Where can you get a gourmet meal for eight euros seventy? Hélène Ober is the proud owner of the restaurant "Au Caveau de l'Étable." She will show you around the kitchen and share some of her secrets on how to prepare a fantastic meal without breaking the bank. If cooking risotto is not your thing, you will at least be able to speak like a pro in a French kitchen.
Enjoy Oldelaf's quirky humor, as displayed in his introduction to his two backup musicians who come from wildly different backgrounds, to say the least. Then listen to his satirical song "Vendredi" (Friday), where he describes a typical weekend for the average bored (and boring?) French guy.
Our trusty guide Daniel Benchimol takes us to the outskirts of Paris to the medieval city of Provins. There you can admire its ramparts that are still intact in places, enjoy its equestrian shows, and follow the historic road to Paris on your way back.
If you're a comic book lover, you might want to hop on a plane to Lyon, which has held a huge comic book festival for the past ten years. This year, they're even launching a monthly comics magazine called "The Streets of Lyon."
In "Les Voyages en train" (Train Rides), the French slam poet Grand Corps Malade creates an extended metaphor comparing love stories to train rides. Just as a successful train ride involves arriving at the station on time and catching the right train, a good love story involves finding the right person at the right moment in one's life. See if you can find some other similarities between the two in this gorgeous video.
What's the weather in Lille in northern France? Listen to a French weather forecaster and learn some very useful vocabulary. Soon, you will be able to make up your own forecast and test your skills... as a French speaker and a forecaster!
In the second installment of this video on the Côte d'Azur, our tour guide shows us around one of the area's beautiful pebble beaches, which are a favorite of the locals but not very well-known to tourists. In addition to providing endless ammunition for skipping stones on the sea, the pebbles also help break up the waves during heavy storms.
Lionel takes us to the small town of Wissembourg (or "Weißenburg," since it's situated in Alsace where German is spoken as well). It boasts a beautiful church and a nice restaurant where Lionel goes to be "crowned." Another one of his signature jokes and puns await you in this video.
Alessandro visits with some chefs on the occasion of the launch of their book, "Les Grandes gueules et leurs recettes" (Big Mouths and Their Recipes). They take their profession very seriously and are perfectionists like the famous Vatel, King Louis XIV's chef, who was so distraught when a seafood delivery was delayed that he ran a sword through his stomach. Modern chefs need to keep their sense of humor. They are, thankfully, no longer at the mercy of a powerful king, but the Internet can be just as unforgiving.
Maître Gims's song "Changer" (To Change) is a promise to change and rescue his crumbling relationship. Too busy building his empire, he neglects his family and wants to become a better person, but is it too late to make amends? Maître Gims's choice of decor, the atmospheric ambiance of a grandiose castle—empty but for him, a guard dog, and the ghostly figure of a woman in the background—only adds to the feeling of mystery and heartache.
Daniel Benchimol takes us to the Bois de Boulogne, a very popular forest park over twice the size of New York's Central Park. There, you will be able to eat at the Grande Cascade [Grand Waterfall] restaurant, named after a nearby waterfall, that is only accessible by boat, or you could go for a stroll and gaze up at a 150-year-old cedar tree.
This video will make your mouth water! In this interview, Lionel Augier talks to Maurice Roeckel about his new book, "One Hundred Recipes for One Hundred Alsace Wines." Not only will you discover the originality of some chefs who combine amazing wines with amazing food, but you will also learn a few words in the Alsatian dialect.
Pretty much everyone has told a lie, but not everyone is as willing to confess their lies as these pedestrians in France's Essonne department. In this video, you'll hear some falsehoods that range from innocent childhood fibs to more adult-themed exaggerations.
The French love their cheese, and as this video demonstrates, their appreciation begins at a young age. In the Touraine region, a group of students taste an incredible variety of raw milk cheeses from the area and learn about the ways in which they differ from their "industrial" imitations. Who says that kids can't have refined palates?
R&B singer Indila sings "Tourner dans le vide" (Spiraling into Emptiness) from her album Mini World. In the song, she describes how her lover's absence has caused her to fall into a state of vertiginous sorrow and suggests that societal prejudices may also be playing a role.
In this Alsace Vingt episode, Caroline interviews eco-friendly clothes designer Louise Geber, who owns a store in Strasbourg. There, you will be able to shop for fashionable garments and help the environment at the same time. To find out more, visit the store's website, www.vetementbio.com.
In the Marais district, Marion takes us to the Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris. Its center was sometimes used for tournaments and duels, until Richelieu put a stop to that in 1626. The distinctive red brick buildings surrounding the square were once home to such renowned historic and literary figures as Richelieu and Victor Hugo.
Kendji Girac, a star of the French version of The Voice, goes back to his Gypsy roots in "Color Gitano" (Spanish for "Gypsy color"). This fun, rhythmic song will definitely make you want to get up and dance, and it'll even teach you some Spanish too!
Oliver concludes this eleven-part series with a visit to Fort Chambry, where French and British armies fought over new Canadian territories. How did this affect the present? Olivier leaves us to draw our own conclusions and assures us that he is fond of the Québécois as much as they are fond of him. He shares his final impressions of Quebec in a lovely song at the end.