326 episodes

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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 491 Ratings

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.

    How we made the soundtrack of Paris

    How we made the soundtrack of Paris

    We’ve just made 20 podcast episodes and 20 short videos around Paris, one for every arrondissement. And Pres Maxson made all of the music. He chats with host Oliver Gee about the soundtrack that went with it all, and how he made it (and chose it!)
     
    This chat was recorded in front of a live online audience and was followed by an interactive Q&A with Patreon members from around the world (you can watch the replay on Patreon here).

    Find more from Pres on his Instagram here, and his books are on Amazon here.
     
    To watch these chats and take part live, sign up on Patreon now: www.patreon.com/theearfultower
     
    To watch the YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/theearfultower

    • 27 min
    Top tips for how to photograph Paris

    Top tips for how to photograph Paris

    We’ve just done 20 photo shoots around Paris, one in every arrondissement. Photographer Augusta Sagnelli chats with host Oliver Gee about how the process of taking the photos.
     
    They also chat about how the city changes with every neighborhood, how to photograph Paris, and the challenges of capturing the spirit of each district.
     
    This chat was recorded in front of a live online audience and was followed by an interactive Q&A with Patreon members from around the world. 
     
    We will host similar conversations with other team members in the coming weeks, including our musician, and co-host Lina one more time. 
     
    To watch these chats and take part live, sign up on Patreon now: www.patreon.com/theearfultower
     
    More from Augusta: Official Website - Substack - Instagram.
     

    • 28 min
    How to capture Paris on film

    How to capture Paris on film

    We’ve just filmed 20 short videos around Paris, one in every arrondissement. Videographer Eddie Gee chats with host Oliver Gee about how the process of making the movies.
     
    They also chat about how the city changes with every neighborhood, how to film and edit videos about Paris, and the challenges of collaborating on this project from two different corners of the world. 
     
    This chat was recorded in front of a live online audience and was followed by an interactive Q&A with Patreon members from around the world. 
     
    We will host similar conversations with other team members in the coming weeks, including our musician, photographer, and co-host Lina one more time. 
     
    To watch these chats and take part live, sign up on Patreon now: www.patreon.com/theearfultower
     
    To watch the YouTube videos: www.youtube.com/theearfultower 

    • 35 min
    Did you know a giraffe once walked to Paris?

    Did you know a giraffe once walked to Paris?

    This week we reveal the story of the giraffe that walked to Paris in 1827 and made everyone go bananas. This story, especially the bit about Parisians going berserk for giraffes, is the subject of our new children's book: Grace the Giraffe in Paris. 
    A bit of background: The giraffe walked from Marseille to Paris in 1827, a gift to the King Charles X of France from Egypt.

    This true story is fascinating. A giraffe hadn't been in France for 300 years, so practically no one had ever seen one. The arrival of this creature, which we've named Grace, caused a huge sense of excitement and curiosity, fashion trends, wild hairstyles, and general pandemonium. Especially in Paris. 
    We figured this was an ideal story to turn into a book... so we did it.

    So, meet Grace the Giraffe in Paris. 
    In this podcast episode you'll hear me and Lina re-telling the true part of this story in detail, then explaining how and why we turned it into our new children's book. 
    And as with our other books, we're going to self-publish this one, and we'll launch it on Kickstarter to cover our printing and distribution costs. In short: We don't want to pay for 2,000 books unless we know people want them. 
    So, when this link goes live (it doesn't work yet), we'd really love it if you bought a copy or two. Who knows, maybe you want to get your name on the map at the back where we'll rename Paris streets. Boulevard Gee indeed! 
    This is where you will soon be able to order the book.  (theearfultower.com/grace)

    • 28 min
    The 1st arrondissement: The best of Paris

    The 1st arrondissement: The best of Paris

    The 1st arrondissement is this week's focus on the podcast. Here's what we found after spending a full day there.
    Mentioned in this show
    Louvre Museum  Jardin des Tuileries Square du Vert-Galant 


    Place Dauphine


    Place Vendôme Pont Neuf Domaine National du Palais-Royal  Samaritaine  Costes Bar  Restaurant Le Dalí   Bonjour Cafe Café le Nemours 
    This podcast episode includes our final ranking on the district out of 100 and a mid-tour interview or two with Amber Minogue in the Louvre. 
    This episode also features music by Pres Maxson, including his take on Paris by Edith Piaf and more.
    We’ll share our visit, in video format, on our YouTube channel in the coming days. We have been making one of these travel vlogs every week, so be sure to subscribe (you can do it in one click via this link). 
    Read our full guide with all the pictures on the Earful Tower website here.
    A big thanks to the Patreon members who make all this possible. Join them here.

    • 46 min
    The 2nd arrondissement of Paris: Centre stage

    The 2nd arrondissement of Paris: Centre stage

    The 2nd arrondissement is this week's focus on the podcast. Here's what we found after spending a full day there.
    Mentioned in this show
    Zouzou cafe Boneshaker's donuts and brownies  Rue Montorgueil Stohrer Bakery Covered Passages: Grand Cerf, Vivienne, Panoramas The beautiful Starbucks on Boulevard Capucines Tour Jean Sans Peur La Fontaine Gaillon restaurant Le Grand Colbert restaurant Harry’s New York bar This podcast episode includes our final ranking on the district out of 100 and an interview with Oliver Woodhead from the restaurant L'Entente. 
    This episode also features music by Pres Maxson, including his take on "J'ai Deux Amours" by Josephine Baker.
    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). 
    Read our full guide with all the pictures on the Earful Tower website here.
    A big thanks to the Patreon members who make all this possible. Join them here.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
491 Ratings

491 Ratings

KAYLES0404 ,

Best France podcast

I discovered The Earful Tower podcast several months before a trip to France, including Paris. Oliver and his recurring guest star wife, Lina, are a joy to listen to each week, and really made planning our trip to France extra fun. Even if you aren’t traveling to France anytime soon, give them a listen!

pinarello55 ,

Has been really enjoyable but..

I have listened to numerous episodes of this podcast and have really enjoyed Oliver’s interview style, he’s great at connecting with people. Overall, I have been a big fan.
But I have really been disappointed with the episodes of the 20 arrondissements due to Lina’s constant pointless interruptions and endless giggling. Sorry, I’m sure she’s a wonderful person but podcast cohost is not her strength. Her presence on these episodes has really detracted from what was a great idea.
The only other suggestion I would have is to feature fewer Australian and American guests and businesses and have more French guests.

virginia mary w ,

Your love of Paris is infectious!

I have been listening weekly since the 17th arrondissement and have been making my way through the older ones as well. What a fabulous idea! Love Paris and have visited a handful of times. Will spend a month there in May 2023. Do as much reading and research as possible and just adore your podcasts. More personal and up to date than guide books. I now will have to see the old city walls. I would love if next season you would consider day or weekend trips from Paris. Photos are also fabulous! I am a retiree living in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Merci!

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