you will probably encounter...

Duration:00:23:33

Do's and Don'ts at Restaurants in France, Episode 209

10/24/2018
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How do you get good restaurant service in France? When vacationing we eat out two or three times a day, and if the restaurant experience is unpleasant, it will add up to a vacation with lots of unpleasant moments. How do you minimize that? You get the cultural awareness that will turn "rude" servers into pleasant service providers! All the tips you need to hear are in today's episode <== Click here for show notes!

Duration:00:35:08

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