Marie-Christine Poisson used to be my school teacher when I was around 3 year old but in this episode she will share her passion for the history of my hometown, Montmirail. If you ever travel in the area (Montmirail is only an hour away from Paris, on the road of the Champagne), Marie-Christine can give you a free tour of the town because she volunteers as a greeter. You’ll be in good company with this very energetic and extremely passionate (and chatty) woman! Recording this double episode was pretty special for me and I got to learn about 3 historical characters who played an important role in the development of Montmirail. If you love a jump in the past and lots of random interesting facts, you’ll enjoy this conversation!
Meet Marie-Christine Poisson and her passion
Visiting Montmirail with Marie-Christine
Jean le Bienheureux
Origin of the name Montmirail
Jean’s diplomacy skills
A Pope in Montmirail!
“Les Visiteurs”: a famous French comedy
More about the show
château-fort (nm) = fortified castle
croyant,e (n) = believer, adherent
faire la navette = to commute; to shuttle back and forth
maître,maîtresse (n) = school teacher
maternelle (nf) = preschool, kindergarten
moine (nm) = monk
monter un spectacle = to set up a show
mur d’enceinte (nm) = outer wall, surrounding wall
Pape (nm) = Pope
patrimoine = heritage
Links & Resources
- Greeters en Champagne – Marie-Christine Poisson: http://www.greeters-en-champagne.com/fr/828/40/5/N5913CHA05100094/sit/detail/decouvrir-un-greeter
- Being a Primary School Teacher in Rural France: frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode11
- Episode 55 of French voices: Real Life Stories around the Beginning of Railway in Epernay: frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode55
- Episode 42: The History and Life of 900 years old Abbey Notre-Dame du Reclus: frenchvoicespodcast.com/episode42
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