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Hidden Paris is a podcast for all lovers and residents of Paris, hosted by British/American expat (reared in Ireland, Italy and the US!) Mariamne Everett. I take you with me on my journey as I discover the hidden and off the beaten track places and aspects of the City of Love. Each episode focuses on the history and background of the place, mixed in with healthy doses of fun conversation. You will also have the opportunity to “meet” people on my broadcast, as the listeners introduce themselv ...
 
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Our listener Susan recently got in touch and asked if we could do an episode on deafness and hearing loss, and the challenges these conditions can present when you’re abroad. So Liam O'Dell, deaf freelance journalist and campaigner, is joining us today to speak about the subject and his own experiences.…
 
This week, we're putting the Focus on the French government's Covid-19 vaccination strategy, as it comes under criticism for a sluggish rollout. We're at an arts centre that has been converted into the largest of the 24 inoculation hubs in Paris. Every day, up to 1,000 people can be vaccinated at the centre, free of charge – as long as enough doses…
 
This week, you find us outside Paris's military museum, the Invalides. It is the final resting place of one of France's most famous and most controversial figures, Napoleon Bonaparte. As 2021 marks the bicentenary of the emperor's death, his military, social and political legacy have sparked a heated debate, both here and abroad… proving a pickle f…
 
In this episode of Hidden Paris, Jasmine (@love.to.eat.repeat) comes on to discuss how the Paris Food Industry has adapted to Covid, from restaurants and chefs to apps that promote sustainability, fusion and responsible work practices. Check out some of the amazing places she mentions on Instagram: @taco_mesa, @carbon_paris, @reyna.paris, @paris.me…
 
While France is still Europe's agricultural powerhouse, the number of farmers is steadily falling, by almost 2 percent every year. Worse, an ageing workforce and a lack of new blood mean that around 15 percent of the current contingent is set to retire within the next five years, leaving many a homestead with no one to take over. But training schoo…
 
In this episode of Hidden Paris, Preston (@prestonmohr), who is a Global Wine Advisor Manager at Chateau Pommard and Vivant, joins me to talk about wine!! We discuss what criteria are involved in classifying a wine as sustainable, how to read a wine label, French people's relationship to wine, how beginners should approach wine and much more! Prest…
 
This week we're putting the focus on a delicate issue: euthanasia. The right to die has yet to be legalised here in France, despite a majority of citizens supporting the move. But a year away from the next presidential poll, MPs are now piling the pressure on Emmanuel Macron to bring about a breakthrough via new legislation. We take a closer look a…
 
This week we're up on the hill of Montmartre, as we put the focus on a little-known, yet defining chapter of French history: the Paris Commune. Walking around the picturesque area today, there’s little trace of the chaotic and deadly scenes that played out here just 150 years ago: a brutal civil war that came hot on the heels of a deadly Prussian s…
 
In this episode of Hidden Paris, Clara (@clara.siverson) joins me for a second episode to discuss the Eiffel Tower...but with a twist! She discusses how she came to fall in love with it, pulls quotes from Henri Riviere's book The Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower, discusses other artists who have been inspired by it and much more! For more tips …
 
Tax expert Oliver Heslop from Global Expatriate Tax Services is back today, and he’s going to give us an update on UK and EU pension rights after Brexit. It’s very good news for the million plus Brits living in EU countries and the more than 3 million EU citizens who call the UK home. Oliver is also going to touch on what you should keep in mind th…
 
With an annual budget of several billion euros, child protection is a leading social issue here, second only to education. And yet the sum doesn’t amount to much for these fragile youths, who struggle with the double trauma of losing their family before being propelled into the country’s placement scheme, resulting in a life of instability at best,…
 
Today's guest is Rebecca Grappo, the founder of RNG International Educational Consultants. Rebecca has been working with expat families for decades, and I wanted to get her perspective on the Covid-19 pandemic, how it has affected international students – in particular, over the past 12 months – and what expat families can do to continue to help an…
 
In this episode of Hidden Paris, Yasser Louati and I sit down to discuss the term "Islamo-gauchisme" (Islamo-leftism in English), a word that has been making headlines across France in recent weeks. We discuss the history of France's relationship with its Muslim community, Laïcité, the events leading up to France introducing the Muslim veil ban, th…
 
This week, we're focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of France's influencers. On YouTube, TikTok, blogs and Instagram, they count their followers in the millions. However, France's "content creators" are still in the process of exploring all the potential of their virtual sway. In this show we see how brands and marketing teams are actively ha…
 
Amid fear, anxiety, sleep deprivation, anger and isolation, it's certainly no surprise that cases of depression have more than doubled in France during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. With authorities warning of a "third, mental health wave" of the pandemic, the country's psychiatric services are left to pick up the pieces. But historic underfunding a…
 
I'm back from Dubai everyone and so excited to share with you my latest episode in which I had the pleasure of interviewing another Drag Queen! In this episode of Hidden Paris, Ghost Elektra (@ghostelektra) and I discuss the drag scene and her own personal experience of performing in Paris as well as in Berlin. She also talks to me about the work t…
 
This week, we're putting the Focus on France's expat community. For French citizens living abroad, the pandemic has played out in a very different way than for their compatriots back home: from political responses to financial and professional consequences, not forgetting travel bans, each adoptive nation has had its own way of handling the crisis.…
 
This week, we're putting the focus on France's booming animation sector. While Hollywood rules supreme in the world of moviemaking, it's France that has become the global benchmark for animated films. That's perhaps not surprising, given that its origins here date back to the late 19th century. And while the pandemic may sadly have shut down movie …
 
Deciding to pack up your life abroad and head back to your home country can be difficult enough, but doing it during the Covid-19 pandemic brings all kinds of extra challenges. Australian journalist, Denee Savoia, recently returned home after four years living and working in Turkey. However, getting herself home certainly hasn’t been straightforwar…
 
This week, we're focusing on France's transgender community. Around 80 percent of people who identify as transgender in France report having been the target of discrimination and/or violence. This worrying figure is only the tip of the iceberg for these men and women, who are caught in a double bind of administrative, medical and social challenges …
 
In this episode of Hidden Paris, my guest and friend Clara (@clara.siverson) came on to discuss the history of and analyse one of her favourite artworks that you can see for free! It is called Rodin's Monument to Balzac and is located at 136 Boulevard Raspail, in the 6th arrondissement. Clara has a degree in Art History from the Sorbonne. She has a…
 
The French public's historically strained rapport with law enforcement has reached an all-time low in recent months. This comes after a spate of serious incidents of police brutality and racism, some of which were caught on camera. Simultaneously, the French opposition, media, human rights groups and even the UN cried foul over the government's bot…
 
This week, we're putting the focus on French gastronomy as we spare a thought for France's restaurant owners, staff and caterers, who are struggling through the Covid-19 crisis. We take a look back at the history of haute cuisine, from the first known recipe to the publication of the Michelin Guide. We also take you around the Château de Valençay, …
 
In this episode of Hidden Paris, my guest Paris-born Laura (@lpmagallon), shares some of the history of her favourite hidden quirky places of Paris. These include the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (@les_bouffes_du_nord), Les Grands Voisins (@lesgrandsvoisins) & Fluctuart (@fluctuart). Laura is a tour guide training to be an art therapist. Check out h…
 
As the French government rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, we’re putting the focus on the country's response. While many pandemic-weary nations view this fast-tracked medical breakthrough as light at the end of a year-long tunnel, France remains the most vaccine-averse country in the world. According to opinion polls, some 58 percent of …
 
Recent updates and changes to the United Arab Emirates’ legal system are set to benefit the millions of expats that call the country home. Law reforms announced in November cover divorce, wills, and local rules around the consumption of alcohol and unmarried couples living together. Alexandra Tribe, lawyer and owner of Expatriate Law, joins me in t…
 
This week, we're putting the focus on Nobel Prize-winning French author Albert Camus. As 2020 saw France mark 60 years since his death in a car crash, Camus's seminal work "The Plague" was unexpectedly thrust back into the spotlight by the Covid-19 pandemic. From the UK to Japan, the 1947 novel established itself as a global sensation, topping sale…
 
In this episode of Hidden Paris, my guest Krystal, shares some of her favourite hidden places to see in Montmartre. These include the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre (@hotelparticuliermontmartre) - a great place for date night!, going up to the top of Sacre Coeur and staying in the guesthouse of the basilica. Krystal is a photographer based in Montma…
 
The end of 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition period, and one of the big changes for UK nationals is how long they can spend at second homes in the EU. Up until now, British nationals have been able to spend up to six months a year at another property on mainland Europe without running into any issues around residency. But that all changes…
 
In France, patients over the age of 65 account for at least 92 percent of all Covid-19 deaths across the country, and contagion is especially high among senior citizens. But in the face of a second lockdown, it’s been a hard balance to strike for authorities, families and pensioners themselves, caught between the fear of infection and the misery of…
 
In this episode of Hidden Paris, Pascaline, a tour guide and founder of Culture and Adventure, joins me to discuss why she created this company, her new children's book and shares some tips on how to get kids excited about visiting museums! You can follow Culture & Adventure on Instagram : @cultureandadventure, Twitter : @CultureAndAdv & on Faceboo…
 
In this edition we see how France's sports world is handling the Covid-19 curveball. With social distancing rules and two lockdowns upending many competitions and closing down most training facilities, it's been a rough year for athletes, clubs and fans alike. Faced with the dire consequences of this forced time-out, President Emmanuel Macron has m…
 
The dreaded C-word has really dominated the year, but now we’re reaching the end of 2020, and it’s the B-word that a lot of British expats in particular are worried about, as they rush to secure a base in mainland Europe. Oliver Heslop from GETS – Global Expatriate Tax Services – is back on the show today to talk through where things stand when it …
 
Monique Wells, the founder of @entreetoblackparis - a tour company that offers tours showcasing the contributions of Africans and people of African descent to the history and culture of Paris-, joins me for a fourth episode! In this episode, she talks to us about an area located in the north of Paris called Little Africa. We talk about the history …
 
This week, we're exploring the life and legacy of Charles de Gaulle, who died 50 years ago this week. To many, he's the undisputed French hero: a wartime leader who led the Resistance to the Nazis in World War II before years later becoming the first president of the Fifth Republic. For much of his life, de Gaulle lived in the village of Colombey-l…
 
This week, we're looking at the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus in France. As many as one million people could be plunged into poverty by the pandemic. Charities have also been impacted. One reason is that older people often volunteer, but many are now avoiding social situations since they are most at risk. The French government has anno…
 
How much do you keep up with the news and issues back in your ‘home’ country? Where do you go for updates on subjects that affect you, like new law proposals and policy changes? American Citizens Abroad is an apolitical organisation, on a mission to educate and advocate for US citizens living and working overseas, from expat voting rights to citize…
 
Monique Wells, the founder of @entreetoblackparis - a tour company that offers tours showcasing the contributions of Africans and people of African descent to the history and culture of Paris-, joins me for a third episode! In this episode, she talks to us about her favourite Black French Creative, the writer Alexandre Dumas père, whose most famous…
 
In this week's show, we're taking a closer look at France's version of the welfare state: social security. One of the pillars of the French state, "la sécurité sociale" is essentially a massive safety net, to catch anyone who falls ill, loses their job or decides to retire. To get an insight into how the system works, we explore its 75-year history…
 
Tune into my latest Culture Calendar for World Radio Paris as I recommend you all check out the Musée de la Liberation de Paris! (The permanent exhibit and bunker are free of charge to visit!) There is also a temporary exhibit called Les Parisiens dans l'exode de 1940 on until the 13th of December! I also recommend other cultural events to check ou…
 
Monique Wells, the founder of @entreetoblackparis - a tour company that offers tours showcasing the contributions of Africans and people of African descent to the history and culture of Paris-, joins me for a second episode! In this episode, she talks to us about the life of her favourite African American Creative, the painter Beauford Delaney. For…
 
This week, as France grapples with a second wave of the coronavirus, what is the state of French medical research? Is the industry short on funds? And where is France in the race to develop a vaccine and potential treatments? We look at what work has been done so far in France to develop a safe, effective vaccine against Covid-19.…
 
This week, we're looking at France's war on drugs. Reports suggest that more illegal drugs are consumed in the country than anywhere else in Europe. The government, though, is taking action, introducing on-the-spot fines of €200 for anyone caught consuming drugs. The new law has now been in place for about a month. We examine whether it's working o…
 
Monique Wells, the founder of @entreetoblackparis - a tour company that offers tours showcasing the contributions of Africans and people of African descent to the history and culture of Paris-, will be joining me for several episodes to talk along the theme of "Black Paris". In this episode, she talks about what inspired her to start her company, E…
 
This week, we take stock of how the Covid-19 crisis has affected higher education in France. Whether embarking on their studies, hoping to get crucial internships or graduating amid a historic recession, French students are facing a whole new learning curve. And while authorities have been calling on students to curb their enthusiasm in the name of…
 
Today we’re exploring some of the need-to-knows if you’re planning a move to Vietnam. My guest is Creighton Wong, an American who owns a digital marketing agency. In more normal times, he would be based not just in Vietnam but in other parts of the world too, as a digital nomad. Creighton’s going to share his opinion and experiences with visas, Vie…
 
The current pandemic has left a lot of people around the world in limbo, and Christina Sinn is one of them. A German expat, Christina ‘should’ be in Australia right now, where she’s been based for the past few years, after living in China and the UK. But she and her partner happened to be visiting Germany when COVID-19 hit its first peak and intern…
 
Australia is known for its incredible natural beauty, great quality of life and multicultural society. If you’re planning a move ‘down under’ (for sometime after the pandemic, when borders are open again), blogger and teacher Courtney Alkek has some excellent advice to share. She and her husband moved to Australia from the USA. They’ve had two kids…
 
Tune into my latest review for World Radio Paris of the "Global(e) Resistance" exhibit on at the Centre Pompidou (@centrepompidou). I also recommend other cultural events to check out in Paris during the last week of September/start of October. Does this exhibit sound like your cup of tea? Check it out before it ends on January 4th!…
 
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