While actual travel is out of the question for now, you can still indulge your fantasies of traveling to France.

For example, you can watch French movies. You can watch travel videos. You can view French museum exhibitions online. You can strap on a virtual reality headset and get a bird’s-eye view of various chateaux in the lush French countryside. You can read Francophile blogs. 😉

These days, I’m doing a bit of armchair traveling by watching a few lighthearted TV shows with French-inspired episodes!

Here are some of my favorites:

Friends (Season 10, Episode 13) – “The One Where Joey Speaks French”

Joey needs to learn French for a role he’s auditioning for and Phoebe offers to teach him:

How I Met Your Mother (Season 9, Episode 16)

This flashback episode is from the show’s final season:

Key & Peele on Comedy Central – “French Restaurant”

A man tries to impress his date with his knowledge of French language and cuisine:

The Late Late Show with James Corden – “Crosswalk the Musical in Paris: Les Misérables”

The funny talk show host and his theatre company perform a famous French musical (in English) in a crosswalk with a view of the Arc de Triomphe:

Modern Family (Season 11, Episode 13) – “Paris”

The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan heads to the City of Light. Here’s Mitchell trying to fit in:

The Office (US adaptation; Season 5, Episode 8) – “Frame Toby”

Dwight describes his perfect crime involving the Trocadéro:

Tiny House World on FYI Television Network (Season 1, Episode 5) – “Petit Chateau in Paris”

Follow Shari from Brooklyn, New York to Paris, as she looks for her new home in Le Marais:

I hope these TV shows with French-inspired episodes will make you smile. I’m hopeful things will be back to normal soon. Until then, take care and stay safe.


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