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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.

And because this show has been around for a while, we also had time to share language tips, every-day life in France, and tips for those who are considering moving to 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.

Join Us in France Travel Podcast Annie Sargent

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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.

And because this show has been around for a while, we also had time to share language tips, every-day life in France, and tips for those who are considering moving to 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.

    Honeymoon in Provence, Episode 268

    Honeymoon in Provence, Episode 268

    On today’s episode Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Denise Tham from Canada about her 10-day honeymoon in Provence. The newlyweds  stayed in Avignon, visited Arles, the Pont du Gard, Uzès, drove around the the Petit Lubéron (where they found a lovely bed & breakfast listed below), and ended in Marseille.
    How to Plan Your Honeymoon in Provence Listening to this episode will make your own honeymoon planning much easier because Denise did the hard work: she found great accommodations, great restaurants and she even figured out the best way to get around in Provence!
    Transportation in Provence Provence is tricky because there are places you can't get to without a car. And yet there are times when having a car in Provence makes everything difficult because there is nowhere to park!
    Denise and her husband used a combination of train and car rental, which is the best way to proceed. You definitely don't want to hold on to your rental car in large cities in Provence because parking will drive you nuts!
    On the other hand, parking in small Provençal villages in late September / early October wasn't an issue. The key is to plan ahead and book your rental in advance because last-minute car rentals cost a fortune in France!
    Is Marseille worth a Visit? In this episode we also discuss the age-old question: is Marseille a good place to visit in Provence? This conversation starts 35 minutes into the episode, but to summarize, we both think Marseille is a wonderful place if moving around multi-cultural environment feels natural to you.
    What if You Don't Want to Use Airbnb? More and more people are weary of using Airbnb. Denise found great places to rent through Booking. To find the gems, go to this page, then scroll down and on the left you'll see a lot of criteria, including Apartments, Villas, Hostels, and price range. It's worth mentioning because a lot of people don't know it's a possibility!
    Provence Accommodations Recommendations Great Apartment in Avignon
    Maison d'Ulyse near Pont du Gard
    Le Clos des Eydins in Bonnieux
    Restaurants Recommendations Denise’s husband is a chef, so they paid attention to restaurants and have great recommendations for lovely places to eat.
    La Fourchette and L'Agape in Avignon
    Lunch and L'Occitane Spa at La Maison d'Uzes
    Bistrot le 5 in Menerbes
    Le Petit Cabanon and Le Bistro du Cour in Marseille
    Click play to listen or if you'd rather read our conversation click on transcript. You'll also find Denise's notes by visiting the guest notes.
    Episodes about Honeymoons in France
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    • 57 min
    Fall in Love with Corsica, Episode 267

    Fall in Love with Corsica, Episode 267

    In this episode of the podcast, Annie and her guest Michael Grove give you many reasons to fall in love with Corsica. Specifically upper Corsica or Haute-Corse.
    Michael spent a whole month exploring Corsica and wrote about it on his travel blog. He shares his favorite places, hidden gems that took his breath away, details about the food you'll find in Corsica and more.
    Hotels Michael Used on this Trip Bastia—Hotel Napoleon, 43 Boulevard Paoli
    Rogliano—Hotel U Sant Agnellu (perched village with great view from the dining room and from rooms facing Mediterranean Sea)
    Centuri—Hotel Vieux Moulin (overlooks small port and has good restaurant)
    Cargèse—Residence Roc E Mare
    Places Michael Visited He'll take us to (not necessrily in that order, see map in the show notes) Bastia, Rogliano, Centuri, Saint-Florent, L’Île-Rousse, Calvi, Porto, Cargèse, Corte, Patrimonio, the Calanques de Piana, the Réserve naturelle de Scandola, Pigna, Nonza, and Sant'Antonino.
    Great Foods from Corsica And the foods sound out of this world: brocciu, beignets au chaud sucré (ou salé), coppa, lonzu, figatellu. Don't know what those are? I didn't know either! Let Michael explain! If you're having a hard time with all the Corsican words, follow along with the transcript. I've done my best to spell all those names correctly 🙂
    Corsica: Recipes and Stories from a Mediterranean Island
    The restaurant Michael mentions where he couldn't remember the name in Pigna is called A Mandria di Pigna. To see more of his restaurant recommendations click on Guest Notes below.
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    Discussed in this Episode Balagna Area [04:16] Bastia [10:04] In the high or medium season don't try to wing it with the hotels [11:34] Strong regional culture in Corsica [12:10] Prices in Corsica [16:12] Corte and the citadel [17:51] Nonza and La Sassa outdoor restaurant [20:32] Col de Teghime {23:06] Calanques de Piana [24:55] Réserve naturelle de Scandola [25:21] How to visit the calanques [26:12] Hicking in the Haute Corse [28:04] The village of Pigna [29:47] The village of Sant'Antonino [30:23] The gastronomy of Corsica: we mention a lot of local specialties in this segment! [34:05] Is Corsica a vacation for couples or families or adventure seekers? [40:31] How is Corsica different from the rest of France? [42:01] Thank you patrons and donors! [45:05] Annie's new Saint-Germain-des-Prés tour on the VoiceMap App [47:07] A little bit of a health scare [48:03] Quick update about the current strikes in France [50:42]

    • 54 min
    3 Common Mistakes Tourists Make in Paris, Episode 266

    3 Common Mistakes Tourists Make in Paris, Episode 266

    We all make mistakes sometimes. But when your vacation time is precious, it's best to learn how to avoid them!
    In this episode I am not talking about tourists who are totally clueless and unprepared. My podcast guests are typically well informed about France! And yet they still find themselves making the same mistakes.
    So, this episode is all about helping you make small changes in mindset that will help you be better prepared for your trip to Paris.
    What Are the 3 Common Mistakes Tourists Make in Paris? Here are the small snafus people commonly run into in Paris:
    #1 Opening and Closing Times [01:12] Check opening and closing times more than once because you will forget! This is especially true if you are forced to make last-minute changes and assume you'll push today's visit to tomorrow.
    #2 Beware of Distances Between Paris Attractions [06:16] You've heard your whole life that when in Paris you'll get the most enjoyment when walking. And while that is true, for those of us who are not athletes it's important to make good choices. You don't want to be exhausted by the time you arrive at the Orsay Museum!
    This map shows walking distances between metro stations in Paris. Even better, check walking times on Google maps before you decide to walk![/caption]
    #3 Don't Schedule Any Timed Visits on Your First Day [09:49] Flights get delayed. You might be terribly tired from the flight. Because things happen, it's best to avoid visits that require you to show up at a specific time. What can you do instead?
    Walk around your neighborhood, try some cafés Take a river cruise Take one of my self-guided walking tours with the VoiceMap App Show notes for this episode are here:  https://joinusinfrance.com/266
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    • 25 min
    Paris with Preschool Children, Episode 265

    Paris with Preschool Children, Episode 265

    Today’s episode is a trip report with Michelle Donnell Adzhemyan on a trip to Paris she took late August 2019 with her husband and two preschool children.
    Paris with Preschool Children: Good Idea? You may have wondered if taking your 4.5yo and 2.5yo to Paris is a good idea, and it probably wouldn't be for every family. But sometimes it works out great as you'll hear from Michelle on today's episode!
    Since Annie lived in the US when her only daughter was born, she made the long trip home to France to visit my family on many occasions, and traveling with young kids is not something most people look forward to. But it can be done, with class and panache, and it can be a very positive experience for the whole family.
    Tips for Enjoying Paris with Preschool Children In the episode Michelle talks about why they decided to take their two children and how they prepared them for the trip. They asked themselves all the right questions but still ran into a couple of minor mistakes you should avoid.
    And how difficult will it be finding bathrooms in Paris for a little boy who is in the middle of potty training? It wasn't hard in Paris, but it was a little more difficult in smaller cities.
    Michelle gives some great recommendations for apps, books, children's camera, stoller rental, French music, and where you can store your bags in Paris while you wait for your apartment to be ready.
    Discussed in this Episode 3 days in Paris [06:21] Why did you decide to take your preschool children? [07:21] Preparing preschool children for a trip to Paris [08:12] Language Apps for children [08:39] Most French people react positively to young children [10:25] Learning about the Thinking Man before the trip [[10:44] Paris Hide and Seek book [11:18] Mission Paris book [11:50] Bringing Up Bébé book [12:47] Annie's Spotify French music playlist [[14:41] Teaching the kids about pickpockets [15:53] Getting cameras for the children [16:50] Debating about taking a stroller or not [18:01] Company in Paris that will rent you a stroller if you need one [18:37] Strollers are not cheap in France [18:53] Dropping off bags at Nanny Bag [20:04] Check opening and closing hours! [20:50] Kids loved Notre Dame because they had seen the Disney movie [21:10] Quick visit to the Sainte Chapelle [22:02] River cruise with Vedettes du Pont Neuf [22:03] Don't schedule anything on your first day in Paris! [23:38] Enjoying the Place des Vosges [24:58] Listening to Annie's VoiceMap Tour in advance [26:08] Getting food at Maison Plisson [27:07] Plan on dinners at the airbnb [27:41] The Louvre isn't good for preschool children [28:09] Great visit to the Luxembourg Gardens [30:03] Save your legs for the venues by using Citymapper [30:20] No walking on the grass at the Luxembourg Gardens [32:16] French people don't understand Mexican food at all [33:23] Do a photoshoot! [33:55] Pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower [34:54] Preschoolers love the Eiffel Tower [35:21] A lovely dinner at Qui Plume la Lune [36:18] The Rodin Museum is great with preschool children [38:04] Dinner at L'Entrecôte [38:16] Going to Bordeaux and the Gers [39:38] When traveling with kids it's good to get out of big cities [40:10] The price of Uber rides in Paris [40:35] L'Atelier des Lumières is great with kids [42:40] Potty training in France [43:06] Have a separate room for the kids [43:48] It was all worth it! [45:20] Thank you Patrons and Donors! [46:56] Annie's Itinerary Review service [49:06] Support the show without spending a penny more [49:56] Top 10 Join Us in France episode of 2019 [50:34] 2020 plans for the Join Us in France Travel Podcast [55:35] Share the word about the podcast! [58:39] Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/265
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    • 1 hr
    Planning a Group Trip to Paris, Episode 264

    Planning a Group Trip to Paris, Episode 264

    On today’s episode Mary White tells me about her trip to France with 10 friends and relatives including a child, a teen, adults, in all this was a big group of family and friends. Now, when you have a big group like that everything gets more complicated, but Mary planned it really well and they had a great time. Ready to hear her secrets? Click play!
    Hotel recommended in this episode:  Le Petit Belloy Discussed in this Episode Paris with family and friends [02:47] How to pull off a trip with a big group [03:54] Using a custom Google map [05:49] Don't overwhelm your group with every detail [06:43] Use the rome2rio app [08:30] Keep everyone informed of changes via text messages [10:19] Get the Museum Pass [10:51] Use official taxis [12:47] L'Alsacienne Restaurant [14:45] Berthillon ice cream [16:35] Great hotel at a reasonable budget [17:11] View to the Eiffel Tower [18:30] Don't make that mistake when going to Versailles [20:26] Uber problem [21:24] Have a good attitude [25:23] Strategy for Versailles [27:09] Éclairs and Millefeuilles [29:44] Pickpocket on the RER [30:23] What do you do if someone in your group gets left on the platform? [34:12] Reserving restaurants using La Fourchette or messaging them on Facebook [36:33] Watching Bastille Day fireworks from the hotel window [38:04] Taxis in Paris are cheaper than in New York [39:16] You'll walk a lot in Paris! [40:19] Bourguignon du Marais restaurant [41:14] Can you agree on not splitting checks? [44:08] Hiring a van to take all of them to Normandy for the day [45:56] Don't get upset if you need to make last-minute changes [49:27] Don't be afraid to split up if you need to [49:47] Get the Museum Pass [50:04] Enjoy mealtimes [50:46] Choose a hotel with lots of options nearby (more reasons why Petit Belloy was a good choice) [51:20] Sometimes touristy places are great [52:42] Advice for foodies [53:42] Pre-purchase as many things as you can [54:11] Buying tickets for the Eiffel Tower [55:05] Thank you Patrons [58:49] Trip planning consult with Annie [59:41] Support the show without spending a penny you wouldn't have otherwise [01:00:06] New Year's Resolutions [01:00:42] Be an Ambassador for the Join Us in France Travel Podcast! [01:03:56] #joinusinfrance #podcast #parisgroup #pariswithfamily #parisfamilytravel #grouptravelplanning

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Christmas Markets of Northern France and Belgium, Episode 263

    Christmas Markets of Northern France and Belgium, Episode 263

    On this episode of the podcast, Annie talks to Amanda Brikerhoff about her visit to Christmas markets of Northern France and Belgium. On previous trips Amanda had also visited Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria, so Amanda compares the experience.
    They spend one week split between Northern France and Belgium. They landed in Paris and picked up a car at CDG (make sure you reserve before you arrive or you'll be stunned at the prices!) Then they drove around starting with a short stop in Beauvais, then to Amiens, Arras, St. Valery-sur-Somme, Etaples
    She definitely has her favorites and she explains why! Christmas markets are not all created equal, and some things about them are a little off-putting to tell you the truth. Stay tuned, we’ll help you choose the best!
    Hotels Recommended in this Episode Amiens: Une maison en ville (maison d'hôte)
    Lille: Grand Hôte Bellevue
    Ghent: Ganda Rooms & Suites
    Reims: La caserne Chanzy
    Discussed in this Episode A quick stop in Beauvais [04:48] Staying in Amiens [08:11] Visiting the Amiens Christmas Market on a Sunday [10:27] Macarons d'Amiens [11:24] They don't sell a lot of Christmas ornaments at French Christmas Markets [12:57] A stop at the Medieval town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme [14:53] The WW1 military cemetery at Etaples [15:03] The festive Christmas Market of Arras [15:51] Belgian and Flemish architecture in Arras [17:11] Looking for local handmade items [18:04] Mulled wine and regional foods [20:44] Saint Leu district in Amiens [22:18] Light show at the Amiens Cathedral [22:46] The Christmas Market at Lille [26:09] The Lochnagar Mine Memorial [26:36] The Christmas Market in Bruges Belgium [29:21] The Basilica of the Holy Blood in Bruges [30:34] A night in Ghent [32:33] The Ghent Alterpiece in Ghent [33:05] Enjoying Belgian Waffles [35:49] The Reims Christmas Market [38:58] The Reims Cathedral and light show [40:46] What was your favorite Christmas Market of all these towns? [43:48] Comparing Christmas Markets in Europe [45:31] Email | Annie's VoiceMap Tours | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
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    • 54 min

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Fun and informative - brings topics and places to life

This is an entertaining and informative way to get a french culture 'fix'. Those learning french would really benefit from listening, as well as anyone who is simply a francophile. It's full of details on fascinating places and the french way of life. The hosts also share their opinions and anecdotes, which makes it well informed and fun.

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to spend 3 podcasts on a subject that they they tell us when visiting will take just two hours and the real recommendation is to walk around the outside - is a waste of time. The discussion is really short on facts - except for finding toilets.

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