As a start up, we are lucky enough to have passionate wonderful people around us that go to great lengths to help us build a caring and fun company. From Abigail’s mum Leila who is our in-house artist, Tsil & Pam who have generously photographed our tours, Matthew our first intern who helped us move into our first office and plan a cool opening party, Fabien who gave us direction, James who gave us marketing advice, Magdelena & Amber who gave us inspiration, Anelisa & Anissa who got us super organised, Carlie who helped us start awesome partnerships, Maggie, Dara and Alice who wrote great blog articles (Alice has even decided to head to journalism school in Paris so we get to keep her around), Colter who filmed the video above and Alison who edited lots more, all our wonderful Parisian neighbours in the Latin Quarter who encourage us and give us tips on how to navigate working in Paris, most notably Pauline who is our Parisian style inspiration (and Léo’s mother), Wilfred at L’Oie Qui Fume, Awsa at Bar Onze and Stephan at Freescoot for all their time and advice we’d be lost without. And to all the wonderful tour guides and interns that have come and gone but will always have a place at Set in Paris.
Abigail – Director
A British/American, Abigail loves her adopted city and the French façon de vivre. Her love affair with Paris started at a young age watching and re-watching the movie Gigi. With a background in antiquities and hospitality, Abigail founded Set in Paris as a way to share her love for Paris and the movies that celebrate the city.
Favorite Movie Set in Paris: Diplomat
Favorite Parisian Cafe: L’Oie Qui Fume
Must have: A French bulldog, a great friend(s) and a bottle of rosé on a cafe terrace
Dislikes: Alarm clocks
Antoine – Tour Guide
Antoine is a born and bred Parisian – he can recite Corneille and Baudelaire by heart.
He’s a Sorbonne history major and his memory is so insanely good that he knows just about everything about everything. He’s passionate about movies and is always discovering new movies and fantastic anecdotes for our tours.
Favorite Movie Set in Paris: Casablanca and Charade (couldn’t decide between the two)
Favorite Parisian Food: Real Parisian Croissant
Favorite Area in Paris: Rue Colombe & http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/zithromax/ Place de la Contrescarpe
Dislikes: People that answer yes to ‘tea or coffee’
Jinx & Yoda: Antoine’s two adorable pugs are regulars at the office – helping greet clients
Charlie – Tour Guide
Charlie is a charming, cheeky English gentleman that specialized in history. He has an old soul. He’s always out and about discovering new places, people and stories around Paris.
Favorite Movie Set in Paris: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Favorite Parisian Food: Savory crêpes on Rue Mouffetard
Favorite Area in Paris: Marais
Laura – Tour Guide
Laura moved to Paris for a year abroad and quickly decided that this was home. She’s now happily ensconced among the cobblestones, and spends her time telling stories, whether on paper through her work as a freelance writer, or in person as a tour guide, and loves every minute of it.
Favorite Movie Set in Paris: Ratatouille
Favorite Parisian Food: Pain au Chocolat
Favorite Area in Paris: Latin Quarter (because there is so much history and it is also where are our office is!)
Heloïse – Coco Chanel Tour Guide
Heloise is our ‘Coco Chanel’ – classy and elegant, she lives and breathes fashion and the 1920s. A 5th generation Parisian, she’s passionate about her wonderful city and its incredible heritage.
Favorite Movie Set in Paris: Tie between Les Enfants de Paradis and Funny Face, depending on the mood
Favorite Parisian Food: Nothing beats the perfect baguette. Nothing.
Favorite Area in Paris: Out of the way areas with a village-like feel, such as Butte aux Cailles
Dislikes: Constant use of phones
Gabriella – Spanish Tour Guide
Gabriella is passionate about tourism, specialising in the subject at the reknowned Sorbonne university. She hails from Argentina and runs all our Spanish tours.
Favorite Movie Set in Paris: Before Sunset
Favorite Parisian Food: Paris Brest (praline patisserie)
Favorite Area in Paris: M&M – Montmartre & Montparnasse
Leo – #leothelittlewhitefrenchie
Leo is head of client greeting and hugs. He’s owned by Pauline and works at Set in Paris because he loves nothing more than sharing his local tips (though not his food!).
Favorite Movie in Paris: A Man and his Dog (also the scene in Madeline where the dog rescues her from the Seine)
Favorite Parisian Food: Being served paté at L’Oie Qui Fume
Favorite Area in Paris: Down by the Seine riverbank meeting new dogs
Dislikes: Most Paris parks that don’t allow dogs 🙁