Travel presents the link between the past, present, and future. In the French documentary series Des racines & des ailes, accompany our show host Carole Gaessler in exploring significant places in France and around the world.

From Versailles to Istanbul

In each episode of Des racines & des ailes, discover a geographical region in Europe and get to know some of that area’s key geographic and cultural treasures. As you explore mountain ranges, vineyards, art displays, and heritage buildings with Carole Gaessler, you will also be given insights into local neighborhoods and the way that the surrounding area influences the local inhabitants’ worldview. This dual concept of “neighborhood” and “worldview” is a central focus of this fascinating series.

About Des racines & des ailes

Genre: Documentary
Presented by: Carole Gaessler
Country: France
Year: Since 1997
Length: 115 minutes
Subtitles: English

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Subtitles: en
Episode 1 Apr, 20 2019 03:49 am
In Brittany, from Cornouaille to Léon From the Glénan islands to the Cap Sizun headland, Louis Laforge encounters the passionate people who help save the treasures of Brittany's heritage. For example there is Benoît Lauriou, who gives a second life to the region's mills, and Pascal Jaouen, who has opened a school of embroidery. Director: Katia Chapoutier (France, 2013)
Episode 2 Apr, 24 2019 08:30 pm
From the Vendée to the Nantes region The other Vendée highlight is Noirmoutier Island and its famous Passage du Gois causeway linking the island to the continent at low tide. The only road of its kind in France, maintenance services must carry out continuous repairs and seaweed/jellyfish removal operations to ensure the safe passage of vehicles. Directed by Laëtitia Vans (France, 2014)
Apr, 27 2019 03:35 am
Episode 3 May, 08 2019 08:30 pm
The tour of Mont-Blanc A terrestrial and airborne journey in the Alps, circumnavigating a mountain which has a key role in the history of mountaineering. The tour of Mont-Blanc trek is a discovery of the architectural, natural and cultural history of the region, shared by France, Switzerland and Italy. A journey in three languages. Directed by: Raynald Mérienne (France, 2017)