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A Week In France

Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure

Release Date: 06/11/2022

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Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure

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Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure

Hello! This episode is all about my recent trip to France. I've not long returned from around 10 days going around Annecy, Lyon, and Paris with my friend Laura, and I thought it made sense to do a pod about it. Partly this is because it was my first trip abroad since both Covid and full Brexit had kicked in. And partly because it was an easy episode to do that didn't require any real effort or sourcing contributions, because obviously I didn't record a pod in advance. Topics discussed include: * Hair Dye - I have purple hair again * The background to why I went, and how it's weird two of my...

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Travel Tales From Beyond The Brochure

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Hello!

This episode is all about my recent trip to France. I've not long returned from around 10 days going around Annecy, Lyon, and Paris with my friend Laura, and I thought it made sense to do a pod about it. Partly this is because it was my first trip abroad since both Covid and full Brexit had kicked in. And partly because it was an easy episode to do that didn't require any real effort or sourcing contributions, because obviously I didn't record a pod in advance.

Topics discussed include:
* Hair Dye - I have purple hair again
* The background to why I went, and how it's weird two of my good friends have the same birthday
* Getting proof of Covid vaccinations, and how we didn't need them in the end
* Baguettes for breakfast
* Kebabs for dinner
* Local food from Lyon and Senegal
* I don't like sharing beds
* The joys of cheap hotels on the edge of nowhere
* Flying in the age of delays, cancellations, and being a third-country national
* Bus stations are ugly and unhelpful
* The Paris Metro has unhelpfully-named stations
* Finding flowers but not water-lilies in Giverny
* Getting sunburn in Annecy
* French old towns are quite pretty
* Loud music in Roman ruins
* Cities with rivers running through them
* Disused railway lines and gold-covered buildings
* A million dead people, but in a good way

There are no contributions in this pod, but my friend Laura gets a lot of mentions.

A PDF transcript of this episode is available.

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