Episodes
So you're coming to Paris and you want to maximise your time and spend your money wisely. But how to do it? Here are some suggestions from your hosts Oliver and Lina, based on our deep explorations of the city as part of our Paris Countdown series (from which we're currently on a two-week intermission). So here they are: Ten expert tips for planning your Paris trip.  A thank you to Pres Maxson for the original soundtrack to the episode. For the tips written out with lovely pics,...
Published 05/23/22
The 10th arrondissement feels like the centre of everything. People spill into the streets from the Gare du Nord station, one of the busiest rail terminals in the world, and mingle into a melting pot of old Paris, new Paris, and cultural offerings from around the world. The district also features an intriguing museum of handheld fans, a delightful art nouveau restaurant, and the authentic Paris picnic spot: the Canal Saint-Martin.  The Earful Tower podcast episode This podcast episode on...
Published 05/16/22
Published 05/16/22
The 11th arrondissement is undoubtedly the cool part of town. Some call it the trendiest Paris district. It’s where you might find an eco-friendly garden hotel, a 1920s themed speakeasy bar, and a restaurant that’s so cool you can’t even find its name on the facade. We found all those places, plus took a more traditional exploration through the old alleyways that were once thriving artisanal passages. Here’s everything we discovered during our 24 hours in the 11th arrondissement. This...
Published 05/09/22
It's the Paris Countdown! Here comes an-depth guide to the 12th arrondissement of Paris after we spent 24 hours there. The blog post is here with all the pictures.  A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Music: A Pres Maxson interpretation of Plus Bleu Que Tes Yeux (A Blue Like the Blue of Your Eyes) by Charles Aznavour Below are all the places we mentioned. Where to stay? Mk2 Hotel Paradiso @mk2hotelparadiso  Address:...
Published 05/02/22
It's the Paris Countdown! Here comes an-depth guide to the 13th arrondissement of Paris after we spent 24 hours there. The blog post is here with all the pictures.  A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Music: A Pres Maxson interpretation of La mer, by Charles Trenet. Below are all the places we mentioned. Where to stay? / An unusual hotel OFF Paris Seine Address: 86 Quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 @offparisseine The best...
Published 04/25/22
It's the Paris Countdown! Here comes an-depth guide to the 14th arrondissement of Paris after we spent 24 hours there. The blog post is here with all the pictures.  A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Music: A Pres Maxson interpretation of Le poinçonneur des Lilas, by Serge Gainsbourg. Below are all the places we mentioned. Where to stay? Hotel Cabane @hotelcabane Address: 76 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014 Great...
Published 04/18/22
It's Season 12 of The Earful Tower, The Paris Countdown: Here comes an-depth guide to the Paris arrondissements after we've spent 24 hours in each of them. This week it's the 15th arrondissement of Paris. The blog post is here with all the pictures. A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Music: A Pres Maxson interpretation of Le vent nous portera, by Noir Désir. Below are all the places we mentioned.  Where to stay?...
Published 04/11/22
It's Season 12 of The Earful Tower, The Paris Countdown: Here comes an-depth guide to the Paris arrondissements after we've spent 24 hours in each of them. This week it's the 16th arrondissement of Paris. The YouTube video that goes with this episode will be here, and the blog post is here with all the pictures. A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Below are all the places we mentioned.  Where did we stay? Sourire Hotel ...
Published 04/04/22
It's Season 12 of The Earful Tower, The Paris Countdown: Here comes an-depth guide to the Paris arrondissements after we've spent 24 hours in each of them. This week it's the 17th arrondissement of Paris. The YouTube video that goes with this episode will be here, and the blog post will be here with all the pictures. A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Below are all the places we mentioned.  Where we stayed Villa...
Published 03/28/22
It's Season 12 of The Earful Tower, The Paris Countdown: Here comes an-depth guide to the Paris arrondissements after we've spent 24 hours in each of them.  This week it's the 18th arrondissement, with a strong focus on Montmartre. The YouTube video that goes with this episode will be here, and the blog post will be here with all the pictures. A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Below are all the places we mentioned.  ...
Published 03/21/22
It's Season 12 of The Earful Tower, The Paris Countdown: Here comes an-depth guide to the Paris arrondissements after we've spent 24 hours in each of them.  This week it's the 19th arrondissement, with a strong focus on the canals that run through the neighbourhood. The YouTube video that goes with this episode will be here, and the blog post will be here with all the pictures. A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Below...
Published 03/14/22
Here we are: Season 12, The Paris Countdown. For the next 20 weeks, you'll be hearing an in-depth guide to the Paris arrondissements after we've spent 24 hours in each of them.  We're starting at the 20th arrondissement, with a strong focus on Edith Piaf.  The YouTube video that goes with this episode is here, and here is the blog post with all the pictures. A big thank you to the Patreon supporters, without whom we wouldn't be making this season. Join them here. Below are all the places...
Published 03/07/22
Next week the new season of The Earful Tower begins. Here's what you can expect :) Become a member here on Patreon.
Published 02/28/22
Here's the story of how Lina and I got our two childen's books in the gift shop of the Louvre Museum.  To become a Patreon member of The Earful Tower, click here. You can find our books all over Paris, or buy them directly from our online shop here. 
Published 02/21/22
Are Parisian men all well-dressed? Or is it a myth? And while we're at it, what should YOU wear on your visit to Paris?  All these questions and much more are answered this week by Frenchman Fabien Renault, the managing director France's arm of the luxury fashion company Joseph.  And the idiot in this show, of course, is me. Enjoy the episode and subscribe for more of the same every single week.
Published 02/14/22
My father-in-law Jakob is on the show, recounting the tale of how he got VIP treatment at a Paris fashion house in the 1980s.  It's part of a bigger theme of 'My First Trip To Paris' that Patreon members have been sharing, join them here. Mentioned in this episode: Charles Aznavour songs: Non je n'ai rien oublié and Emmenez moi The song played in the intro and outro was Sous le ciel de Paris.  And the fashion house was Carven, which still exists at 6 Rdpt des Champs-Élysées...
Published 02/07/22
Do you want a peek behind the scenes of artist life on the Left Bank of Paris?  Well it's your lucky day! Today on the podcast it's renowned artist Alex Hillkurtz, who shares a little about his method, from inside his Left Bank chambre de bonne studio. I first met Alex when his work was on exhibit at the Orangerie in the Luxembourg Gardens and I'm already planning my visit to see his work in the Grand Palais this year. You can find more about Alex on his website here, in advance, or join...
Published 01/31/22
IT'S BACK!  Today's guest is the reigning champ of The Earful Tower Bucket List, Shelly. She is a Paris art consultant, a personal friend of mine, and has her finger firmly on the pulse of things to do in Paris.  We share our top five things to do this year in Paris. Why not write your own list and join us? The full list will be on the website later today: www.theearfultower.com
Published 01/24/22
My Dad worked on Paris peniche, moored on the Seine, in 1976.  I didn't know much about the story, so asked him how it came to be. His tale included hitch-hiking, thievery, a police station in Arles, and finally a boat in Paris.  Here it is in full :) This episode, and all the others, were brought to you thanks to the Patreon members. Join them here.
Published 01/17/22
The Earful Tower's 2021 in review.
Published 12/20/21
Lina and Oliver share their stories of how Paris landed on their radars. What's your own version? Leave a comment on social media!
Published 12/13/21
It's cocktail queen Forest Collins from 52 Martinis, sharing ten new speakeasy bars that are hidden across Paris.
Published 12/06/21
To celebrate five years of The Earful Tower podcast and 2 millions downloads, I explain the ten decisions that shaped this show. 
Published 11/29/21
Meet Amaury Bouhours, Executive Chef at Le Meurice.  We chatted at the chef's table about running a restaurant with two Michelin stars, his cooking background, and French food in general. 
Published 11/22/21