Back when life was normal and I had a 30 minute commute to and from work every weekday, I used to love to put on a French inspired podcast to listen to. Podcasts are a fun and informative way to pass the time whether you are driving, taking a walk or enjoying a coffee on a Sunday afternoon. It should come as no surprise that I especially enjoy a good Francophile podcast too. Even though I am currently not doing my daily commute, I still make time to listen to my favorite podcasts during the week. I like to enjoy a podcast when I take an afternoon walk after lunch or while enjoying a coffee on the weekend.
The first podcast that I ever tuned into was The Simple Sophisticate which is produced by The Simply Luxurious Life blog. I found Shannon Able’s blog years ago when I was discovering more about the French lifestyle back in 2013 and I was simply delighted when she decided to start her podcast back in 2014. I have been listening ever since that first episode and have discovered so many more French inspired podcasts since then. If you are an unabashed Francophile too, then here are eight French inspired living podcasts you should listen to.
1.) French Kiss Life – I simply adore Tonya Leigh her French inspired living podcast. Tonya is a master life coach with a focus on living well and artfully in your everyday life. She tries to inspire a life of style and joie de vivre. She touches on everything from French living, to mindset and celebrating the everyday. Favorite Episode: 27 Ways To Cultivate A Paris State of Mind.
2.) The New Paris – A podcast created by the author of the book “The New Paris”, Lindsey Tramuta, this podcast explores the new traditions and way of life in Paris. Paris is known for its many traditions and way of life and how they stick to those traditions through and through. However, Lindsey takes a look at the people, places and ideas that are changing Paris today. Favorite Episode: On Evolving Style and Designing in Paris.
3.) The Land of Desire – A podcast that delves into the history of France in such a delightful way. A podcast ran by Diana Stegall who tells the stories of France in a way that will hook you from the beginning until the very end of each story. I have sat in my car for long periods of time after I got home from work just to finish an episode. The stories are intriguing, detailed and sometimes crazy. Definitely one to check out if you are into French history. Favorite Episode: Women At War: Coco Chanel.
4.) So French! – This podcast talks about Paris and French current affairs, politics and culture. This podcast has two hosts, Sara Bertilsson and Stefan de Vries as they talk about the current state of affairs in France and also has some side bars about the things that the French people are taking an interest in. Favorite Episode: While New York is Banning Foie Gras, The French Are Hooked on Halloween.
5.) French is Beautiful – This podcast is ran by Carrie Anne James and is a mix of practicing the French language, exploring the French culture and l’art de vivre. Carrie talks about everything from daily life, food, travel and all things that she has experienced while living in France. Favorite Episode: My French Journey
6.) The Simple Sophisticate – I kind of gave an introduction to this podcast above. This podcast is ran by Shannon Ables who does the blog The Simply Luxurious Life. She talks about everything from French inspired living, British inspired living and overall living your best life discussed through many different topics. Favorite Episode: 10 Ways To Unearth Your Inner Francophile.
7.) The French History Podcast – If you are looking for a more in depth history of France spanning back a long time ago, then this podcast is for you. Hosted by Gary Girod, he does this podcast every week and talks about wars, culture and historical figures throughout France. Favorite Episode: From Vichy to Alizee: Making The Modern French Woman.
8.) Sophie’s Cat – A podcast inspired by the blog and book “Sophie The Parisian”. This podcast is for the modern Francophile interested in food, fashion and glamour. It’s a lifestyle podcast that also delves into current events and culture. I am not sure if this one is still recording episodes, but still worth the time to listen to the older episodes. Favorite Episode: Conversations With Thierry Hergueta About Mindful Eating.