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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 667 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.

    Paris through the lens of a movie director

    Paris through the lens of a movie director

    Meet Scott Hillier, an Australian movie director in Paris, who runs the European Independant Film Festival (the ÉCU).
    He talks of the iconic light in the city of Paris, his film festival, and his exploits around the world as a director and war photographer. 
    Find out more about the annual Film Festival here, 2024 marks the 19th festival, and it runs on April 19th, 20th, and 21st in Montparnasse. 
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    The Earful Tower exists thanks to support from its Patreon members. From $10 a month you can unlock almost endless extras including bonus podcast episodes, live video replays, special event invites, and our annually updated PDF guide to Paris. 
    Membership takes only a minute to set up. Thank you for keeping this channel independent. 
    For more from the Earful Tower, here are some handy links:
    Website 
    Weekly newsletter 

    • 29 min
    Life in Paris as a Moulin Rouge dancer

    Life in Paris as a Moulin Rouge dancer

    Meet Allie Goodbun, a Canadian dancer at the iconic Moulin Rouge in Paris. 
    She talks of how she got the job, her life in Montmartre, and her love for the City of Light. 
    Want to join the fun on Allie's social media? You can find her on TikTok here and Instagram here - and here's the link to her new clothing brand for Ready Freddie dancewear.
    Here's a snippet of this very podcast episode on her Tik Tok channel.
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    The Earful Tower exists thanks to support from its Patreon members. From $10 a month you can unlock almost endless extras including bonus podcast episodes, live video replays, special event invites, and our annually updated PDF guide to Paris. 
    Membership takes only a minute to set up. Thank you for keeping this channel independent. 
    For more from the Earful Tower, here are some handy links:
    Website 
    Weekly newsletter 

    • 32 min
    Wining and dining in France with Patricia Wells

    Wining and dining in France with Patricia Wells

    This week it's food critic and cookbook author Patricia Wells. Originally from the US, she moved to Paris in 1980 where she worked as a restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune and later the French weekly newspaper L’Express.
    Along the way she has published 15 books and made a home in Paris and Chanteduc, in Provence. 
    We also talk of how Patricia is selling her collection of antiques and furniture via antique's dealer Chez Pluie. You can find the collection: At Home with Patricia Wells by following this link.
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    The Earful Tower exists thanks to support from its Patreon members. From $10 a month you can unlock almost endless extras including bonus podcast episodes, live video replays, special event invites, and our annually updated PDF guide to Paris. 
    Membership takes only a minute to set up. Thank you for keeping this channel independent. 
    For more from the Earful Tower, here are some handy links:
    Website 
    Weekly newsletter 

    • 34 min
    Making French dessert: A mille-feuille celebration for 1,000 reviews

    Making French dessert: A mille-feuille celebration for 1,000 reviews

    This week on the show we make mille-feuilles - the "thousand layer pastry" to celebrate 1,000 reviews of The Earful Tower podcast. Thanks to all who've left reviews over the years.
    You might know a mille-feuille as a Napoleon, a custard slice, or a vanilla slice. But we all know it as delicious, especially when it's freshly baked. 
    For this episode, you'll join our team as we prepare this iconic dessert at Cook’n With Class, complete with some pastry and chocolate tips from the chef. 
    Please click here to book a class with Cook'n With Class, and write "The Earful Tower" at checkout so they know I sent you. If you book before the end of March 2024 I'll send you my PDF guide to Paris for free as a thanks!

    Their English-speaking cooking classes are a delightful blend of fun, education, and gastronomy. Designed for culinary enthusiasts of all levels, they offer a unique opportunity to explore French cuisine through hands-on experiences in a welcoming atmosphere. 
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    The Earful Tower exists thanks to support from its Patreon members. From $10 a month you can unlock almost endless extras including bonus podcast episodes, live video replays, special event invites, and our annually updated PDF guide to Paris. 
    Membership takes only a minute to set up. Thank you for keeping this channel independent. 
    For more from the Earful Tower, here are some handy links:
    Website 
    Weekly newsletter 

    • 21 min
    The man selling the finest faux flowers in France

    The man selling the finest faux flowers in France

    This week on the show we welcome back Diederick de Jongh, the owner of Flora Magnifica, which sells the finest faux flowers in France.
    He was last on the show in 2021, but since then he has changed locations of his shop to be further north in the Marais by a famous bistro.
    We chatted about business, Paris, and his new project supplying flowers to cultural heritage institutions around France. We also talk about what happens to a small shop in the Marais after it features on The Earful Tower podcast!
    How to visit Flora Magnifica Address: 58 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris
    Hours: Open Tuesday – Sundays
    For more information visit their website here and follow them on Instagram here
    This episode was brought to you by Cook'n With Class, click here to book a class with them. 
    Their English-speaking cooking classes are a delightful blend of fun, education, and gastronomy. Designed for culinary enthusiasts of all levels, they offer a unique opportunity to explore French cuisine through hands-on experiences in a welcoming atmosphere. 
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    The Earful Tower exists thanks to support from its Patreon members. From $10 a month you can unlock almost endless extras including bonus podcast episodes, live video replays, special event invites, and our annually updated PDF guide to Paris. 
    Membership takes only a minute to set up. Thank you for keeping this channel independent. 
    For more from the Earful Tower, here are some handy links:
    Website 
    Weekly newsletter 

    • 29 min
    How to stay safe in Paris, with Amanda Rollins

    How to stay safe in Paris, with Amanda Rollins

    Is Paris a safe city? The truth is, it's probably about as safe as any other big city. 
    In other words, you need to be smart when you're here.
    And this week on the podcast, American content creator in Paris Amanda Rollins shares her tips and tricks for being street smart in the City of Light. 
    Amanda has made a name for herself on her wildly popular social media accounts as American Fille, where she shares how to stay out of trouble in Paris (and many, many other things). 
    Find her on TikTok here (over a million followers!) and Instagram here. 
    The chat spans lot of other topics too!
    This episode was brought to you by Cook'n With Class, click here to book a class with them. I did the sauce-making class and LOVED it.
    Their English-speaking cooking classes are a delightful blend of fun, education, and gastronomy. Designed for culinary enthusiasts of all levels, they offer a unique opportunity to explore French cuisine through hands-on experiences in a welcoming atmosphere. 
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    The Earful Tower exists thanks to support from its Patreon members. From $10 a month you can unlock almost endless extras including bonus podcast episodes, live video replays, special event invites, and our annually updated PDF guide to Paris. 
    Membership takes only a minute to set up. Thank you for keeping this channel independent. 
    For more from the Earful Tower, here are some handy links:
    Website 
    Weekly newsletter 

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
667 Ratings

667 Ratings

MaryPFisher ,

Amazing!!!

Oh my my …. I should have written a review ages ago … finally!
I discovered the Earful Tower back in spring of 2021 when Oliver interviewed MollyJWilk. I had started baking French pastries on zoom with Molly when the pandemic started, pure joy.
So I started listening to these podcasts. I was slow to start, as there was no trip planned for Paris and it made me so wishful, that I couldn’t always listen.
Then Oliver and Lina became friends on my 1 hour long drive to and from work.
And now the trip is planned and about to happen … and the list of what to see and do is much too long! We have been before, this will be my 4th trip, so all the places one would not know to visit is where we will go!
If you love Paris, or just love to hear incredible stories about amazing places and people, this is the podcast to listen too.
Thank you Oliver, can not wait to be walking your streets.
Cheers! Mary

GailRStarr ,

A true joy!

I love hanging out with Oliver, Lina and Otis! Even though I no longer work in Paris, I feel like I am still there when I spent time with them every week. Merci bien!

activitygirl1 ,

Great!

Wonderful blend of “must do” sites and unusual things to do to see real Paris. Oliver, where in France have you not been but still want to go?

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