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The Earful Tower is a weekly podcast all about Paris, hosted by Australian expat Oliver Gee. With a huge variety of guests - from cooks and comedians to TV hosts and tour guides - this show will transport you to the City of Lights and make you feel like you've met the characters that make it shine.

The Earful Tower: Paris Oliver Gee

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The Earful Tower is a weekly podcast all about Paris, hosted by Australian expat Oliver Gee. With a huge variety of guests - from cooks and comedians to TV hosts and tour guides - this show will transport you to the City of Lights and make you feel like you've met the characters that make it shine.

    Ten expert tips for planning your Paris trip

    Ten expert tips for planning your Paris trip

    So you're coming to Paris and you want to maximise your time and spend your money wisely. But how to do it?
    Here are some suggestions from your hosts Oliver and Lina, based on our deep explorations of the city as part of our Paris Countdown series (from which we're currently on a two-week intermission).

    So here they are: Ten expert tips for planning your Paris trip. 
    A thank you to Pres Maxson for the original soundtrack to the episode.

    For the tips written out with lovely pics, click here: https://theearfultower.com/2022/05/23/ten-expert-tips-for-planning-your-paris-trip/
    To become a Patreon member and get all the extra good stuff, click here: https://www.patreon.com/theearfultower

    • 36 min
    The 10th arrondissement of Paris: The melting pot

    The 10th arrondissement of Paris: The melting pot

    The 10th arrondissement feels like the centre of everything. People spill into the streets from the Gare du Nord station, one of the busiest rail terminals in the world, and mingle into a melting pot of old Paris, new Paris, and cultural offerings from around the world.

    The district also features an intriguing museum of handheld fans, a delightful art nouveau restaurant, and the authentic Paris picnic spot: the Canal Saint-Martin. 
    The Earful Tower podcast episode This podcast episode on the 10th district of Paris includes an interview with Nico Alary who runs the ever-popular Holybelly restaurants, and Alex Toledano, the art consultant who literally wrote the book on the 10th… and our final ranking on the district out of 100. 
    Video guide to the 10th arrondissement We’ll share our visit, in video format, on our YouTube channel in the coming days. We’ll be making one of these travel vlogs every week, so be sure to subscribe (you can do it in one click via this link). 
    The Earful Tower’s guide to the 11th arrondissement Restaurants:
    Bouillon Julien @bouillinjulienparis 
    Address: 16 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
    Holybelly @holybellycafe 
    Address: 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
    Bakeries:
    Du Pain et des Idées @dupainetdesidees
    Address: 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 
    Sain Boulangerie @sain_boulangerie 
    Address: 15 Rue Marie et Louise, 75010
    DonAntónia Pastelaria @donantonia_pastelaria
    Address: 8 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
    Drinks/Bars:
    Le Syndicat @lesyndicat 
    Address: 51 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
    Chez Jeanette @chezjeannette 
    Address: 47 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
    Divine @bar_divine 
    Address: 61 Rue d'Hauteville, 75010
    Coffee:
    Ten Belles - Paris 10 @tenbelles
    Address: 10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
    More things to find in the 10th:
    Explore the canal area, have a picnic.
    Canal Saint Martin
    Musée de l'Éventail (Fan Museum) @museedeleventail 
    Address: 2 Bd de Strasbourg, 75010
    Porte Saint-Denis
    Address: Boulevard St Denis, 75010
    Porte Saint Martin
    Address: 18 Bd Saint-Martin, 75010
    Music: A Pres Maxson version of "Canal Saint Martin" by Maria Remusat.

    • 36 min
    The 11th arrondissement of Paris: The cool part of town

    The 11th arrondissement of Paris: The cool part of town

    The 11th arrondissement is undoubtedly the cool part of town. Some call it the trendiest Paris district. It’s where you might find an eco-friendly garden hotel, a 1920s themed speakeasy bar, and a restaurant that’s so cool you can’t even find its name on the facade. We found all those places, plus took a more traditional exploration through the old alleyways that were once thriving artisanal passages. Here’s everything we discovered during our 24 hours in the 11th arrondissement.
    This podcast episode on the 11th district of Paris includes an interview with Guy Griffin from Cafe Mericourt and our final ranking on the district out of 100. 
    Video guide to the 11th arrondissement We’ll share our visit, in video format, on our YouTube channel in the coming days. We’ll be making one of these travel vlogs every week, so be sure to subscribe (you can do it in one click via this link). 
    The Earful Tower’s guide to the 11th arrondissement Where to stay? Eden Lodge: This hotel offers eco-friendly and sustainable living at the back of a miraculously quiet and green garden. If you need some zen-like escape from the bustle of Paris, this is the place for you. Our room had a large balcony and a very comfortable bed, the breakfast was lovely, and the common rooms were tastefully designed. Cat lovers: There are at least two wondering around this hotel and they’re very friendly. @edenlodgeparis  Address: 175 Rue de Charonne, 75011
    The best cafe Cafe Mericourt: There are loads of cafes in this neighbourhood but none match Cafe Mericourt, run by Guy Griffin. This place is an Earful Tower favourite, we have been coming here since before it opened. In fact, one of the first ever live videos was Guy showing us the facade of this cafe the same day he got the keys to it five years ago. Killer coffee and brunch options in a beautiful setting. @cafemericourt Address: 22 Rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011
    The best restaurants Chambre Noir: This is the place that didn’t have a name on the facade. We didn’t even know if we’d come to the right place, but hipster whispers by the Canal Saint-Martin had insisted this was the place for dinner. A large wine menu and tapas for dinner, try the cheesy asparagus for a good time. @chambrenoireparis Address: 137, Rue Saint-Maur, 75011
    Best place for a drink Mobster Bar: We love a good gimmick and this one was fun. Pick up the phone out the front of this 1920s themed bar and a voice will ask you a prohibition-themed trivia question. You’ll have to type the correct combination into the keypad to get in, where you’ll be met with smartly dressed bartenders serving cocktails to customers in darkened rooms. @mobster_bar Address: 8 Rue de Crussol, 75011
    More things to find in the 11th arrondissement Ateliers des Lumières: Opened in 2018, this is one of the newest museums in Paris and it’s well worth a visit. You can see classical works of art from the likes of Dali, Van Gogh and Cezanne projected on the expansive industrial museum walls . You’ve not experienced a museum like this before! @ateliersdeslumieres Address: 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011
    Marché Bastille Every arrondissement in Paris has its own market – and often more than one at that. But, the Bastille market has something special about it, whether you’re interested in purchasing some produce, or just want to soak up the atmosphere, it’s the ideal market. Our advice: start at the end furthest from the Bastille, the quality is better this side. Open Thursdays and Sundays 8:30AM – 1:30PM. Address: 2018 Bd Richard-Lenoir, 75011
    Explore the hidden passageways of the 11th arrondissement The 11th is full of old alleyways which were once teeming with artisans. Furniture makers, frame fixers, handymen and more. Nowadays, the passages are still there, but it’s often residents or office workers inside the buildings. If you know where to look, you’ll find stunning oases of calm and sometimes an artisan from

    • 39 min
    The 12th arrondissement of Paris: A district on the move

    The 12th arrondissement of Paris: A district on the move

    It's the Paris Countdown! Here comes an-depth guide to the 12th arrondissement of Paris after we spent 24 hours there.
    The blog post is here with all the pictures. 
    A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here.
    Music: A Pres Maxson interpretation of Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux (A Blue Like the Blue of Your Eyes) by Charles Aznavour
    Below are all the places we mentioned.
    Where to stay? Mk2 Hotel Paradiso @mk2hotelparadiso 
    Address: 135 Bd Diderot, 75012
    The best restaurants Le Train Bleu @restaurantletrainbleu 
    Address: Pl. Louis-Armand, 75012
    Ground control Address: 81 Rue du Charolais, 75012
    Best place for a drink Le Baron Rouge
    Address: 1 Rue Théophile Roussel, 75012
    Le Calbar @lecalbar 
    Address: 82 Rue de Charenton, 75012
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    The Best Cafe Cafe CC @cafecc_paris 
    Address: 6 Rue Théophile Roussel, 75012 Paris
    Curiosity: The fairground museum
    Musée des Arts Forains @museedesartsforains 
    Address: 53 Av. des Terroirs de France, 75012
    More things to find Marché d’Aligre
    Promenade Plantée
    Bois de Vincennes
    Jardin du Bassin de l’Arsenal - Charming beginning of the canal, lovely spot for a picnic, a stroll, or entertain the kids in the play areas. 
    Opera Bastille
    That's it for this week, back with the 11th arrondissement on Monday.

    • 36 min
    The 13th arrondissement of Paris: Hidden gems

    The 13th arrondissement of Paris: Hidden gems

    It's the Paris Countdown! Here comes an-depth guide to the 13th arrondissement of Paris after we spent 24 hours there.
    The blog post is here with all the pictures. 
    A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here.
    Music: A Pres Maxson interpretation of La mer, by Charles Trenet.
    Below are all the places we mentioned.
    Where to stay? / An unusual hotel OFF Paris Seine
    Address: 86 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 @offparisseine
    The best restaurants Eat in Chinatown: 
    Impérial Choisy @imperialchoisy
    Address: 32 Av. de Choisy, 75013
    Best place for a drink Evening drink on a boat
    Bateau El Alamein @bateauelalamein 
    Address: 10 Port de la Gare, 75013
    Terrace drink:
    Les Tanneurs de la Butte @lestanneursdelabutte
    Address: 22 Rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 75013
    The best cafe Bob’s Cafe in MK2 Bibliothèque
    Address: MK2 Bibliothèque, 128-162 Av. de France, 75013
    More things to find Stroll through the Butte-aux-Cailles
    Visit the antique map shop
    Librairie Loeb Larocque - maps & books @librarie.loeb.larocque 
    Address: 31 Rue de Tolbiac, 75013
    Track down traces of the Bievre river
    Find the magnificent globes
    François-Mitterrand Library - The Globes of Coronelli or Globes of Marly are a pair of globes (terrestrial and celestial) of large size (about 4 meters in diameter) made by Vincenzo Coronelli and offered to Louis XIV at the end of the 17th century.
    Address: Quai François Mauriac, 75706

    • 37 min
    The 14th arrondissement of Paris: The surprise package

    The 14th arrondissement of Paris: The surprise package

    It's the Paris Countdown! Here comes an-depth guide to the 14th arrondissement of Paris after we spent 24 hours there. The blog post is here with all the pictures. 
    A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here.
    Music: A Pres Maxson interpretation of Le poinçonneur des Lilas, by Serge Gainsbourg.
    Below are all the places we mentioned.
    Where to stay? Hotel Cabane @hotelcabane Address: 76 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014
    Great eateries:
    La Belle Ronde Address: 19 Rue Daguerre, 75014 Paris
    Le Dôme @ledomemontparnasse Address: 108 Bd du Montparnasse, 75014
    Land & Monkeys Address: 85 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014
    Best places for a drink
    Le Tournesol @cafetournesol Address: 9 Rue de la Gaité, 75014
    Rosebud. Address: 11 Rue Delambre, 75014
    La Coupole @la_coupole_paris Address: 102 Bd du Montparnasse, 75014 The best cafe
    Hexagone Café @hexagonecafe Address: 121 Rue du Château, 75014
    Things to find
    Église Notre-Dame-du-Travail Address: 59 Rue Vercingétorix, 75014
    Comédie-Italienne Address: 17 Rue de la Gaité, 75014
    Montparnasse Cemetery Address: 3 Bd Edgar Quinet, 75014
    Musée de la Libération de Paris Address: 4 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014
    The Catacombs of Paris Address: 1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014
    Rue des Thermopyles
    Aussi curiosity shop Address: 119 Rue du Château, 75014
    Vanves Flea market Address: 5 Av. de la Porte de Vanves, 75014
    Stroll: Rue de la Gaîté 

    • 43 min

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