Do's and Don'ts at Restaurants in France, Episode 209

Blackboard menu and restaurant terrasse in the background

What does it take to get great restaurant service in France? It's pretty simple: some cultural awareness goes a long way and it's all in today's episode!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Episode 181

Notre Dame Cathedral: hunchback of notre dame episode

Ready for a refresher on the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo? This is the episode that will have you see the Cathedral in a whole new light!

Notre Dame Cathedral Stories, Episode 180

Notre Dame Cathedral seen in the evening light against a blue sky background

How do you make a visit to a Cathedral enjoyable and stimulating for modern people who are not well-versed in the imagery of the Middle Ages? You tell them where to look so they too can see the stories, of course!

The Cannes Film Festival, Episode 110

The city and port of Cannes: Cannes Film Festival episode

Did you know that the Cannes Film Festival had humble and even scary beginnings? In today's episode we look back at how history gave this festival it's unique French flavor and discuss early winners because we love movies!

Voltaire the Freethinker, Episode 84

statue of Volaire in Paris

Love him or hate him (French people in his day loved him), Voltaire made a huge impact on French history and culture. But what did he stand for exactly?

From Ballet to Cabaret in Paris, Episode 53

creative montage of the eiffel tower, grand palais, la défense and a dancer in the foreground

A history of Paris seen through the lens of dance and dance halls in France

Secularism and Free Speech in France, Episode 51

leaves covering a forest path with beautiful golden light

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack, Annie asks why is secularism so important in France.

July and August in France: Les Grandes Vacances, Episode 32

The Maison Carrée in Nimes; July and August in France

What you need to know about July and August in France. Which parts of France will be deserted and which parts will get mobbed? You can avoid unpleasant surprises by learning how French people operate on vacation in this episode!

Survival French with Todd Newman, Episode 30

Sign that reads "Bonjour !" that greets people as they exit their flight into France at the Paris airport

Being in a foreign country where you don't speak the language well can be a challenge for anyone, but in France it doesn't have to be. French people are accommodating to visitors who are not fluent in French, on one condition: learn a few words!

Are French People Rude? Episode 9

Woman smoking a cigarette without a care in the world

Are French people rude or just unfriendly? And is there any truth to the ugly American stories? Listen to this episode to brush up on ways to make French people smile at you with a twinkle of delight in their eyes instead of a scowl!