Watch our past events
Bonjour Paris Live is our online events series offering expert lectures, discovery talks and conversations about la vie française. Bonjour Paris members can watch all our past events below:
The Hidden Edens of Paris with Amy Kupec-Larue (Dec 21)
Paris is known for its elegant monuments and aligned Haussmannian facades but did you know that it also harbors well over 500 parks and many hidden corners of botanical beauty? Some are rather hidden while others are in plain sight, yet overlooked. Join Amy Kupec-Larue for a virtual tour of these charming pockets of greenery.
Passage Jouffroy and Passage des Panoramas with Jeffrey Iverson (Nov 21)
These covered passages represented a revolution for Parisian society and the way Parisians circulated through their city, as a network grew across Paris in the 1800s. Today, after decades of neglect, many passageways are being rediscovered, capturing hearts again with their 19th century charm.
In Conversation with Allison Zinder (Nov 21)
Allison Zinder is a gastronomy guide and Food & Beverage educator. A certified chef, she offers food and history tours to anglophone travelers and develops Study Abroad programs. Allison is also Head of Academics at a hospitality management school in Paris, and has lived in France since 1995.
Secrets of the 2nd arrondissement (Oct 21)
This arrondissement is the traditional district of the textile industry. It is also a great hub of theatre and opera and is home to the covered passages, ancestors of the department stores. The Grands Boulevards, which are full of life, run along the northern side of the district. This is a district less familiar to lovers of Paris and it is really worthy getting to know.
In Conversation with Meredith Mullins (Oct 21)
We welcome internationally-exhibited fine art photographer Meredith Mullins for an intimate conversation about her life and work in Paris, plus her top tips and secret locations for taking amazing photos on your next trip. She is an award-winning fine art photographer, photojournalist, teacher, and writer, who came for a visit to Paris 15 years ago, and, like many other creative souls, decided to stay.
Secrets of the 1st arrondissement (Sept 21)
In addition to the temple of culture that is the Louvre, we will discover the emblematic districts between Place Vendôme, rue Saint Honoré, the Palais Royal and the old “belly of Paris”, the famous Les Halles transformed into a shopping centre and the stock exchange which has become a museum of contemporary art. It’s a lively and popular area with many picturesque streets.
In Conversation with Guy Hibbert (August 21)
Francophile and novelist Guy Hibbert recounts how he first fell in love with the country, realized a lifelong dream to buy a manor house near Bordeaux, founded France Media by accident and gradually came to understand what makes the French different from us Anglo Saxons.
Parisian Walkways Live: rue du Nil (July 21)
Longtime Paris resident and France Today contributor Jeffrey Iverson brings to life the history, personalities and charm of the city’s more offbeat streets. Rue du Nil was once a run-down side artery of the Sentier garment district, with an infamous link to one of Victor Hugo’s novels, but has morphed into a vibrant 21st-century thoroughfare which is helping to define the future of French gastronomy.
Secrets of the 6th arrondissement (July 21)
The famous and fashionable sixième district on the rive gauche is home to iconic Paris landmarks like the Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, the abbey Saint-German-des-Prés, the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Café de Flore and le Monnaie de Paris. Join us for a fascinating insider’s guide to the 6th, taking in hidden histories and recommended visits off the beaten track.
In Conversation with Alexander Lobrano (June 21)
Alexander Lobrano was European Correspondent for Gourmet magazine and has written about food and travel for Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Departures, The Wall Street Journal and more. In this event the award-winning writer, whose childhood idea of fine dining was Howard Johnson’s, tells how he became one of Paris’s most influential food critics.
Secrets of the 7th arrondissement (June 21)
We discover the lesser known corners of the famous 7th in our enlightening lecture “tour”. Learn about the history, architecture and the legendary names associated with iconic locations like Orsay, Solférino, Eglise Sainte-Clothilde, Rue de Bellechasse, Rue du Bac and the Beaupassage. We take you to the places that visitors usually don’t go – perfect planning for your next trip!
In Conversation with Lindsey Tramuta (June 21)
The American culture & travel journalist and podcaster first book, The New Paris: the People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement, was released in 2017 and was an Amazon bestseller and named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s top 10 travel books of the year. In this presentation, Lindsey challenges the “French Girl” trope which influences culture, politics, and business in France and beyond.