About me

I'm a Paris transplant from Philadelphia who fell in love with a Frenchman and moved to Paris. Cliché, right? For the last five years on this site, I've covered some not-so-cliché topics, uncovered new trends, shared my travels, and introduced you to an inspiring group of Francophiles. Through food, travel, love and obstacles, I experience life in France. I hope you'll stay for the journey! 

I'm also an ambassador for Afar Magazine and a freelance food and travel writer, having contributed to a number of web and print publications including: The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, the Wall Street Journal, Afar Magazine, Bon Appétit and Gourmet Traveller.  For more on my work, click HERE. Have a project that could use a writer? Contact me

For some of my favorite reads and a host of Paris travel resources, head on over HERE.


How long have you lived in Paris? 
I'm in my 9th year as a Parisian! I initially came as a study abroad student, fell in love with the city and one of its fine countrymen, then never left. Then in May 2014, I earned French citizenship!

What neighborhood do you live in? 
The 11th arrondissement, a short walk from République and the Canal St. Martin.

I want to live in France! How can I make that happen?
Two major pre-requisites: speak French (or be in the process of learning it) and do your research. I'm not going to sugar coat the topic - it's definitely a challenge to move and settle here without a passport from one of the European Union countries and even then, landing a job and feeling comfortable aren't a matter of course. However, there are a number of ways to facilitate an experience here that could lead to something more permanent. Read more about that HERE!

I'm coming to Paris and I don't know where to eat or sleep. Can you help? 
Yes! I've listed some of my favorite places to eat as well as recommendations for lodging on my Resources page.

I really enjoy your photography! What kind of camera do you use? 
Thanks! A Canon 60D with several lenses. You can see more of my photos on my Flickr page.

Can I use your photos for my website/blog? 
I spend a lot of time and effort on my photos which have appeared in a number of international publications. Please do not use my photos without permission. Feel free to contact me with your request and we can discuss!

Where I can see more of your photos? 
In addition to my Flickr page, you can see my snapshots on-the-go on Instagram! I'd love for you to follow me there (ps. even if you don't have the Instagram app, you can check my page from a web browser).

Do you have a newsletter so that I don't miss a post? 
Mais oui! Click HERE to sign up.

How can I contact you if I have other questions? 
The fastest way to get a response is on Twitter. Follow me here: @LostNCheeseland. You can also chat with me on Facebook (click here) or email me but it will take me a bit longer to reply!

Photo above: Richelle Hunter
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