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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 • 481 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.

    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
    The 3rd arrondissement of Paris: The New Marais

    The 3rd arrondissement of Paris: The New Marais

    The 3rd arrondissement is this week's focus on the podcast. Here's what we found after spending a full day there.
    Mentioned in this show
    46th and 3rd National Archives Fringe Cafe Musée National Picasso Marché des Enfants Rouges Musee Carnavalet Le Mary Celeste Le Progrès The Cambridge Public House This podcast episode includes our final ranking on the district out of 100. 
    This episode also features music by Pres Maxson, including his take on "Libre Comme Picasso" by Pascal Obispo.
    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.

    • 42 min
    The 4th arrondissement of Paris: The Old Marais

    The 4th arrondissement of Paris: The Old Marais

    The 4th arrondissement is this week's focus on the podcast. Here's what we found after spending a full day there.
    Mentioned in this show
    Saint Regis Ile Saint Louis Notre dame  Le Peloton Cafe Miznon restaurant  Philippe Auguste Wall Place des Vosges  Victor Hugo museum Carette cafe Centre Pompidou museum Maria Loca rum bar Bofinger restaurant Bar 1905 This podcast episode includes a brief interview with Paul Barron, the owner of the Peloton Cafe, and our final ranking on the district out of 100. 
    This episode features music by Pres Maxson, including his take on Notre Dame de Paris by Edith Piaf.
    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.

    • 33 min
    The 5th arrondissement: Historic Paris

    The 5th arrondissement: Historic Paris

    The 5th arrondissement is this week's focus on the podcast. Here's what we found after spending a full day there.
    Mentioned in this show
    Le LouLou cafe Musée de Cluny  Pantheon Bibliotheque Saint-Genevieve Jardin des plantes Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle Grande Mosquée de Paris Rue Mouffetard  Le Contrescarpe Maison de Verlaine Caveau de la huchette This podcast episode includes a brief interview with jazz singer Matthieu Boré and writer Sam Barrantes, and our final ranking on the district out of 100. 
    This podcast episode features music by Pres Maxson, including his take on "Place de la Contrescarpe," by Jacques Brel
    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.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
481 Ratings

481 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!

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!

MWXIV ,

Paris - Next Level

We’ve done all the major tourist sites in Paris. Oliver and Lina take it to the next level by helping us find the lesser known but wonderful parks, restaurants, bars, shops etc all across the city that would take years to ferret out. And the podcast, website, YouTube videos combine to make a really fun way to get your Paris fix until your next in person visit.

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