I love YouTube, I watch it more than Netflix or any other channel on television simply because I can find anything of my interest – and in other languages. I curate my own television network that has shows that only I want to watch. The only annoying thing are the ads (which I can pay for a subscription to remove but haven’t).
Thought I’d share some of my favourites here.
I’ve written how much I love this Greek travel show where Eftichis travels all around Greece (and the world). I put this on the big screen and make mental notes of the places I want to go to after I finish work permanently (fingers crossed in about 5 years – maybe less).
Leaf By Leaf
I love this YouTube channel where Leaf By Leaf reviews some hefty tomes of books and poetry. His reviews are well thought out, deep, reflective and he’s someone who would improve your reading and bookshelves.
What’s not to love about this Japanese couple living in Paris and taking tours around in the region. I love how the lady exclaims with joy what she is seeing around her – and you get to see some lovely places and villages. Check out how she was invited to stay at the Ritz one night (although I prefer her videos when she’s rambling through vintage markets in sleepy villages).
The Cottage Fairy
When I want a bit of peace and quiet and dream of solitude, I go to the Cottage Fairy channel. She lives in an isolated North American region by herself (well, I do think she has help) in a cottage. I’m always fascinated by these places. I NEVER see snow and I put myself into that situation. What would I need to do to get ready for winter? What if I was snowed in? Would I have chopped enough wood to keep warm? How would I keep said chopped wood dry? etc. That’s the state of my brain.
Go figure. I never go camping. I never sleep outdoors. I never hike. I used to do all these things in my younger years and loved them but as I have a husband who likes the finer things in life, he’ll never do these things so I guess I can put them behind me now. Besides, it’s not something I can do by myself because the older I get, the more fearful I become. I can join a group but in all honesty, it takes hours out of your day and really, would prefer to enjoy these things with him. Lucky for me, I have TA Outdoors YouTube channel where I can watch bushcraft. It’s fascinating.
I’ve watched most of Dominique’s videos in the last year. I love that she helps women look and feel their best selves. She seems down to earth, fun, and self deprecating. She was a news anchor from Houston Texas and now has a popular YT channel. I’ve learned a lot from her. There’s not a woman around my age who doesn’t know Dominique!
Here’s another one I watch simply because his voice is soothing and there’s something lovely about how he surrounds himself with things he loves – as well as cooking up desserts to share with us. His place is immaculate which makes mine look like a bomb site on most days. The aesthetic of interior design has obviously missed my genes. Part of me sees clutter, another part of me wants to have a place like this but everything in my house is chipped, mismatched, nothing is part of a set. It’s a mess. At least I can watch what Nicholas does.
Who knew that I could sit around and watch a Korean housewife do her chores. I can! She makes it look all so relaxing. She cooks up some amazing dishes during the day and everything is so immaculate. Once again, I scratch my head how these YouTubers live like this? Do they “curate” their surroundings. If people saw an ‘actual’ home like ours, they’d be put off I’m sure. Maybe these videos just make us yearn for simplicity? Regardless, I look around our house and think, “it’s got character.” Despite the mess, the mismatches, the dust – it’s ours – and that’s okay.
As I can’t go on long rambling countryside walks, I watch others like Alexandra do it.
I love this YouTube channel and seen most of the videos of the tours around London. He’s a tour guide and with his hat and umbrella, we walk with him around the city to learn more about it. Andrew and I take notes of the places and this is a place (hopefully, it still happens) where we will go if we happen to be in London on a Thursday night….(post covid of course)….
I used to watch her photography videos for some years as they were creative and unique however, in recent times, she switched to helping people to knit. I follow some other knitting channels off and on but this one is one in which I will always check out her videos.
I do have some recipe and French channels I watch (in French) but I’ll leave those for another time. All up these channels, inspire me and give my mind a break from watching “work” or “Microsoft” or “technology” videos (although recently I have been focussing some attention on learning about cryptocurrency, NFTs, metavers and blockchain which is boring me senseless – BUT luckily the above channels balance everything out for me.
What are your favourite YouTube channels and why?