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 six 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 work as a freelance food and travel writer and contribute 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, Travel & Leisure and Gourmet Traveller. To see examples of my work, please visit my portfolio site HERE. Have a project that could use a writer? Contact me! 

Currently, I am at work on my first book with Abrams Books, slated for release in early 2017. It will be about life in Germany. Kidding! It will be about key changes in Paris over the last decade. To stay updated on this release, please subscribe to my newsletter

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.

What do you for a living?
I'm a writer and working on a book! Read more about that HERE. And you can see some of my editorial work HERE.

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. You can also consult the hotel reviews I've written for Afar Magazine.

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). And don't forget to follow along on Facebook HERE.

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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