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We may be in Paris, but we’re just as stuck at home as you are. Since the lockdown measures in France have not been lifted, everyone except for front-line workers are expected to be confined at home. This means no visiting of relatives, meeting up with friends, or even hanging out at the local parks. Most of all, this means traveling to France has become almost impossible.
Luckily, so many organisations and individuals have put up some of their resources and works for free for everyone to enjoy! Below, you’ll different links to things that you can enjoy at home from France:
– magazines like Vogue, AD, and Vanity Fair
– activities for kids from Fondation LV and Asterix
– and a couple of online games
– free French cinema with English subtitles!
– free exhibition visits!
If you’re interested in more content about how this health crisis is affecting Paris, click on the links below:
These French versions of their publications are available for free download straight to your laptop or mobile device!
Are you looking for redecorate your home à la Français? There’s no better inspiration than Architectural Digest itself! Download it here.
If you’re enamoured with French cinema, Vanity Fair France’s March 2021 edition will have a lot of interviews from famous French celebrities. And if you don’t read French, you can also just enjoyed the beautiful editorial images. Download it here.
We know that fashion might not exactly be a priority right now, especially since so social encounters have effectively been put on hold, but if you’re looking for some inspiration, Vogue Paris’ March 2021 edition might be of service! Download it here.
Free Activities for Kids
Free Digital Book Explaining the Coronavirus
Gallimard, one of France’s most prominent publishing houses has just released a new digital book that aims to answer kids’ most commonly asked questions about the coronavirus.
This free reading material is perfect for both adults and kids at home who are learning French! You can download the free PDF version here.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Fondation Louis Vuitton has launch a bunch of fun games on their website that challenge logic, imagination, and creativity! While these games are part of their Children’s Workshop, we’re sure that adults will enjoy them as well. Start playing here!
Online Astérix Activity Book
Astérix is one of the most beloved comic book series from France. So much so that they’ve even built a theme park based on it! Anyway, they’ve uploaded online a comic book that also has activities and games that the whole family can enjoy! Download the free PDF version here.
Enjoy learning a new language
Was one of your 2021 resolutions to brush-off your French, Spanish, or Italian skills but you just never got around to doing it? It’s time to stop making poor excuses and time to actually start acting on them!
Gymglish is an online learning platform for learning all kinds of languages. What sets them apart from other platforms is that each lesson comes in a fun story that’s personalized for you and never takes more than 10 minutes a day! They’re offering everyone a month of FREE lessons!
Click here to start polishing your language skills.
Paris Map Challenge
One of the most popular online media websites among Parisians is My Little Paris. They have recently launched an online game that challenges how well you know your Paris spots and metro stations. While this game is probably meant for city locals, this game can help travellers get well-acquainted with Paris! Join the challenge here.
Games to print at home
Fleur de Mamoot is a French illustrator who has generously shared some of her amazing work online. On her website, you’ll find different kinds of games like mazes and identifying the differences between 2 photos. The best part is that you can print them! Check them out here.
Get your popcorn ready because there are a lot of free films available for online streaming! This could also be your chance to learn French for free.
Watch French Films for Free
If you’ve been an INSIDR follower on our social media, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Lost in Frenchlation! Well, now you can be a fan of theirs, too! They have just announced a partnership with MUBI, an online film streaming platform, to give you 30 days of free access!
You can select from an excellent list of French films like Testament of Orpehus, Eva, or Portrait of a Lady on Fire which was recently nominated for a César! Start watching French films here!
Stream for free from Rakuten TV
Did you know that e-commerce giant Rakuten has also entered the video streaming arena? Neither did we! But apparently, they’ve put up a bunch of free shows and films that you can watch on their website! Not only are there French films but Hollywood ones as well. See the films here.
Free Exhibition Visits
France’s largest modern art museum may have closed their doors due to the lockdown but that doesn’t mean they haven’t got any more offerings. Now, it’s their YouTube channel‘s time to shine!
We highly recommend viewing their most recent exhibitions through an expert art curator who takes you around the exhibition and explains in detail the most important pieces. And don’t worry, they have provided English subtitles!
Click here for the Francis Bacon exhibition
Click here for the Christian Boltanski exhibition
Click here for the Vasarely exhibition
Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Fondation Louis Vuitton puts up some of the most exciting modern art exhibitions every time. While the museum may be closed, it has orchestrated a way to still welcome art lovers!
Each week, you can relive and revisit one of the previous exhibitions by the Fondation on their Facebook page or YouTube channel. Apart from exhibitions, you can also enjoy watching concerts and join masterclasses! You should also download their official mobile app for more surprises and free features!
Follow their weekly offerings right here.
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