Entre deux mondes (Between Two Worlds)
22 min

For a long time, Paris was the only place Alexia Sena considered home. But when Alexia began to wonder how she would pass down her Cameroonian heritage to her mixed-race daughter born in France, she decided to move back to Cameroon with her family in search of the identity she thought she lost.

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Daily Meditation Podcast
Daily Meditation Podcast
Mary Meckley
Forgiveness Affirmation
"Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any people can have." ~ Nelson Mandela Inner peace can be your haven from the current uncertainty in the world these days. Your inner peace is powerful. The more you share your peace with others, the more grounded in peace you become. This week, you'll explore different meditation techniques to help you cultivate deep inner peace. This is part 2 of a 7-part Inner Peace meditation series, episodes 2173-2179. THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE: You're invited to take part in a Peace Quest. Every day this week, focus on cultivating peace within yourself and then share your peace with others. THIS WEEK'S MEDITATION TECHNIQUES: Day 1: Reverse Negative Thoughts Visualization Day 2: Affirmation "I seek to understand." Day 3: Inhale + allow peace to flow through you, Exhale + become a channel of peace for others Day 4: Aatmanjali Mudra technique Day 5: Fourth Chakra Focus Day 6: Layer the week's techniques together Day 7: Weekly Reflection Meditation LET'S SUPPORT EACH OTHER - WANT TO SHARE YOUR MEDITATION RITUAL WITH YOUR FELLOW MEDITATORS? Let's connect and inspire each other! Please share a little about how meditation has helped you by reaching out to me at Mary@SipandOm.com or direct message me on https://www.instagram.com/sip.and.om. We'd love to hear about your meditation ritual! SUBSCRIBE, LEAVE A REVIEW + TAKE OUR SURVEY SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss a single episode. Consistency is the KEY to a successful meditation ritual. SHARE the podcast with someone who could use a little extra support. I'd be honored if you left me a podcast review. If you do, please email me at Mary@sipandom.com and let me know a little about yourself and how meditation has helped you. I'd love to share your journey to inspire fellow meditators on the podcast! SURVEY: Help us get to know more about how best to serve you by taking our demographics survey: https://survey.libsyn.com/thedailymeditationpodcast FOR DAILY EXTRA SUPPORT OUTSIDE THE PODCAST Each day's meditation techniques shared at: * sip.and.om Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sip.and.om/ * sip and om Facebook * https://www.facebook.com/SipandOm/ JOIN OUR FREE FACEBOOK GROUP Connect with other meditators on the Daily Meditation Podcast private Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/thedailymeditationpodcast/ SIP AND OM MEDITATION APP Join Mary for deeper, longer daily 30-minute guided meditations on the Sip and Om meditation app. Give it a whirl for 2-weeks free! Receive access to 2,000+ 30-minute guided meditations customized around a weekly theme to help you manage emotions. Receive a Clarity Journal and a Slow Down Guide customized for each weekly theme. 2 weeks for access to the iOS version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sip-and-om/id1216664612?platform=iphone&preserveScrollPosition=true#platform/iphone 2 weeks free access to the Android version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sipandom.sipandom All meditations are created by Mary Meckley and are her original content. Please request permission to use any of Mary's content by sending an email to Mary@sipandom.com. Resources: Music by Christopher Lloyd Clarke and Greg Keller.
10 min
Join Us in France Travel Podcast
Join Us in France Travel Podcast
Annie Sargent
Aigues-Morte the Fortified City, Episode 313
This episode features our frequent and very popular guest Elyse Rivin. If you enjoy her episodes, please consider supporting her on Patreon. Aigues-Morte is a fortified city near Montpellier and Sète. It is part of the Petite Camargue. It is a marshland that is the delta of the Rhone river. This part of France used to be quite poor because there were no industries besides the salt trade. Aigues-Morte had its glory day in the 1100-1200 under Louis IX who was canonized and became Saint Louis. Aigues-Morte and Saint Louis Saint-Louis was extremely religious and that's why he brought back the Crown of Thorns to France and built the Sainte Chapelle in Paris. He went on several crusades, including the 7th crusade. He had departed to the crusade from various ports that belonged to the Italians. For the 7th crusade he decided to build a city that we talk about today. Building the Fortified City of Aigues-Morte Aigues-Morte is not on the Mediterranean sea directly, but it links to it through man-made canals. This allowed Saint-Louis to bypass Italian waters. There was a tower there built by Charlemagne in the 8th century. This was merely a tower to observe the arrival of possible assailants. The name "Aigues-Morte" means stagnant waters or more literally dead waters. It is the French Bayou without the aligators! It's only 20 miles from Montpellier and it's easy to get between the two cities. The original tower by Charlemagne is not there any more, they replaced it with the Tour Constance. It was a look-out tower and also a prison. The Constance Tower is 30 meters high and the walls are 6 meters thick. Louis IX decided to go on the 7th crusade in 1244. This particular crusade was not to "liberate" Jerusalem but rather to attack Egypt. They left for that crusade from Aigues-Morte when they could have used Marseille. Marseille was under the leadership of the Count of Provence, brother of Saint-Louis. But Louis IX didn't want to pay his brothers their due, which is why he developed Aigues-Morte. The city looks today very much like it did originally. There are ramparts and medieval buildings and streets. It is very quaint and pretty. There are little shops and it's pretty touristy. A Fortified City Aigues-Morte now has two towers. The second one came later, it's called Tour Carbonnière and this is where Louis IX's grand son, Philippe Le Bel, burned the Knights Templar. The city looks like what you'd imagine a fortified city should look like. They have towers, gates that lock, crenalations, etc. The vibe is very similar to what you find at Mont Saint Michel or Carcassonne. It normally attracts a lot of tourists because it is beautiful. Just walking around you get the feeling of what it was like. It is strange to have a city build out of nothing in France. Most places in France grew over time and you can tell that they've put old stone on top of old stone. But not there. This city was built out of nothing all at the same time. You'll find a lot of boutiques, shops with local specialties geared towards visitors. In the 1400s the build a port closer to the city so they could shorten the canal and access became easier. In the late 1700s the city almost disappeared because there was no economic activity in the area. Sel de Camargue The salt industry is huge in Camargue now. Fleur de Sel de Camargue is a great gift for you to take back after your next visit to France. It's inexpensive in France (between 3€ and 4€ at the grocery store) and it really makes a difference on steaks for example. You don't want to use it to salt the water for noodles (any old salt will do for that!) but it's great as a condiment on your table. It's super expensive online right now, possibly because of the pandemic, wait to get a few on your next visit. The Massacre of Italian Workers in 1893 Italian immigrant workers were the victim of racism and class warfare in 1893. This had to do with the salt business. There were two big salt businesses that started up again at the area but because there was an economic crisis many people were looking for work. The company went looking for cheap labor in northern Italy and this created tensions between the French and Italians. This led to riots and a massacre within the walls of the city. Aigues-Morte with Children This is a nice place to visit with kids who enjoy running around the fortified city. Walking around the city at night is lovely. You can take a boat that will take you to the Camargue to see the horses (it's called a "Manade") and you'll see beautiful birds. If the kids want to go to the beach take them to Sainte-Marie-de-la-Mer nearby, it has a lovely long sandy beach. Louis IX aka Saint Louis He is the only French king to be an actual Catholic saint. "Saint Louis" is not a nickname, he was made a saint. This is because of his deep belief, the fact that he brought back the Crown of Thorns, and he also died during a crusade. He was religious in the extreme and so was his mother. More episodes about the Montpellier area Email | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter Did you get my VoiceMap Paris tours yet? They are designed for people who want to see the best of Paris neighborhoods and put what they are looking at into historical context. There are so many great stories in Paris. Don't walk right past them without having a clue what happened there! You can buy them directly from the VoiceMap app or click here to order activation codes at the podcast listener discount price. Support the Show Tip Your Guide Extras Patreon Audio Tours Merchandise If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to related episode(s): * Camargue and Gard Trip Report, Episode 115 * Tips for Visiting Montpellier, France, Episode 105 * The Best of Sète, Episode 107 Categories: French History, Montpellier Area
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