I started my blog, Prêt à Voyager (translation: ready to travel), in 2007 to explore the intersection of travel and design. Today, it serves as my business card for various creative projects in design and cross-cultural communication.
I'm American by birth and French by hard work. I've had an on-and-off love affair with France since 2001, most recently moving back to Paris in 2009 for grad school, and later capturing the entrepreneurial spirit to start my own business (and master navigating French bureaucracy). I'm the author of the Herb Lester Paris Small Shops Map and I was named one of the top Paris Instagrammers [@pretavoyager] by Condé Nast Traveler. I've also visited all the public swimming pools in the city. When I'm not busy with clients, teaching and giving workshops, I offer bespoke tours of Paris through navigateparis.com encouraging travellers to explore their own passions and interests with a local perspective.
Merci is a not-to-miss concept store which is constantly changing with a new installation every few weeks. The in-house Used Book Cafe here is also home to my favorite breakfast in the city — soft boiled eggs with only the best butter.
Loustic is my go-to coffee shop, especially when it comes to getting a chai tea latte. I love it because it's cosy and full of regulars so I'm bound to run into someone I know. The interior is by French designer Dorothée Meilichzon who is behind a lot of cool projects in Paris.
4.Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil
All of the parks and gardens in Paris are worth checking out but I particularly love the Serres d'Auteuil which have the most impressive greenhouses. They're free to visit and, for a moment, they make you forget you're in the city.
5.Palais de Tokyo
The Palais de Tokyo is one of my favorite museums in Paris for many reasons, but mainly because it's open until midnight, which changes the experience of going to a museum. It's also home to two great restaurants: Tokyo Eat, a summertime terrace, and Monsieur Bleu.