I have just added ‘audio guides to France’ to the site, and have been too busy listening to them to write the blog – they are kind of addictive!
Usually I am a mercenary kind of person, only adding things if someone offers to cross my palm with Dairy Milk chocolate first, but this time I was so impressed that I have gone mad and added them because they are just so darned useful. Just don’t tell Mrs B. that it’s because of this kind of gesture that she can’t have her ipod shuffle this year.
The way the audio guides work, you can listen to a guided tour for your chosen destination – either here and now on the PC while you are planning your visit to France, or downloaded to bring with you and listen to on a MP3 player during your stay. So as you stomp around the streets of Bordeaux, cycle through the Loire Valley etc, you can learn about what you are seeing. How cool is that.
Best of all, they are completely free to listen to or download. Hence why I have been listening to them this morning. ‘FREE IS GOOD’ as I keep telling the rest of the family, who mostly ignore me and go shopping.
The tours are related in a friendly chatty kind of way, so you won’t even realise you are getting educated, and cover about 50 of the highlights of France. And if (like me) you avoid anything that involves the word ‘download’ – on the basis that you are usually downloading all kinds of suspicious viruses and spyware onto your PC at the same time – just click the little green arrows to listen without downloading anything.
And later in the year when you are on holiday in France, showing off to your children with your encyclopedic knowledge of the place you are visiting, remember you heard it here first.