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Des Racines et Des Ailes: The best French television program

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I've never heard this topic brought up on the forums and I think some people may be very interested in this television program. Des Racines et des Ailes is a 1-1/2 hour documentary style program shown on channel 3 (France 3) on Wednesday evenings that covers all aspects of French history, culture and patrimony. It is absolutely outstanding and is the only tv program around which I have ever scheduled my free time. It never disappoints. Each program has an overall theme that is broken into three or four segments/topics. The reporting is excellent, the photography breathtaking and the subject matter always interesting. If you just can't get enough of Paris or all things French I guarantee you'll want to watch this program. The past few weeks they have been covering Paris and I've gotten a look behind the scenes at a lot of things that are off limits to the public, as well as excellent coverage of those things with which you may be familiar but always seen from a different perspective. Last Wednesday had 3 different Parisian themes covering Art Deco Paris, Secret Gardens, La Mouzaïa and an exploration of the Canal Saint-Martin, Bassin de la Villette and Canal de l'Ourcq. The program has a website and you can watch archival footage from all programs from 2007 to the present. Although you can only watch about 12 or so minutes of each program on-line you can purchase DVD's. If you are visiting France and you have a tv in your hotel/apartment it would be worth spending your Wednesday evenings in front of the tv. Here is a link to their website so you can have a look for yourself. Trust me, once you watch a bit of it you'll be hooked.

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