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Are you getting ready for a trip to Paris? Provence? Normandy? On this podcast we have conversations about France: we share trip reports, chat with tour guides, share tips on French culture, the basics of French history, explain how to be savvy traveler in France, and share our love of French food, wine and destinations in France. By listening to this show you will learn how to make great choices for your own trip to France no matter what part of France you plan to visit. We're also a great community for Francophiles who can't get enough of France and return year after year.

Are you getting ready for a trip to Paris? Provence? Normandy? On this podcast we have conversations about France: we share trip reports, chat with tour guides, share tips on French culture, the basics of French history, explain how to be savvy traveler in France, and share our love of French food, wine and destinations in France. By listening to this show you will learn how to make great choices for your own trip to France no matter what part of France you plan to visit. We're also a great community for Francophiles who can't get enough of France and return year after year.

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Are you getting ready for a trip to Paris? Provence? Normandy? On this podcast we have conversations about France: we share trip reports, chat with tour guides, share tips on French culture, the basics of French history, explain how to be savvy traveler in France, and share our love of French food, wine and destinations in France. By listening to this show you will learn how to make great choices for your own trip to France no matter what part of France you plan to visit. We're also a great community for Francophiles who can't get enough of France and return year after year.

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English


Episodes

Running a Trail Race in the Alps, Episode 312

11/22/2020
This episode of the podcast is a trip report about running a trail race in the Alps with lots of details about how trail races go in France. We also talk about learning French as an adult and how to put together a great family vacation in France. Annie's Favs on Amazon My guest is Mollie Cummins from the beautiful alpine city of Park City, UT. She's used to running trail races at altitude, and yet the Trail du Tour des Fiz in the French Alps was definitely a challenge. Let's talk about...

Duration:01:01:32

Easy French Recipes You Can Make at Home, Episode 311

11/18/2020
I've always loved cooking and now that we can't eat out because of the pandemic, I am definitely cooking at home at lot! Aren't you? I would guess that most of us are in the same boat and can't go out to restaurants much. So we might as well make the most of it, right? Buy Join Us at the Table As you probably know by now, I was born and raised in France. I moved to the US for college and ended up staying for 16 years. If I wanted genuine French food I had to cook it at home because the...

Duration:00:39:36

Remembering the Spanish Flu and WW1, Episode 310

11/8/2020
Patreon On today's episode of the podcast Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Elyse Rivin. As we celebrate then end of WW1 it is also important to remember that the Spanish Flu killed even more people than the war that had just ended. We also talk about how the Spanish Flu changed Europe forever especially how Europeans understand the need to extend health care to everyone. I also want to do a quick review of a book about WW1 that I absolutely loved called All Blood Runs Red by...

Duration:01:12:14

Easiest and Hardest Words to Say in French, Episode 309

11/1/2020
In today's episode of the podcast Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin have fun with the French language. What are the easiest and hardest words to say in French? We asked our Facebook group and they came up with some entertaining responses! You really need to listen to this one to get the full effect! Patreon More fun with expressions in French Easiest and Hardest Words to Say in French Let's start with the easy ones because most French people will think that your accent is adorable. • Écureuil...

Duration:01:26:54

Latin Quarter Highlights, Episode 308

10/25/2020
The 5th arrondissement in Paris is one of Annie's favorites. It also goes by the name Latin Quarter which is its historical name. Visitors don't need to worry too much about different names used in this area because often in Paris you change neighborhood just by crossing the street! Le Petit Belloy Latin Quarter Highlights If you're facing the famous bookstore called Shakespeare and Company, you have Notre Dame Cathedral behind you and to your left. To explore the Latin Quarter you'll walk...

Duration:01:01:58

Annie and Elyse Chat About Emily in Paris

10/18/2020
Patreon Everybody is talking about Emily in Paris. Elyse and I watched it together and we took some notes on our reactions. I must confess that we only watched two episodes, and we already have a lot to say! This is our perspective from a French perspective. While Elyse isn't technically French, she's lived in France so long she's forgetting her English ;-) Click play, let’s see if you agree with us! Why Is Emily in Paris Getting So Much Attention? Big name newspapers and magazines are all...

Duration:01:09:51

Louis Vuitton Foundation

10/11/2020
Patreon On today's episode of the podcast, Annie and Elyse have a conversation about the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Jardin d'Acclimatation in Paris. The Louis Vuitton Foundation and Museum are to the West of Paris, just outside of the périphérique (that’s the Paris belt road). It is easily accessible by metro (line 1). This museum is worth it just to see the building, but the art inside occasional steals the show! And we also talk about the Jardin d'Acclimatation, an amusement park...

Duration:00:49:32

French Kings and the Catholic Church, Episode 305

10/4/2020
In today's episode Annie Sargent talks to Jason Sager about the difficult relationship between French Kings and the Catholic church. And we couldn't get through this topic without talking about the French Wars of Religion. And it’s not just Kings, all of France has a complicated relationship with the Catholic church, even today! Just this morning I was talking to one of my neighbors and she brought up the fact that she goes to church regularly but she’s not a grenouille de bénitier. I bet...

Duration:00:57:46

A Slice of Life in the Hilltop Village of Sancerre, Episode 304

9/27/2020
Returning to the same place over and over again is not something most visitors do, but my guest today, Carl Carlson, has been to Sancerre many times. He and his wife Christine are from Hawaii, but have been going back to Sancerre for at least a couple of weeks almost every year since 2004. We've talked about Sancerre before on the podcast because that's where the language school Coeur de France is situated. It turns out that Carl knows Gérard and Marianne who own the school. They've been...

Duration:00:56:58

The Auvergne Cheese Route, Episode 303

9/20/2020
Today, Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Elyse Rivin about the Route des Fromages AOP d’Auvergne. The word Auvergne designates an old French province around its capital Clermont-Ferrand. Today it is part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and it is just a little west of Lyon and the Alps. This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon. The Auvergne region produces a lot of wonderful...

Duration:01:07:38

Day-Trips Around Bordeaux, Episode 302

9/13/2020
On today's episode, Annie chats with Ira about her favorite day-trips around Bordeaux. Ira is in a great position to tell us about that because she moved to Bordeaux full time a few years ago and has gotten to know the area very well. We talk about several wine routes you can drive, about the Bassin d’Arcachon which is dear to my heart as I explain in the episode, the Entre Deux Mers area, and about general tips about visiting this area. Ira publishes a blog called Lost in Bordeaux that I...

Duration:01:00:22

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a Place of Refuge, Episode 301

9/6/2020
Today I bring you a conversation with Cindy McBrayer about Le Chambon-sur-Lignon a place of refuge. During WW2 this small town and neighboring villages became a heaven for Jewish children who were on the run from the Germans and from French authorities who collaborated with them. Would you like to be a recipe tester for Annie's cookbook? Email her! I’m always surprised by how many novels get released today but are set in WW2! This is a fascinating time period when humanity’s best and...

Duration:00:52:20

Castelnaudary: Cassoulet in Cathar Country, Episode 300

8/30/2020
In this episode Annie and Elyse talk about the lovely city of Castelnaudary. But this being our 300ths episode we also celebrate the moment, discuss our motivations in continuing to produce the podcast and our history. We also talk about Annie's southern French accent (which is shared by our current Prime Minister Jean Castex). And how could we talk about Castelnaudary without talking about Cassoulet? Castelnaudary is, after all, the world-capital of this delicious dish. A major Amazon...

Duration:00:58:52

5 Favorite Chateaux in the Loire Valley, Episode 299

8/23/2020
On today's episode, Annie Sargent brings you a trip report with Rick McGuirk about his 5 favorite chateaux in the Loire Valley. There are so many chateaux along the Loire Valley that it’s hard to choose which ones to go to and which ones to skip. You could spend a couple of months there if you wanted to see them all. So, just in case you don't have that kind of time, let's see which ones are must-sees. Rick and his wife have visited France many times, but this was their first time exploring...

Duration:01:01:27

A Brief History of the Bois de Boulogne, Episode 298

8/16/2020
Patreon The Bois de Boulogne is to the West of Paris, covers part of the 16e arrondissement and it is a large natural area. Baron Haussmann turned it into a park in the middle of the 1800s. At that time it went from a forest to an area of leisure for the upper class. In its most recent history one part of the Bois de Boulogne is an area where there is a fair amount of prostitution, but you can take a stroll there without ever running into it. It is called "le carré". A Brief History of the...

Duration:00:58:54

Visiting D-Day Sites with Kids, Episode 297

8/9/2020
Are you considering visiting D-Day sites with kids? You'll want to listen to this episode! My guests Ginny and Cristina are mother and daughter and the kids were a 12yo boy, a 9yo girl, a 7yo girl, and a 3yo boy. Also on this trip were Ginny’s sister and Cristina’s husband. They took this trip in October 2019. We have a conversation about driving in France, etiquette at French restaurants with kids, and also about taking kids to D-Day sites and how that worked out for this family. The...

Duration:00:52:57

Walking the French Chemin de Compostelle, Episode 296

8/2/2020
On today's episode Annie Sargent and Lisa Wylie talk about walking the French Chemin de Compostelle. Lisa started her walk late April, which is the beginning of the hiking season in France. The end of the hiking season is October. On average there are about 100 people walking the French Chemin de Compostelle per day. But as we'll see in the episode, the Spanish part of the Camino is a lot busier with around 1000 walkers per day. It's still perfectly safe, even for a solo woman...

Duration:00:59:42

Summer Lunches in France, Episode 295

7/26/2020
In this episode, Annie and Elyse chat about our favorite summer lunches in France. We talk about eating habits locals have in France during the warm months and the foods we all look forward to every summer in France. We also share a few recipes and cooking tips from our southern France kitchens! #joinusinfrance #frenchfood #frenchwine #summerfoods Support Elyse on Patreon Annie & Elyse's Favorite Summer Lunches in France In France we don't want to turn the oven on. Why? Because most...

Duration:00:57:29

Favorite Shopping Spots in Paris, Episode 294

7/19/2020
On today’s episode, a conversation where Annie asked listeners to share their favorite shopping spots in Paris. Listeners mentioned so many places they love to go back to over and over again! Several stand out for clothing, food, wine, accessories, cosmetics, hobbies, gifts, it’s all here! Favorite Shopping Spots in Paris It’s funny for me to talk about shopping because I’m not much of a shopper myself. I mean, if I need something, I’ll go get it. But I don’t go out just to look around,...

Duration:00:41:34

Brothers Meet in Paris, Episode 293

7/12/2020
What happens when brothers meet in Paris? Well, they have a great time, of course! Annie's guest on today's episode, Ernesto de Jesus, lives in California and his brother lives in the Philippines. They decided to spend some time together in Paris. They took the Eurostar to get from London to Paris and that was uneventful. Booking the ticket on-line was easy, then they took a taxi between the train station and their hotel and that made it much easier. They got their first glimpse of the city...

Duration:00:53:45