My visit to Paris & three podcasts I recommend
From Saturday till Tuesday I went to Paris with my boyfriend. It was a short visit, but we had a great time! I wanted to mention this visit in my monthly wrap-up, but I decided it deserves its own post.
One of my favourite things about the trip was visiting Shakespeare and Company. You may have heard of this bookshop, because it’s quite famous. It can be found in a beautiful old building close to the Notre Dame. The shop isn’t that big, but packed with all kinds of books. To my surprise the bookshop also has its own cat! As souvenir I bought a book: The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles.
Of course we also went to a couple of other famous buildings. I saw the Notre Dame in renovation. We climbed up the stairs to the Sacré-Cœur. From the hill you have a beautiful view over Paris. Obviously we saw the Eiffel Tower. We stayed until it was dark, so we could see it get illuminated. And during a bus tour something peculiar caught my attention. All over Paris I saw small mosaic tiles with pixel art. If you’re intrigued, visit this website for more pictures.
Podcast recommendations about Paris and France
Before my visit, I wanted to know more about Paris. So in preparation I listened to some podcasts about Paris specifically and France in general. My French isn’t very good, so all of these podcasts are in English.
The Earful Tower
I think this podcasts is mainly interesting if you want to visit Paris or are a Francophile. Even when you don’t fall in one of these categories, there may still be some episodes for you. If you’re a bookworm like me, you will definitively love the episode Behind the Curtains of Shakespeare and Company about the bookshop I visited.
The Land of Desire
This podcast is about the history of France. The host is an amazing story-teller. I haven’t listened to a lot of episodes yet, but I really enjoyed the three episodes about the Notre Dame. In the first one we hear about the period the Notre Dame was built. In the other two episodes our host skips around history and highlights some interesting points in the history of Paris.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
This is one of my favourite history podcasts, so I had to mention it. There are hundreds of episodes covering all kinds of fascinating things you didn’t even know you wanted to learn about. Some episodes about France are:
- How the French Revoluties Worked, if you want to refresh your knowledge about this time period
- Olympe de Gouges, a female rights activist during the French revolution
- Christine de Pizan and the Book of the City of Ladies about a late-Medieval French writer who also was the official biographer of King Charles V