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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.

    An Assortment of French Movies, Episode 271

    An Assortment of French Movies, Episode 271

    Annie and Elyse love a great assortment of cookies, but they also love a great assortment of French movies, which is what we bring you on today's episode!
    One of our listeners asked a thought-provoking question: what French movies portrait France well? And while we were thinking about that, several people pipped in with the name of their favorite French movies.
    The thing is, a French person's idea of a great French movie is not the same as what English speakers consider good French movies. The most popular movies in France are mostly silly. French people love nothing more than a good slap-stick comedy!
    My American friends love movies like The Hundred-Foot Journey. A feel-good movie that takes place in a mythical version of France. I went to Saint Antonin Noble Val to see where the movie was shot. I recognized nothing that looks like the movie at all. Having said that, Saint Antonin is still a nice place to visit.
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    #joinusinfrance #frenchmovies #frenchculture #travel #podcast
    The Assortment of French Movies Discussed in this Episode We don't present the movies and TV series in any particular order, we just followed our train of thought :-)
    Le Père Noël est une ordure
    Les Bronzés
    L'aile ou la cuisse
    La Chèvre
    Le dîner de cons
    Les Visiteurs
    La vérité si je mens
    100 foot journey
    Midnight in Paris
    Amélie
    Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis
    Les Intouchables
    Asterix and Obelix
    A Good Year
    Breathless (A bout de souffle)
    The Passion of Joan of Arc
    A Trip to the Moon (???)
    The Grand Illusion
    Chocolat
    Ratatouille
    Les Revenants (TV Series)
    The Chorus
    A Very Secret Service (Au service de la France TV Series)
    Versailles (TV)
    A French Village (TV)
    Les Aventures de Rabi Jacob
    Jean de Florette
    Manon des Sources
    Camille Claudel
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Le Chateau de Ma Mère
    La Gloire de Mon Père

    • 1 hr 18 min
    6 Days in the Dordogne and Aveyron, Episode 270

    6 Days in the Dordogne and Aveyron, Episode 270

    Scott and his fiancé Grant spent 6 wonderful days in the Dordogne and Aveyron, two neighboring areas in Occitanie in the southwest of France. And since that's home for me, it's a pleasure to report that they had a great time!
    Best Places in the Dordogne and Aveyron They visited Sarlat, La Roque Gageac, Beynac, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Belcastel, Najac, Toulouse and Carcassone so those were busy days and well planned-out days. They have great accommodations and restaurant recommendations too!
    In the episode we don't talk about Toulouse and Carcassonne because we ran out of time, but check out Scott's Guest Notes for information on those.
    Scott has been in France several times and loves lots of things about it  including food, wine, and French culture.
    Accommodations Recommendations They like to stay in one place for 2 or 3 nights and will pick either hotel or rental depending on what the area has to offer. These are the gems they found on this trip:
    Airbnb in Sarlat (Dordogne)
    Chateau de Belecastel (Aveyron)
    Airbnb in Najac (Aveyron)
    Restaurant Recommendations They only made a brief stop in Bordeaux but managed to find a great restaurant: La Tupina. This is a restaurant with a country feel and an open fire in the middle of it and they serve great local specialties.
    In Belcastel they really enjoyed the Restaurant du Vieux Pont. It's worth making a reservation to eat at this one-star restaurant because the other food option in Belcastel is a little touristy restaurant Annie tried that was nothing to write home about!
    About Renting a Car in France Don't let the car rental agency upgrade you to a bigger car, it won't fit anywhere! And also, don't follow Google Maps too closely. If it's taking you on a dirt road, don't go there unless you've been warned that the entrance gate is on a dirt road.
    You've got to hear what happened when they asked Google Maps to drive them to a parking lot in Belcastel! That starts at [34:27] And you also need to listen to that part because Belcastel is truly one of the most memorable scenic villages in France!
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    #joinusinfrance #Sarlat #sarlatfrance #SarlatlaCaneda #belcastel #travel #podcast #occitanie

    • 52 min
    UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France, Episode 269

    UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France, Episode 269

    Annie and Elyse discuss UNESCO World Heritage sites in France, that they are and why it matters. France has 44 sites inscribed on the list and several more are in the process of applying.
    Some UNESCO Word Heritage sites in France are man-made and others are natural sites. The fortified city of Carcassonne is one of the man-made sites while the Gulf of Porto in Corsica is a natural site.
    Some UNESCO sites are very well defined (Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris) others are harder to describe (the banks of the River Seine for example). Some are extremely famous (the Pont du Gard) and others not as much (the fortifications of Vauban).
    Getting listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site can have a big impact on a site. A great example of that is the city center of Albi. It was a bit of a sleepy town for a long time and since getting listed it get large numbers of visitors.
    The city center of Toulouse between the Saint Sernin Basilica and the Pont Neuf should probably be listed. But there are still some small medieval streets in that area that haven't been renovated in a long time and don't look great.
    What does it mean to be a UNESCO World Heritage site in France? UNESCO World Heritage sites must meet several criteria on a list of 10 that we discuss briefly. Then candidates must submit an application that details why they think they qualify.
    In France it is cities and Departments that decide to make such applications with the help of their region. The national government doesn't get involved officially
    #joinusinfrance #UNESCO #unescoworldheritage #unescosite #unescoheritagesite #unescoworldheritagecity #unescowordheritage #unescoworldculturalheritage
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    • 59 min
    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

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