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Lionel L - La Pyramide du Louvre View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France Parisian

Lionel goes to the Louvre Pyramid, which was commissioned by former President François Mitterrand and designed by the architect I.M. Pei. Located in the Cour Napoléon (Napoleon Courtyard), the pyramid is one of the most famous selfie sites in the world.

Voyage en France - Nemours - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The town of Nemours is linked to the history of the United States in two important ways. Daniel will tell you more about that in this segment of his tour, and he'll also show you a group of charming bridges called the "Ponts des Petits Fossés" (Little Ditch Bridges).

Frédéric - La fabrication du jus de pomme - Part 1 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Watch Frédéric make delicious apple juice with a hand press. Once the juice is pressed and filtered, Frédéric will place it in a barrel to decant for twenty-four hours.

Amal - Vélib

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Getting around Paris has never been easier thanks to Vélib, a citywide bike rental service. Amal will tell you everything you need to know about renting a bicycle for a day, a week, or even a year. You won't be stranded after the subway closes at midnight!

1789: Les Amants de la Bastille - Pour la peine View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

"Pour la peine" (For the Pain) is a song from the musical 1789: The Lovers of the Bastille that tells the story of two lovers during the turmoil of the French Revolution.

Voyage en France - Nemours - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel begins his tour of Nemours with a visit to the twelfth-century castle, which has the rare distinction of standing right in the center of town. Nemours was the hometown of the famous Du Pont family, who immigrated to the United States in the 1800s and created a business empire.

Peter - L'Olympia

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Our presenter Peter is in front of the Olympia, which is the oldest music hall in Paris. Many French singers and big stars from around the world have performed there, from Edith Piaf to Liza Minnelli. The Olympia was entirely rebuilt in 2001.

Lea & Lionel L - Bibliothèque François Mitterrand - Part 2 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The François Mitterrand Library, part of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France), is comprised of four large towers in the shape of open books. Lea notes that most of the library's visitors are specialists in art, science, and architecture rather than students.

Gaëlle - Librairie "Livres in Room"

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Gaëlle and François are the proud owners of a bookstore that houses nineteen thousand books. With the stiff competition of chain stores and the internet, a personal touch is essential. Gaëlle is happy to offer advice and comments on her favorite reads.

Voyage en France - Poissy - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Don't miss this rendezvous with Daniel Benchimol in the town of Poissy near Paris. Enjoy a visit to a twelfth-century Romanesque church called the Collégiale de Poissy. You can also visit its priory, which now houses a toy museum to the delight of the little ones.

Lionel - L'usine de madeleines de Liverdun - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lionel continues his behind-the-scenes tour of the madeleine factory. It only takes one hour to make a thousand of these iconic French sweets!

Lea & Lionel L - Le parc de Bercy - Part 2 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

If you need a respite from the hustle and bustle of Paris, follow Lionel and Lea's recommendation and go to the Parc de Bercy in the twelfth arrondissement. There, you can enjoy a little wildlife (including insect hotels!), a "romantic garden," and much more.

Lea & Lionel L - Bibliothèque François Mitterrand - Part 1 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Lea and Lionel take a trip to the thirteenth arrondissement of Paris to visit the new National Library of France, also called the François Mitterrand Library. The library is comprised of four book-shaped towers: the Tower of Time, the Tower of Laws, the Tower of Letters, and the Tower of Numbers.

Voyage en France - Poissy - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol takes us to the town of Poissy, about twenty kilometers from Paris. The town name is derived from the word poisson (fish) due to its once important fishing industry.

Lionel L - La Bastille View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The Paris mayor's office set up an outdoor exhibition at the Bastille recounting events that took place on the site of the famous prison. Most people know that the Bastille was stormed during the French Revolution of 1789, but not many people are aware of other important events that took place before and after the Revolution.

Voyage en France - Montfort-l'Amaury - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol continues his tour of the small medieval town of Montfort-l'Amaury, an hour west of Paris. He takes us to an unusual cemetery building that has a human skull in every corner. On a less spooky note, Daniel tells us about famous figures who have lived in Montfort, such as the composer Maurice Ravel and the singer Charles Aznavour.

Johnny Hallyday - Seul

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Johnny Hallyday's song "Seul" (Alone) is from his 2014 album "Rester Vivant" (Staying Alive). His performance is especially moving now that this famous rock star is no longer with us (Johnny died on December 5, 2017). The poignant lyrics seem like a farewell to his family and his fans.

Voyage en France - Montfort-l'Amaury - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel takes us to another town within easy reach of Paris. Monfort-l'Amaury boasts a huge church called the Église Saint Pierre et Saint Paul with some magnificent stained glass windows. If you are a music lover, you might want to check out Maurice Ravel's house, where he composed many of his great works, including Le Boléro.

Lea & Lionel L - Le parc de Bercy - Part 1 View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Join Lionel and Léa, who are having a good time in the pleasant Bercy Park. It's a favorite for the locals, who congregate there as soon as the sun is out.

France 3 - Les conséquences de la crise du beurre View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Faced with a butter shortage in France, this bakery is among the few that are choosing to wait in hopes that the price of butter will drop. Apparently, customers are too fond of the bakery's delicious pastries to let a price increase deter them. After all, pastries are some of life's essentials in France...

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