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.
The Inauguration of the Paris Metro
A lot was happening in Paris in 1900. But the two items I would like to focus on today were the Exposition Universelle of 1900 and the Inauguration of the Paris Metro. Paris had a lot to live-up to with the 1900 universal expo. After all the 1889 expo gave rise to the Eiffel Tower and how do you top that?
In 1900 they had a pavilion on electricity and lots of gorgeous country pavilions that boasted the best of their respective countries, but what was exciting and new in Paris? The Paris Metro, of course! While not as glamorous and visible as the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Metro transformed the city and continues to be a central part of Parisian life.
Book Recommendation: This week Annie read The Matchmaker of the Perigord by Julia Stuart. While not an earth-shattering read, it's pleasant and does not break any rules of life in France.
They started thinking about adding a large transportation system in Paris in 1871 and there were several competing ideas. They wanted to have something operational by 1889 for the Paris Word Fair. But they didn’t manage it and the first metro started service on July 19, 1900.
Ding-a-Dong by Teach In, Eurovision winner and a superbly happy song. Check out how much fun the guy with the xylophone is having!
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The Inauguration of the Paris Metro They did not inaugurate the Paris Metro to great fanfare because it was a controversial project and politicians felt it was safer to keep everything low-key. Before they got to this inauguration, they went through a lot of proposals and opposing ideas being battled out in the newspapers. But the real issue was choosing the right metro technology for Paris. There is a lot to think about and those decision will impact life in the city for decades to come! There were lots of proposals, I'll just go into two that caught my attention.
The photo below is the Angely proposal for a suspended rail system
The Charming Village of Bruniquel
On today's episode of the podcast Annie Sargent and Elyse Rivin have a conversation about Bruniquel. Bruniquel is one of those little towns in the south west of France that are beautiful and tell a great story.
And look at all the other wonderful places you can visit nearby! Gaillac, Albi and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie are nearby (link to episodes dedicated to those places below). We'll also publish episodes in the next few weeks about Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and Castelnau de Montmiral. Annie particularly enjoyed the chateau of Penne. Puycelsi is good too. It is possible to see two or 3 of these villages in a day. Lots to see and enjoy in the southwest of France!
There are a few places you can stay in or near Bruniquel, take a look at your options here. If you're interested in wine, take a look at the Vin du Quercy.
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Categories: Off the Beaten Track in France, Toulouse Area
A Conversation About Bread in France
Today Annie brings you a conversation with Susan Walter about bread in France, and why bread is such an important piece of French culture and life. We talk a little bit about this history of bread and we agree on many things, including: What’s up with the obsession with finding the “BEST” baguette in France? Grab some toast, let’s talk bread!
Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/324
And, something I didn't mention in the episode and I should have. If you don’t live close to a great bakery, you can buy several loaves, slice them the way you like them, put them in a bag and freeze them. When you need some, take it out of the freezer and pop the slices into the toaster. Baguette freezes really well and will taste fabulous that way.
Book Recommendation: Max Gallo, the Sun of Austerlitz, a good book about Napoleon.
Podcast Recommendation: Un bonbon sur la langue with Muriel Gilbert
My guest on today's episode has a blog called Days on the Claise, a good source of information about a part of France that's rarely discussed.
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Bread in France: it's a staple A brief history of bread in France French baguettes aren't as old as you think! Large Boulangeries in France Bread vending machines in France The types of wheat grown in France Bread preferences in France Breads you won't find in France Where is the best bread in Paris?
Categories: France How To, French Culture, French Customs & Lifestyle, French Food & Wine
La Rochelle, France
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La Rochelle in the Charente is a gorgeous French city on the French Atlantic coast. It is surrounded by beautiful coast, white limestone and stunning vistas. La Rochelle is a favorite vacation spot for French people, but doesn't seem to be on a radar of a lot of American visitors. That's a mistake because it is usually sunny and has a mild oceanic climate.
Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/323
You could spend a whole week in La Rochelle and keep busy by exploring nearby islands such as Île de Ré and Île d'Oléron. Those are the easy ones because they both have a causeway to drive to them. You can even take a bus from La Rochelle to visit those places for the day. Some islands are more remote and can only be accessed by boat. You could also explore the Marais Poitevin and beautiful cities like Saintes, Rochefort and Cognac in this region.
In this episode we talk about the siege of La Rochelle, how it brought the city to its knees. We also discuss how La Rochelle gained back its prominence by being an active participant in the slave trade. This shameful part of history has been acknowledge in the city as you will hear when we discuss the new world museum.
We recommend you download the official brochures of La Rochelle published by the tourist office, they provide an excellent walking tour of the city.
Discussed in this Episode Ile de Ré Rochefort (the Hermione and Marquis de Lafayette) Ile d’Oléron Cognac Saintes Tour Saint Nicolas Tour de la Lanterne Tour de la Chaine German u-boats Musée du Nouveau Monde Les Francofolies Aquarium of La Rochelle La Grosse Horloge Oysters La Mouclade Pinot de La Rochelle (fortified wine) Chabichou goat cheese La galette Charentaise Fort Boyard FOLLOW US ON: Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
Growing Old in France
Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Carolyn Gates and Julia Maurice about growing old in France. Even if you have no intention of ever moving to France, as a Francophile you might be interested in what happens as people grow old in France.
Having said that, a lot of my listeners would love to move to France someday. It may or may not happen, but they are keenly interested in the question. If you move to France and all goes well, you’ll be growing old in France. What options will you have then? We’ll explore the 3 things that can happen as a person grows old in France.
Full show notes for this episode: https://joinusinfrance.com/322
Discussed in this Episode Growing old in your own home Age-proof your Home Watch those steps! Increase door width Choose your terroir carefully Get a Carte Vitale and get to know the French system The Carte Vitale is your ticket into the French health insurance system Medical services are cheap in France compared to America How the French system helps people kive in their own homes Medical taxis Home visits are part of the plan What's an infirmière indépendante? Annie's experience with her ageing father There are lots of home services for the elderly in France! Moving into a residence with services for older adults The cost of senior residences EHPAD or Établissement d'Ébergement pour Personnes Âgées Carolyne's experience with an EHPAD Conversation with Julia about growing old in France French tip of the week "faut pas pousser" Annie's Boutique | Annie's Patreon | Newsletter
5 Things You Must Do in the Marais Poitevin
This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon. Le Marais Poitevin is also known as La Venise Verte and it's a lovely piece of France between Niort and La Rochelle not far from the Atlantic ocean.
Full show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/321
Officially some of it is in the Loire region and some of it in the Aquitaine region. The name means “the marsh of the Poitou” but everyone just calls it Marais Poitevin or Green Venice because of the boat rides. It’s a place most French people have heard of and lots of us visit every year, but it's not as popular with foreign visitors. I don’t know why that is because it’s a wonderful place where you can enjoy nature, bike rides, bucolic walks and fun boat rides. It’s gorgeous and restful. Both Elyse and I have been there and if you click play you’ll soon understand why we love it so much!
Annie's book recommendation: The French Revolution by Emma Moreau
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Discussed in this Episode Marais Poitevin Venise Verte Réserve Naturelle Nationale Michel Brosselin Marans Sansais Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux Maillezais Maillé Damvix Saint-Sigismond Le Mazeau French Tip of the Week: Appeler un chat un chat
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