9 episodes

Welcome to Improbable Walks, the travel podcast that brings you to the streets of Paris, wherever you are. Every episode, we discover a new street in the City of Light, strolling into the hidden history and stories of Paris, block by block. Your host is Canadian writer and long-time parisienne, Lisa Pasold.

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Welcome to Improbable Walks, the travel podcast that brings you to the streets of Paris, wherever you are. Every episode, we discover a new street in the City of Light, strolling into the hidden history and stories of Paris, block by block. Your host is Canadian writer and long-time parisienne, Lisa Pasold.

    Books & Ice Cream, rue SAINT-BENOIT

    Books & Ice Cream, rue SAINT-BENOIT

    Welcome to the very short Left Bank street of Saint-Benoît, which runs from Blvd Saint-Germain to rue Jacob. This episode is mostly dedicated to writers--including Apollinaire, Taras Shevchenko, Marguerite Duras and Ted Joans, plus two literary cafés, two beloved bookshops... and one of my favourite ice cream desserts.
    Remember to visit my website for extra links & images. As always, Improbable Walks theme music is performed by David Symons, New Orleans accordionist extraordinaire. 

    • 18 min
    Street art & Dalida on the rue d'Orchampt

    Street art & Dalida on the rue d'Orchampt

    In this episode, we walk down one of my favourite shortcuts through Montmartre, which goes past the former house of tragic Italian-Egyptian pop diva, Dalida.  I talk about the atmosphere at the famous Bateau Lavoir, around the corner--where Picasso painted Gertrude Stein's portrait, Marie Laurencin painted Apollinaire's, and Cubism was launched on the world. What's more, the first crook of this elbow-shaped little route is always covered in colourful street art. Remember to visit my website for extra links & images.
    As always, Improbable Walks theme music is performed by David Symons, New Orleans accordionist extraordinaire. 

    • 12 min
    Tiny theatrical rue MOLIERE

    Tiny theatrical rue MOLIERE

    I'm posting this walk on Molière's birthday, January 15th (well, the day he was baptized--he may have been born a few days earlier.) We’ll step into the era of the Sun King to talk about the famous French playwright. Molière lived a rather short, exceedingly busy theatrical life (1622 - 1673.) We'll also talk about a dressmaker who worked in this same small street: Madame du Creux designed “robes de chambre” for aristocrats—which means some very elegant 17th-century Haute Couture was sewn here.

    “Life is a tragedy to those who feel, and a comedy to those who think.” - Molière

    As always, Improbable Walks theme music is performed by David Symons, New Orleans accordionist extraordinaire. 

    • 12 min
    Shopping on rue Mouffetard

    Shopping on rue Mouffetard

    In this special new year's episode, I chat with my friend Heather Stimmler, founder of Secrets of Paris. Heather's favourite market street is the rue Mouffetard, a street which goes back to Roman times. This is the neighbourhood described in the first pages of Ernest Hemingway's classic A Moveable Feast--this is where he bought clementines and chestnuts to eat while he wrote. Heather and I talk about bread, beer, and butchers, walking from the Place Conte-Escarpe down the street to SAINT-MEDARD church. As always, the accordion music is played by the wonderful David Symons.

    • 17 min
    Rue de l'ODEON

    Rue de l'ODEON

    In this episode, we'll stroll down one of the most literary streets on the Left Bank--where Sylvia Beach once ran Shakespeare & Co, opposite Adrienne Monnier's La Maison des Amis des Livres. We'll talk about Hemingway, Janet Flanner, James Joyce, and other friends of the bookshops. 

    • 13 min
    Marie Curie on Ile Saint-Louis

    Marie Curie on Ile Saint-Louis

    In this episode, we walk along two beautiful quays on Ile Saint-Louis, and visit the address of not one but two Nobel Prize winners! I get to talk about one of my heroines, Marie Curie, and I hypothesize about ghostly conversations in the Pantheon...
    As always, Improbable Walks theme music is performed by David Symons, New Orleans accordionist extraordinaire. 

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

mohawkmohawk ,

Paris Gold Standard

Pasold talks Paris like no one else. Her pacing of the stories and her crystal clear, accurate, enunciation of French words, names, streets, etc. with her ever so melodic voice is unparalleled, albiet with a slight Canadian influence. She digs deeply and reliably into the history of Paris and its prior inhabitants and progress. For anyone with a developed familiarity with the history of Paris, Pasold's podcast, like her "Next Stop Paris" video series, is the next best thing to being in Paris itself.

Adillon ,

More please!

I’m wishing I could visit Paris again and who knows how long it will be before I will be able to do that again. I’d love to be able to take a walk through the city through your podcast.

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