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Join Us in France Travel Podcast

Annie Sargent

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Join Us in France Travel Podcast
Join Us in France Travel Podcast

Join Us in France Travel Podcast

Annie Sargent

24
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143
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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.

Latest Episodes

A Scenic Drive along the Loire River

On today's episode Elyse tells the story of her scenic drive along the Loire River between Angers and Saumur. One of her stops was at the Fontevraud Abbey where Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lionheart are buried. I spent a few hours myself at Fontevraud and really enjoyed it, we explain what makes it so great in the episode. This is also a great itinerary for cycling! Although, in that case you’d probably have to stop somewhere for the night. But there is no lack of great villages to choose from! Or you could stay in a troglodyte house which they have in this area! I’m not so sure about those, but they would be worth a stop for sure! To be clear, our emphasis today is not on the Loire Valley Chateaux but on the Loire river and the beautiful towns and cities you will encounter as you explore the area. This drive would take a whole day because as we'll see there are a lot of places that are worth a stop, and you could do it in either direction going east or going west. Please note that there is no public transportation to do this, you'll need either a car or hop on a bicycle. #joinusinfrance #loireriver #loirevalley #fontevraud #abbey #eleanorofaquitaine #CandesSaintMartin #valdeloiretourisme Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/252 Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

57 MIN3 days ago
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A Scenic Drive along the Loire River

Join Us in France Travel Podcast Trailer

One of the best ways to learn about a country is to listen to visitors who just visited. What did they love? What would they avoid? Ready to learn about France and Paris? The short introduction to the Join Us in France Travel Podcast is for you! Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/join-us-in-france-travel-podcast-trailer Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

3 MIN5 days ago
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast Trailer

The Secrets of Planning a Trip to Paris

In this episode of the podcast Annie and her guest Kristina Long review the secrets of planning a trip to Paris. It was Kristina's first time in Europe and they visited Paris as a family of 5 ranging from teenager to grandmother, with different needs and interests. So, how do you plan your trip to France strategically without going crazy about every detail? How do you keep everybody happy? How do you know what matters and what doesn’t? How do you recover when a flight is cancelled? Click on the play button, Kristina has step-by-step instructions for you! #joinusinfrance #tripplanning #vacationplanning #plannedlife #organisedlife #parisfamilyholiday #itinerary #upcomingtrip Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/251 Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

44 MIN1 weeks ago
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The Secrets of Planning a Trip to Paris

Things You Should Consider When Visiting Paris

Don't sweat the small stuff in Paris because if you do you will be ignoring some things that WILL make a difference in how your trip goes! This short episode lists 3 things you can stop fussing over: cafés and restaurants in Paris, taxis, and Seine River Cruises! #joinusinfrance #worryfreetravel Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/250 Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

4 MIN1 weeks ago
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Things You Should Consider When Visiting Paris

Who Else Wants to Enjoy the Aiguille du Midi?

Are you thinking about visiting the Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps? A tram will take you to the top of the Mont Blanc, but there are a few gotchas you need to know about! For example, you can't book tickets too far in advance or the weather may be lousy. Also there are several steps to complete before you're able to board that tram! #joinusinfrance #aiguilledumidi Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/249 Email: annie@joinusinfrance Follow Join Us in France on social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

31 MIN2 weeks ago
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Who Else Wants to Enjoy the Aiguille du Midi?

Versailles: Yes or No?

This Join Us in France short episode tackles this perennial question: Versailles, Yes or No? It is worth going? How long will it take? What do you need to do before you visit? Get the answer under 5 minutes in this podcast episode #joinusinfrance #versailles Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/248 Submit your own question: annie@joinusinfrance.com Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

3 MIN3 weeks ago
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Versailles: Yes or No?

The Surprising Village of Conques

There are places in France that are hidden in plain sight. Why? Because they are not in Paris! And today we bring you to Conques, a wonderful village in the south west of France. It’s squarely off the beaten track and totally gorgeous. Conques (the full name is Conques-en-Rouergue) is a really small village (full-time population around 300 today) that was huge in the Middle Ages. It is in the Aveyron, a 45 minutes drive away from Rodez. It has a huge beautiful Abbey and Church that are a testament to its glorious past when this was a major stop for pilgrims who came to worship the relic of Sainte Foy (Saint Faith in English). Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/247 Email: annie@joinusinfrance.com VoiceMap Audio Tours | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

46 MINSEP 16
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The Surprising Village of Conques

Tips for a Visit to Rodez

Love Provence and the Dordogne? You should really consider visiting the Aveyron and its capital Rodez next. The city itself is interesting and there are several stunning scenic villages nearby that most visitors never see because they've never heard of it. So, let's talk about it on today's episode of the podcast! Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/246 Email contact: annie@joinusinfrance.com Follow the podcast on social media: Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

48 MINSEP 9
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Tips for a Visit to Rodez

Self-Guided Paris Audio Tours

In this episode Annie shares the exciting news that she is teaming up with VoiceMap to provide self-guided Paris audio tours. These tours are GPS-Aware which means you hear the right stories in the right place and you get voice directions to the next spot. I can't possibly accompany each of my listener on their visit to Paris, but you can take me in your pocket so I can show you around Paris! You’ll enjoy Paris at your leisure and I’ll make sure you take the time to stop and smell the croissants. In this episode I will also play a little bit of audio from the tour, tell you why audio tours are the best way to enjoy a city, how these audio tours work and how you can purchase them. Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/245 Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Patreon

24 MINAUG 19
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Self-Guided Paris Audio Tours

Best Place to Stay on the French Riviera

It's the age-old question that comes up all the time in the Join Us in France Community. What is the best place to stay on the French Riviera? Imagine you want to visit Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco (aka Monte-Carlo), and Menton. Let's say you would rather use public transportation because traffic and parking is a nightmare in those towns. Does it matter where you put down your suitcases and branch out of? Yes it does! Ali Rodriguez, my guest on today's episode, explains what his experience was going around those towns using the train system. Some towns are easier than others and we explain why! Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/244 #joinusinfrance #frenchriviera coteazur #southoffrance #frenchrivieralifestyle #frenchrivieraguide #frenchrivieraplaces #familyvacation Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

64 MINAUG 12
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Best Place to Stay on the French Riviera

Latest Episodes

A Scenic Drive along the Loire River

On today's episode Elyse tells the story of her scenic drive along the Loire River between Angers and Saumur. One of her stops was at the Fontevraud Abbey where Eleanor of Aquitaine and her son Richard the Lionheart are buried. I spent a few hours myself at Fontevraud and really enjoyed it, we explain what makes it so great in the episode. This is also a great itinerary for cycling! Although, in that case you’d probably have to stop somewhere for the night. But there is no lack of great villages to choose from! Or you could stay in a troglodyte house which they have in this area! I’m not so sure about those, but they would be worth a stop for sure! To be clear, our emphasis today is not on the Loire Valley Chateaux but on the Loire river and the beautiful towns and cities you will encounter as you explore the area. This drive would take a whole day because as we'll see there are a lot of places that are worth a stop, and you could do it in either direction going east or going west. Please note that there is no public transportation to do this, you'll need either a car or hop on a bicycle. #joinusinfrance #loireriver #loirevalley #fontevraud #abbey #eleanorofaquitaine #CandesSaintMartin #valdeloiretourisme Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/252 Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

57 MIN3 days ago
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A Scenic Drive along the Loire River

Join Us in France Travel Podcast Trailer

One of the best ways to learn about a country is to listen to visitors who just visited. What did they love? What would they avoid? Ready to learn about France and Paris? The short introduction to the Join Us in France Travel Podcast is for you! Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/join-us-in-france-travel-podcast-trailer Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

3 MIN5 days ago
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Join Us in France Travel Podcast Trailer

The Secrets of Planning a Trip to Paris

In this episode of the podcast Annie and her guest Kristina Long review the secrets of planning a trip to Paris. It was Kristina's first time in Europe and they visited Paris as a family of 5 ranging from teenager to grandmother, with different needs and interests. So, how do you plan your trip to France strategically without going crazy about every detail? How do you keep everybody happy? How do you know what matters and what doesn’t? How do you recover when a flight is cancelled? Click on the play button, Kristina has step-by-step instructions for you! #joinusinfrance #tripplanning #vacationplanning #plannedlife #organisedlife #parisfamilyholiday #itinerary #upcomingtrip Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/251 Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

44 MIN1 weeks ago
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The Secrets of Planning a Trip to Paris

Things You Should Consider When Visiting Paris

Don't sweat the small stuff in Paris because if you do you will be ignoring some things that WILL make a difference in how your trip goes! This short episode lists 3 things you can stop fussing over: cafés and restaurants in Paris, taxis, and Seine River Cruises! #joinusinfrance #worryfreetravel Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/250 Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

4 MIN1 weeks ago
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Things You Should Consider When Visiting Paris

Who Else Wants to Enjoy the Aiguille du Midi?

Are you thinking about visiting the Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps? A tram will take you to the top of the Mont Blanc, but there are a few gotchas you need to know about! For example, you can't book tickets too far in advance or the weather may be lousy. Also there are several steps to complete before you're able to board that tram! #joinusinfrance #aiguilledumidi Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/249 Email: annie@joinusinfrance Follow Join Us in France on social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter

31 MIN2 weeks ago
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Who Else Wants to Enjoy the Aiguille du Midi?

Versailles: Yes or No?

This Join Us in France short episode tackles this perennial question: Versailles, Yes or No? It is worth going? How long will it take? What do you need to do before you visit? Get the answer under 5 minutes in this podcast episode #joinusinfrance #versailles Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/248 Submit your own question: annie@joinusinfrance.com Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

3 MIN3 weeks ago
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Versailles: Yes or No?

The Surprising Village of Conques

There are places in France that are hidden in plain sight. Why? Because they are not in Paris! And today we bring you to Conques, a wonderful village in the south west of France. It’s squarely off the beaten track and totally gorgeous. Conques (the full name is Conques-en-Rouergue) is a really small village (full-time population around 300 today) that was huge in the Middle Ages. It is in the Aveyron, a 45 minutes drive away from Rodez. It has a huge beautiful Abbey and Church that are a testament to its glorious past when this was a major stop for pilgrims who came to worship the relic of Sainte Foy (Saint Faith in English). Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/247 Email: annie@joinusinfrance.com VoiceMap Audio Tours | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

46 MINSEP 16
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The Surprising Village of Conques

Tips for a Visit to Rodez

Love Provence and the Dordogne? You should really consider visiting the Aveyron and its capital Rodez next. The city itself is interesting and there are several stunning scenic villages nearby that most visitors never see because they've never heard of it. So, let's talk about it on today's episode of the podcast! Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/246 Email contact: annie@joinusinfrance.com Follow the podcast on social media: Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

48 MINSEP 9
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Tips for a Visit to Rodez

Self-Guided Paris Audio Tours

In this episode Annie shares the exciting news that she is teaming up with VoiceMap to provide self-guided Paris audio tours. These tours are GPS-Aware which means you hear the right stories in the right place and you get voice directions to the next spot. I can't possibly accompany each of my listener on their visit to Paris, but you can take me in your pocket so I can show you around Paris! You’ll enjoy Paris at your leisure and I’ll make sure you take the time to stop and smell the croissants. In this episode I will also play a little bit of audio from the tour, tell you why audio tours are the best way to enjoy a city, how these audio tours work and how you can purchase them. Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/245 Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter | Patreon

24 MINAUG 19
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Self-Guided Paris Audio Tours

Best Place to Stay on the French Riviera

It's the age-old question that comes up all the time in the Join Us in France Community. What is the best place to stay on the French Riviera? Imagine you want to visit Cannes, Antibes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco (aka Monte-Carlo), and Menton. Let's say you would rather use public transportation because traffic and parking is a nightmare in those towns. Does it matter where you put down your suitcases and branch out of? Yes it does! Ali Rodriguez, my guest on today's episode, explains what his experience was going around those towns using the train system. Some towns are easier than others and we explain why! Show notes for this episode are here: https://joinusinfrance.com/244 #joinusinfrance #frenchriviera coteazur #southoffrance #frenchrivieralifestyle #frenchrivieraguide #frenchrivieraplaces #familyvacation Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Twitter

64 MINAUG 12
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Best Place to Stay on the French Riviera