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French Professor Visits France
The big question for today's episode of the podcast is, when a French professor visits France, where does she go? The other question is, how do you make progress in French when people in Paris all speak English?
Brooke Koss is a French professor in Texas. She's spent a lot of time in France and her visits are a sort of whirlwind of activity going from friend's house to friend's house all over France. She calls herself a "Stéphanoise" which means someone from Saint-Etienne. It's very much off the beaten track for most visitors and yet has a lot to offer.
Listen to this episode to find out why!
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Discussed in this Episode Brittany (Bretagne) Paris Saint Etienne Lyon The Rhône Alpes area Toraine Dordogne Roscoff Ile de Batz Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueysac Saint Etienne Museum Museum Pilat Sainte-Maries-de-la-Mer Camargue Auvergne Issoire Lac Pavin (an eerie circular lake) Vulcania Le Puy de Sancy Le Pal Le Chateau de Val Michelin tires museum Support the Show Tip Your Guides Extras Patreon Audio Tours Merchandise
Standing Stones around Carnac in Brittany
The mysterious Standing Stones around Carnac make a strong impression on most people. Why would anyone line up so many huge stones over such a long distance? What was their purpose? How did they do it? We don't have all the answers in this episode of the podcast, but we can help you plan a great trip to the standing stones of Brittany!
What we can say for a fact is that large alignment of stones such as the one we see in Carnac are evidence of purposefulness. The people who created this structure were capable of planning a complex project. In a world that was still largely natural, this set them apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. Perhaps that was the whole point? Affirming their human nature as thinking, planning people?
Table of Contents for 'Standing Stones around Carnac in Brittany' with links to the text transcript
[00:00:14] Intro [00:00:38] Today on the podcast [00:01:04] Podcast supporters [00:01:22] The Newsletter [00:02:21] Annie and Elyse about the Standing Stones [00:02:33] Why the stones were made [00:02:59] The towns in the area [00:04:00] What are the Standing Stones? [00:05:15] What’s a Menhir? [00:05:56] There are different kinds of standing stones [00:07:03] How they put them together [00:08:38] The orientation of the stones [00:10:28] Associated with the first farmers [00:11:32] Carnac, a World Heritage Site [00:12:35] Visiting Carnac [00:14:29] What could you do with the stones? [00:17:19] Standing stones are as mysterious as painted caves [00:18:12] The stones are marked, named, and described [00:19:12] The Dolmen as burial stones [00:19:40] How is a Dolmen different from a Menhir? [00:22:26] Cairn of Le Petit Mont in Arzon [00:24:46] Other places not to miss in the area [00:29:07] Perfect area to visit for people who like to be outside [00:31:24] The legend of Saint Cornely [00:34:14] Biking around Carnac [00:35:25] Riding Your Bike in France [00:35:53] This part of Brittany is great for slow travel [00:37:43] Weather in Brittany [00:38:50] Outro [00:39:22] New patrons and video update [00:39:59] Bootcamp [00:40:32] Preparing a trip to France? [00:40:53] Itinerary consultant [00:41:52] VoiceMap Tours [00:42:28] Travel question of the week: Train Conductors and getting told off [00:47:09] Personal Update [00:47:42] French people are not used to paying for medical care [00:51:30] Next week on the podcast
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An Accidental Francophile Moves to Paris
Jennifer Gruenke became an accidental Francophile when she had an opportunity to spend a month in France through a Rotary Club exchange program in her twenties. This program took her through the heartland of France with cities like Montluçon, Saint-Julien, Périgueux, Rodez, Aurillac, Le Puy-en-Velay, and Anvers. This was a long time ago, and she enjoyed it so much that she learned French using cassette tapes!
On her first trip to France, Jennifer found French people open and welcoming. She finds that is still the case today. She realized that while average French people don't have as much money as the average American; they take the time to enjoy a simple life. That appealed to her a great deal. She earned enough to retire early, sold everything, and moved to Paris with two large suitcases. She's now been in Paris for a year and she plans to stay because she loves both the lifestyle and the city.
Her story will give encouragement to folks who aren't wealthy but would love to enjoy living a simple life in Paris.
Jennifer shares the names of companies that helped her move successfully. Among them Interactive Brokers (to move money around with low fees), Mondassure (for health insurance), and LCL (but she could not make any French on-line bank accept her as a customer as she explains in the episode).
Table of Contents for 'An Accidental Francophile Moves to Paris' with links to the text transcript
[00:00:00] Intro [00:00:36] Today on the podcast [00:01:09] Podcast supporters [00:01:28] Join Us in France Newsletter [00:03:16] Accidental Francophile [00:04:03] Exchange Program and Trip [00:04:50] Learning French [00:06:27] Arrived in France with Stereotypical Ideas [00:07:45] Montluçon [00:08:47] Aligot [00:09:22] Anvers [00:09:51] La France Profonde [00:10:48] People are Hospitable [00:13:03] Joining Associations Helps [00:14:33] Conversation Exchange [00:16:02] How did the move happen? [00:16:27] Making money from the housing market [00:18:56] Applied for a visitor visa first [00:20:15] The cost to get a visa [00:21:27] Necessary income to live in France [00:22:40] In Paris, rent is the biggest expense [00:23:12] Lodging [00:24:17] You need local pros to help with rentals [00:25:38] The first apartment [00:26:51] Found a better studio apartment [00:29:05] An small apartment in Paris can be as much as a house in the French countryside [00:30:07] Keeping a US phone number with Google Voice [00:33:11] Banking and getting a French bank account [00:34:07] Opening account with N26 [00:34:59] LCL Bank [00:36:40] Brokerage [00:40:09] Cost of healthcare [00:40:14] The cost of healthcare in France [00:40:17] Marker [00:42:25] Why French doctors are so cheap compared to American doctors [00:43:08] What Americans pay to get into the French healthcare system [00:44:04] Is France an Expensive Place to Live? [00:44:35] Season fruit is not so good at Lidl [00:46:02] What happens when the tourist visa expires? [00:47:25] Does she intend to stay for several years? [00:51:29] Thank you, patrons[00:51:29] Outro [00:52:12] Bootcamp and Patreon [00:52:25] Elyse’s Patreon [00:53:15] Preparing a trip to France? [00:54:36] Self-guided tours [00:55:06] Travel News – Weekend du Patrimoine 2022 [00:56:20] No cars allowed in Paris weekend [00:57:27] Jean-Luc Godard [00:59:04] Personal Update [01:00:22] Something wonderful and unexpected [01:01:38] Show notes
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Everyday Life in France
Do you wonder what everyday life in France is like? Perhaps you have this idea in the back of your mind that you'd like to move to France. What will it be like day-to-day when you do? Annie Sargent was born and raised in France but she lived away for 18 years. As such, she has a unique view on her own country. And Elyse Rivin of Toulouse Guided Walks is from New York originally, but has been living in France for a very long time.
Today we talk about everyday life in France and how it differs from the other places we've lived. If you've ever moved far from home, you know that how we live in one country is not the same as in another, is it?
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Table of Contents for the Everyday life in France Episode
[00:00:14] Intro [00:00:35] Today on the podcast [00:01:42] Self-guided tours [00:03:01] Travel question of the week [00:03:18] The France bootcamp [00:04:28] Annie and Elyse about everyday life in France [00:05:14] French people eat at set meal times [00:06:19] French people don’t eat at their desk [00:09:01] Some restaurants in France only open at lunchtime [00:09:44] Workers’ restaurants [00:11:04] Families eat together in the evenings [00:12:14] Apartment or house? [00:13:17] Coffee Breaks [00:14:49] More pressure to be part of a group [00:15:18] Today, the default is to use “tu” in business situations [00:15:33] Kissing people on the cheeks [00:16:28] Vacations in France [00:17:32] People don’t respond when on vacation [00:17:51] People are discovering vacations in France instead of abroad [00:18:26] Check schedule for long weekends [00:19:41] Appreciating nature more [00:21:05] Arrêt de travail [00:22:44] Cafe culture is important in France [00:24:21] French bookstores don’t have a cafe [00:25:28] Relationship to money [00:26:32] French people save their pennies [00:27:02] Not into consumerism [00:28:12] Don’t talk about how much you earn [00:28:28] French banks issue debit card, not actual credit cards [00:29:16] Bring a debit card to France [00:30:32] Don’t ask people about money, background, religion [00:32:37] French employers can ask questions that aren’t allowed in the US [00:33:31] In France it’s OK to discuss politics [00:36:05] Acceptable topics for people you just met [00:36:19] Talk about food [00:39:53] Talk about books [00:40:00] Talk about TV shows [00:40:09] Talk about travel [00:40:33] Fine to ask what’s your profession? [00:41:03] Talk about your next vacation [00:41:15] Talk about pets [00:42:33] Life is not as busy in France [00:43:40] Don’t count on things in August [00:44:47] Thank you, patrons [00:45:10] Welcome new patrons [00:45:59] Preparing a trip to France? [00:47:32] Self-guided tours [00:47:55] Travel Question of the Week [00:52:04] No French news – Climate change [00:52:48] Personal Update [00:53:56] Next week on the podcast More episodes about French culture FOLLOW US ON: Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter Support the Show Tip Your Guides Extras Patreon Audio Tours Merchandise
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France with a Baby, Episode 405
Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Eddie Hamalian about visiting France with a baby. He’s quite the dad and a definite Francophile. His wife has family in France as well, so this was something they wanted to do. Eddie has great tips for all of you young parents who want to come to France with their baby. It turns out that French people love visitor who bring their children, but there are a few gotchas you need to be aware of. On this trip Eddie and his family went to Lyon, Annecy, Beaune, and Paris.
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France Travel Update For the travel update this week, Annie talks about the Père Lachaise for pets in Asnière-sur-Seine. A serene and very unusual place!
Recommended in this episode Quenlles de Lyon Yo-Yo Zen stroller Inglesina chair for restaurants Best Western Hotel International Le Jardin des 5 Sens on in Yvoire Cheese Fondue at Le Monchu in Chamonix Au Raisin Gourmand Restaurant in Beaune Le Caveau des Arches Restaurant in Beaune Restaurant Kalypso in the Batignolles neighborhood in Paris Le Costaud des Batignolles restaurant in Paris La Gazette Batignolles Brasserie in Paris Le Valmy Restaurant in the 10th Arrondissement in Paris Créatures Restaurant on top of the Galeries Lafayette in Paris near the Opera Video of the Pet Cemetery in Asnière-sur-Seine France with a Baby General Recommendations Airbnbs are great because you can make it feel more like home Bring a stroller like the Baby Zen Yoyo Be prepared to change diapers in the stroller or on the grass. Most restaurants in France don't have room for a big changing table. Trains are difficult with a baby or children, it adds a lot of stress. Consider renting a car instead. Don't assume people speak English. Try French first! Ask "parlez-vous Anglais ? Table of Contents for the France with a Baby Episode
[00:00:00] Intro [00:00:38] Today on the Podcast [00:00:59] Thank You, Patrons [00:01:29] France Bootcamp [00:02:34] Main Interview [00:03:11] How long was he in Paris? [00:04:04] Paul Bocuse market [00:04:15] Paul Bocuse with a Baby [00:05:22] His Favorite Food in Lyon [00:06:38] Lunch Times in France [00:07:18] The Tête-d’Or Park [00:08:24] Would You Tip a Boat Attendant? [00:09:03] Lyon with a Stroller [00:10:08] No Baby Seats in Restaurants [00:11:29] Annecy [00:12:44] Bad Airbnb experience [00:16:34] Le Jardin De Cinq Sens [00:17:50] Chamonix [00:19:24] Beaune [00:21:14] Baby-friendly country, might feel too friendly to some [00:23:46] Let’s pretend we live in Paris [00:24:59] You Need Time to Visit the Louvre [00:25:43] Paris is inexpensive compared to Los Angeles [00:26:17] You pay for the view, even in Franc! [00:27:50] Favorite Restaurants in Les Battignole [00:28:54] Le Costaud des Battignolles [00:29:56] Gazette Brasserie [00:30:17] Baby trying new foods in France [00:31:46] 10th arrondissement [00:33:17] Areas to avoid in Paris [00:36:27] Unsavory Parts of Paris [00:38:18] Daughter’s baptism at the Armenian cathedral [00:39:49] The Galleries Lafayette, family celebration [00:41:48] General Advice for France with a Baby [00:43:54] Avoid the Train If You Can [00:45:17] Don’t Assume Everyone Speaks English [00:46:58] Thank You, Patrons [00:47:20] New Patrons [00:48:27] The Facebook Group [00:49:48] Hire Me as Your Itinerary Consultant [00:50:24] Self-guided VoiceMap Tours [00:50:52] Pet Cemetary in Asnière-sur-Seine near Paris [00:52:09] This week in French news [00:54:18] Gaillac [00:56:24] Show Notes [00:57:12] Next Week on the Podcast More episodes about Family Travel in France
FOLLOW US ON: Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter Discussed in this Episode Lyon Annecy Chamonix Beanne Paris Bad Airbnb experience 10e Arrondissement the hip area Areas you want to avoid in Paris Avoid the area between Ga
An Introduction to Victor Hugo
On this episode of the podcast, Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Elyse Rivin of Toulouse Guided Walks as an Introduction to Victor Hugo.
Visit the places where Victor Hugo lived There are places you can visit where he lived. The first is the place where he was born: Besançon. La Maison Natale de Victor Hugo is where you can learn about his progressive political views. The second is on Place des Vosges where he lived for a few years. This is where you can see his standing desk (picture below) and other furnishings of this posh home.
Victor Hugo had an immense influence on French politics and was so well-loved that 2 million people came to see his coffin go by on his way to the Pantheon. His was the first "celebrity funeral" as we know them today.
Annie loves his works and shares a poem most French people know by heart" Demain dès l'aube" which he wrote in memory of his daughter. He was an exciting man who wrote wonderful novels.
France Travel Update For the France travel update, Annie explains why RoissyBus is a good alternative to taking a taxi in Paris. Not as difficult as the RER and about the same price as taking the train. Don't be scared of French buses, they are lovely! This one has AC and WiFi!
Recommended in this episode Les Misérables has been adapted many times in movies, plays and Broadway shows. The more adventurous of us might want to read the novel, but it's very long. Perhaps an audio book would be easier to deal with?
Les Miserables, unabridged in Audio book in English.
Abridged version of Les Miserables on Audible, also in English.
This is the unabridged audio book in French Annie is listening to.
Demain, dès l'aube in French Demain, dès l’aube, à l’heure où blanchit la campagne,
Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m’attends.
J’irai par la forêt, j’irai par la montagne.
Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.
Je marcherai les yeux fixés sur mes pensées,
Sans rien voir au dehors, sans entendre aucun bruit,
Seul, inconnu, le dos courbé, les mains croisées,
Triste, et le jour pour moi sera comme la nuit.
Je ne regarderai ni l’or du soir qui tombe,
Ni les voiles au loin descendant vers Harfleur,
Et quand j’arriverai, je mettrai sur ta tombe
Un bouquet de houx vert et de bruyère en fleur.
Table of Contents for this Episode
[00:00:00] Intro [00:00:41] Today on the podcast [00:02:35] Victor Hugo [00:03:33] Besançon: His birthplace [00:03:50] Places you can visit related to Victor Hugo [00:05:17] Place de Vosges [00:06:41] His Daily Habits [00:07:22] Achieving great success early in life [00:08:21] An author who wrote fast [00:08:47] A prolific author in all genres [00:11:16] Jersey and Guernsey [00:12:05] An Interest in Decoration [00:13:26] A brief recap of Victor Hugo’s family history [00:15:01] Affairs on both sides [00:20:11] How his work is being taught in French schools [00:20:56] Enjoying Victor Hugo’s novels today [00:21:58] Le Jeux Floraux [00:22:17] Victor Hugo started earning with his writing at a young age [00:23:15] Leopoldine’s death [00:25:42] Demain Dès L’aube [00:27:54] His Writing Style [00:36:12] Jean Valjean [00:42:13] His Exile [00:42:54] Victor Hugo was strongly opposed to the death penalty [00:46:37] His return to France [00:47:01] Victor Hugo’s Death [00:48:10] He wanted to eradicate poverty [00:49:41] Outro [00:49:41] Thank you, patrons [00:50:13] Shout out to new patrons [00:50:42] Itinerary consults [00:51:26] Self-guided tours [00:51:52] Trevor Noah’s VoiceMap tour [00:52:35] Alternative to the RER [00:54:03] EU digital passenger locator form [00:54:41] Personal Update: Bordeaux Rosa Bonheur Exhibition [00:57:31] Next week on the podcast More episodes about French culture FOLLOW US ON: Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
Listeners benefit from Annie’s passion. Merci!
This podcast is truly an outcome of Annie’s personal passion and love. She makes travel to France so approachable and possible. Her conversations are as though they are at the dinner table and I’m right there with her guest, whether it be Lyse, her regular guest and good friend, or someone else. 360 podcasts and counting. Bravo!!
Priceless value for planning my trip
I have listened and even “re-listened” to several of the podcasts. I appreciate the variety of topics covered. We have added so many to see spots to our itinerary because of the podcast. Our upcoming trip to France has been extended to include more sightseeing after getting excited about things to see and places to go that I know we would not have considered as I would not have known about them. I think tourism France may owe you a commission!
Informative and fun!
Really enjoying listening to this podcast. It's a great help with trip planning, to stay up to date with current information, and to learn more about this amazingly diverse country. Annie and Elise cover a wide range of topics and regions in an informal conversational way. So glad I found this podcast!