9 episodes

Welcome to Paris Gone By, the podcast about Paris history for the curious traveler! Enthusiastic francophile? Traveling to Paris? Simply want to go deeper into the history of Paris? You are in the right place! We explore both the major monuments and the nooks and crannies of Paris and dive into the stories woven into the City of Light's rich history. Together, we'll escape to the Paris of the past, walk down forgotten streets, and experience Parisian history in a new way. As we go along, you'll also discover how to experience the past in person or virtually. Join us on our journey to the Paris of the past!

Paris Gone By Paris Gone By

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Welcome to Paris Gone By, the podcast about Paris history for the curious traveler! Enthusiastic francophile? Traveling to Paris? Simply want to go deeper into the history of Paris? You are in the right place! We explore both the major monuments and the nooks and crannies of Paris and dive into the stories woven into the City of Light's rich history. Together, we'll escape to the Paris of the past, walk down forgotten streets, and experience Parisian history in a new way. As we go along, you'll also discover how to experience the past in person or virtually. Join us on our journey to the Paris of the past!

    6 Facts About Napoleon's Tomb

    6 Facts About Napoleon's Tomb

    #9.  Napoleon.  Love him or hate him, he is a monumental figure.  Buried in a huge tomb.  In a hole in the ground.  How did this happen?  Why is one of the most important historical figures of the modern era buried not among his peers at the Pantheon or even in his own magnificent monument? Instead, he is in a sunken chamber inside a building built by Louis XIV!  Find out the story of Napoleon’s journey to Les Invalides in this episode of Paris Gone By!  
    Links For This Episode
    Visit Napoleon at Les Invalides 
    Ponder his victories at the Arc de Triomphe
    Learn more about the conspiracy theory surrounding the tomb  
    Want to know more?  Check out the full show notes on the PGB website 
    Like what you heard and would like to support the podcast further?  Please consider buying me a coffee, grabbing a book at the boutique, or explore other ways to support the cause. Thank you so much!    
    À bientôt!  
    Stay In Touch
    Website  |   Newsletter  | Instagram  |  Send Me A Note

    • 28 min
    Back To School At The Medieval University of Paris!

    Back To School At The Medieval University of Paris!

    #8.  If you were ready to leave your provincial village,  see the world and maybe party a bit, what options did you have? Then as now you went to college! Join us as we go back to school at the medieval University of Paris in this episode of Paris Gone By!

    Correction:  I mention the Bishops of Cluny, however their correct title was the Abbots of Cluny. 

    Links for the Episode:
    Musee de Cluny. Église Saint-Séverin. Church of Saint Julien le Pauvre. Collège de Bernardins. The nave is available for free. If you want a guided tour of the full building (for a fee), scroll to the bottom of their info page. They will resume Sept. 21 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. Reserve day-of only.Notre Dame De Paris. La Chappelle de la Sorbonne.  Available for pre-booked group tours (includes other parts of the Sorbonne as well) Want to know more?  Check out the full show notes—with a walking map of Medieval Student Paris!—on the PGB website.

    Like what you heard and would like to support the podcast further?  Please consider buying me a coffee, shopping at the boutique,  or exploring other ways to support the cause. Thank you so much!  

    À bientôt!  

    • 24 min
    Bond, James Bond in Paris

    Bond, James Bond in Paris

    #007.  What would Bond do in Paris? Take in the Louvre or take out the bad guy? Where does he like to eat? Or sleep? And where can we be like Bond in Paris today? Follow literary Bond on his Parisian assignments in this episode of Paris Gone By! 
    And yes, I'm rooting for Henry Cavill as the next Bond! 🤞🏻🤞🏻

    For links to all of the places mentioned in this episode, ways to armchair travel with Bond, and more, check out the show notes. 

    Want to go straight to grabbing the books for yourself?  You can find them in the PGB Boutique (includes affiliate links)!

    Like what you heard and would like to support the podcast further?  Please consider buying me a coffee and exploring other ways to support the cause. Thank you so much!    

    À bientôt!  

    • 20 min
    Visit the Eiffel Tower In 1889!

    Visit the Eiffel Tower In 1889!

    #6. Join us as we visit the Eiffel Tower when it opened in 1889!  Using a guide from the Exposition Universelle, we see the tower from a different view.  How did they describe this new colossus?  What did it cost to visit?  How could you get there?  And most importantly, were there toilets?  Hop in our time machine as we go back to the opening of the Eiffel Tower!

    Links for the Episode:
    The Guide in Full:  The Practical Guide to the Exposition Universelle  
    [Note: The guide is a product of its time.  Like many works from the 19th century, some content may uncomfortable or objectionable for some readers.]  
    To read just the Eiffel Tower Extract, head over the Full Show Notes Page on the website!
    The Official Eiffel Tower Website
    2025 Osaka World Expo  
    Bureau International des Expositions   

    Want to know more?  Check out the full show notes on Paris Gone By.com!

    Like what you heard and would like to support the podcast further?  Please consider buying me a coffee, grabbing a new book in the Boutique, or exploring other ways to support the cause. Thank you so much! 
    À bientôt!  

    • 26 min
    Did Eiffel Live On The Eiffel Tower?

    Did Eiffel Live On The Eiffel Tower?

    #5.  High atop the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel used to have an apartment with the most coveted view in the city.  But did he live in it?  What happened in that exclusive space?  And is it still there?  Find out more about Eiffel's apartment on the Eiffel Tower in this episode of Paris Gone By!  
    Links for the Show
    Eiffel Tower Official Site.  Buy tickets, get hours and transit info, and all your tower info!  
    Jill Jonnes Article.  The article mentioned in the episode about Edison's visit to the tower.  
    Want to see pictures of the apartment and more?  Check out the full show notes on the PGB website.    
    Like what you heard and would like to support the podcast further?  Please consider buying me a cup of coffee or exploring other ways to support the cause. Thank you so much!    
    À bientôt!  

    • 18 min
    Mary Tudor at the Cluny: Plucky Princess Takes On Three Kings

    Mary Tudor at the Cluny: Plucky Princess Takes On Three Kings

    #4.  Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's sister, defied convention and married the man she wanted!  But first she had to marry the King of France.  How does she pull this off?!  Discover what Tudor secrets the very French Hôtel de Cluny (Musée National du Moyen Âge) holds in this episode of Paris Gone By! 
    To visit the Cluny, check out these sites:
    Cluny Museum Website (The French version of the site has more detailed info on the collections).  
    Paris Museum Pass  
    Want to know more?  Check out the full show notes on the PGB website!


    Like what you heard and would like to support the podcast further?  Please consider buying me a coffee or exploring other ways to support the cause. Thank you so much!    
    À bientôt!  
    Safety Warning:  Don't try a drinking a game using "Mary" or "marry" with this episode.  It would be extremely detrimental to your health! 😉 

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

pell53 ,

Love this podcast

I love Paris but don’t know much of the history. This podcast is super interesting. The host has a great voice and intonation and I appreciate the topics she has chosen so far. Keep up the good work!

You Might Also Like

Cerca
Oliver Gee
Annie Sargent
Tom Meyers, Greg Young
The New York Times
NPR