Saint Germain’s Beloved News Vendor

Ali Akbar

Ali Akbar is so famous in the Saint-Germain quarter that 6 years ago, the town hall held a vote to choose the best personality to represent the area and the inhabitants overwhelming choose Ali, whose image you can’t miss as it now appears on a big public wall. If you’re lucky enough you might meet him in “rue du Four” or “rue des Canettes” under his portrait, doing with passion the same job he has been doing for more than 40 years now.  Solferino, Luxembourg, Saint-Michel and Saint-Germain-des-Près are the main spots where you can have a chance to meet the famous Ali AKBAR selling newspapers with happiness and joy.

He is the man with the cap and the beige parka that knows everybody around and everybody knowshim too. Where philosophers, writers and  journalists found themselves on breweries on rue de Rennes, today Ali is one of those famous men. For being the last seller at the auction, he is the voice whilst out and about in the district of St Germain, selling “Le Monde” newspaper and screaming “Ca y est, ca y est!” (Here it is, here it is!). His personality and charisma are the keys of his success, no matter the news Ali always sells his papers with a good smile and exceptional charm.

Ali was born and grew up in his native Pakistan, working since he was just 5 years old to help his family.  At the age of 18, in the face of the threats and violence, Ali was forced to flee his country one night under the cover of darkness.  After a long voyage through Greece, Afghanistan, Turkey and even China, Ali arrived in Paris.  It was here that he settled and met the Professor Choron, professor of literature who taught him how to read.  This was the turning point in his life and helped him to get his first job has a newspaper seller in Paris.


From Pakistan to Paris, Ali moved many mountains in his life and overcame misery, corruption, racism, to be where he is today. Ali highlights that he wouldn’t be where he is today is if hadn’t been for all the help he had along the way by, as he simply and eloquently puts it, ‘Humans’.  He is the embodiment of ‘making it’ and at time when we need it the most, Ali is an inspiration to all of us.


Ali AKBAR explaining how he had to leave his country for a better place to work and specially build his family and feed them. From an immigrant statut to becoming a star of the district of Saint-Germain. Mr AKBAR sold newspapers for more than 40 years now and he did it day and night. Coming out of a harsh neighborhood close to Islamabad in Rawalpindi , the first years took him time to integrate the french society but like the Hero in Slumdog Millionnaire ”Jamal”, Ali won his fight after many years of burden . AKBAR Ali as 5 children with the same wife and one of his sons studied in college and actually working in an important position. Here is a good version of integration in the french society , everything is possible with a bit faith .

“La fabuleuse histoire du vendeur de journaux”

by Ali AKBAR

Détails sur le produit:

  • Paper Backed: 256 pages
  • Editor : JC GAWSEWITCH EDITEUR (11 juin 2009)
  • Collection : Coup de gueule
  • Language : Français
  • ISBN-10: 2350131777
  • ISBN-13: 978-2350131771
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2 x 13,5 cm

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“Je fais rire le monde…mais le monde me fait pleurer!”

by Ali AKBAR

Détails sur le produit:

  • Paper Backed: 279 pages
  • Editor : Jean-Claude Gawsewitch (24 février 2005)
  • Collection : Documents
  • Language : Français
  • ISBN-10: 2350130096
  • ISBN-13: 978-2350130095
  • Product Dimensions: 22,5 x 2,2 x 14 cm

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An intimate look behind Philippe Joubert

At first glance, our heart melted and we wanted to snap up all his fantastic and original pieces of artwork.  Parisian Philippe Joubert is a young artist to keep your eye on.  His ethereal fashion designs are at times whimsical, at times bold. We just can’t get enough of his depictions of classic Parisian woman.

Does film play a part when you seek inspiration for your drawings?

Unconsciously, without a doubt.  In the history of cinema, the notable great actors and actresses of their time leave their mark.   For actresses, I am drawn to Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor…

Do you have a favorite film star, modern or from the past? What’s your favorite film starring him/her?

Romy Schneider springs to mind.  For her beauty, her talent as an actress and for the charm that radiates from her.  One film that I love of hers is César et Rosalie by Claude Sautet. The story is of a woman torn between the man she lives with and a love from her youth.  Its a love story but also, like many of Claude Sautet’s films, its a story of friendship.

Do you ever draw your friends?

Never, mainly because I want to keep them as friends!

Do you have a favorite style time-period or piece that you prefer to draw?

My favorite time period which inspires me the most is unquestionably the 1950s with Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy…

Woman’s silhouettes were strong with long legs peaking out from the newly shortened dresses.  And the illustrators, particularly René Gruau, represented this after-war era with the utmost flamboyance.

Which Set in Paris tour would you most like to take?

Without a doubt, it would be the Sex and the City tour.   When you watch the series, the last episodes of season 6 leave a strong impression.   Carrie Bradshaw is portrayed as particularly chic, glamorous and romantique in these Paris episodes.

Do you have a favorite quote to describe Paris?  Or even a place or something that you love the most about Paris? 

Even though I was born in Paris, Sacha Guitry’s famous quote describes perfectly what it is to be Parisian:

‘Être parisien, ce n’est pas être né à Paris, c’est y renaître.’ 

– Sacha Guitry

‘To be Parisian, it is not to be born in Paris but to be reborn in Paris’

For the place I love the most in Paris it is the Père flagyl antibiotic buy online Lachaise cemetery, magnificent regardless of the season.  I also really like the Musée de la Vie Romantique (Romantic Life Museum), the Buttes-Chaumont park, Luxembourg gardens, Nissim de Camondo museum and of course, the beautiful Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Hunting Museum).   I love to take time to lose myself in Paris, to wander around, find a cafe and sit on terrace or a park bench and just watch people pass by.

Describe your ideal day in Paris?

I spent an amazing day in Spring under the beautiful sun:  I went to the Medical History Museum, the Saint Sulpice church, I did some shopping on rue du Commerce and at BHV.   I lunched under the sun in a charming bistrot near Odéon, I spent some time at the Gibert bookstore (an ideal day isn’t possible without a bookstore), then I had a drink on a cafe terrace in Châtelet.  For me, an ideal day in Paris is a day spent without rushing around, but taking the time to discover new places.   All this under a clear bright sky, bien sur!

Where do you find inspiration?

A walk in Paris stimulates all my wishes and imagination.  I have a very visual memory so I absorb details from everywhere.   Naturally the intern is a great resource to find inspiration.  But looking for too much inspiration outside of yourself is a trap – I draw best when I forget about everything else and draw from the heart.   To seek out inspiration too hard, one can lose confidence and risks losing the personal touch in their artwork.

Who are the women behind your designs?

They come from my imagination and are generally very elegant and timeless.

What relationship do you have with Parisians?

I have wonderful friends and acquaintances in Paris as well as friendly neighbors.  As everywhere, if you are open, curious and smiling, life is easier.   Still, I fight against gloomy uncivil behaviour.  Let’s put it this way – taking the bus or metro, especially during rush hour, may not be the best way to appreciate Parisians.

Island of Refuge


Island of Refuge – Feature Length Documentary – Extended Trailer from Zed Productions on Vimeo.

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“Listen to me, my family, this is very important. We are going to go through many villages, many towns, many cities and many borders. Be patient. If you see people pushing, let them push. If you see people shouting, let them shout. Remember this, we are now one big family.”


The tone of the voice, those powerful words…they stay with you long after you’ve seen the trailer.   This is the hauntingly beautiful opening of the extended trailer for the aptly titled ‘Island of Refuge’.  

‘Island of Refuge’ is an upcoming independent feature length documentary film from Oliver Zimmermann, a British-German filmmaker with a passion for telling stories.  He is chronicling the current refugee crisis on the Greek island of Lesbos and how the locals are coping with the massive influx to their small population.

The island is no stranger to diaspora – many of the residents of Lesbos are themselves descendants of refugees. As current wars and strife rage in Iran, Afghanistan and Syria, thousands of innocent families are caught up in the conflicts, struggling to survive.  Many make the arduous decision to cross the narrow sea passage of the Aegean from the Turkish coast to the Greek shores seeking a safe habour. 

Oliver first traveled to Lesbos in November 2015 to make a short film about the burgeoning crisis.

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“It was late at night and I was about to return to Molyvos from a small fishing village along the coastal dirt road where a lot of boats were arriving that year. I had been on the island for two days but because of a storm all the boats had stopped coming,” Zimmermann says as he explains his first encounter with refugees.

“Suddenly, a boat appeared out of the dark, full of refugees. Volunteers and locals were ready to help them get into dry clothes, give them food or information.”


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Each refugee – women, men and children – have different reactions upon arriving at the island.  Some scream in sheer panic, others kiss the ground and embrace their loved ones, some even pose for selfies.


“Why they were forced to leave their homes is utterly engrossing, horrifying, fascinating and inspiring,” Zimmerman said.

Zimmermann got involved in the crisis because the atmosphere on Lesbos spoke to him. He remarks on the beauty of the island, the generosity of the people amidst trauma and horror, and he realized a story needed to be told.  Zimmermann already knew of the tragic situation and of the amazing work volunteers were doing.  But what he never anticipated and what touched him the most has been the incredible welcoming response of the local population.  Even before all the volunteers arrived, the locals were dealing with this influx.  They are overwhelmed but their attitude and willingness to help is steadfast.   Indeed, Oliver was so captured by their generous spirit that his short film has been transformed into a full-length documentary.  Zimmermann loaded up his van with his dog George and trekked across Europe to reach his new home.


Oliver insists it is important to have systems in place to allow people to move to safety with dignity, compassion and without danger to human life.  The mainstream media coverage centers on the refugees, while Zimmermann focuses on personalities and the impact this crisis is having on local life.  His style isn’t focused on shoving cameras in refugees’ faces (they have enough of that) – he films the refugees in a wide shot from afar rather than close up in order to afford them a modicom of dignity. Rather, he explores the lives of the locals as they watch boats full of refugees pouring into the island day after day, as their parents and grandparents had before them.

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The island is full of compassion, selflessness and sacrifice – all ideals that made Zimmermann want to give back to the island with this documentary.


His unique project has inspired both a cinematographer and an editor to come to Lesbos to help finish the film.  They have received a donation from a charity foundation called Movement on the Ground, which fell in love with the trailer for the film and became captivated by the project (how can you not!).  The team still needs funds in order to tell this important story and have launched a crowd-funding campaign.

Zimmermann’s way with people has allowed him to integrate into the small local population.  In conducting his interviews, he is now in the privileged position to count them as friends.  This total immersion into island life is taking the documentary to another level because he achieves a level of openness and honesty that an outsider simply wouldn’t be privy to.

Oliver and his team are determined to do justice to these individual stories that represent such a pivotal moment in the history and legacy of this tiny island with a very big heart.

For more information on Oliver and his film ‘Island of Refuge’ & to support his crowdfunder effort:

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Privé de Dessert

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Prive de dessert

I stepped into this small, homey eatery in the 9th arrondisement of Paris one Saturday night to find myself completely surprised by the food I saw being whisked around the room on the arms of black and white clad servers. Is this a bakery, I thought? Is that- I gulped and then proceeded to drool- dessert? All around me were these decadent, perfect, pupil-dilating puff pastries with impossibly delicious frostings beckoning me to eat them. Where am I? I thought. But alas, I soon realized it was not dessert I was looking at after all; the aromas swirling around the room were savory, not sweet. I inhaled a hint of spice, a hint of garlic. The drooling continued. I was seated at a table near the back of the restaurant- a cozy space with eclectic furniture and shades of blue. Upon looking at the cocktail menu, I chose the ‘apple pie’ and subsequently began to devour it when it arrived. It was a sweet, slightly tart, apple concoction all condensed into one little glass, complete with a palm tree mixer. Already, without even touching the food to my lips, every sense had been awakened. Welcome to the fabulous and incredibly underrated Parisien wonder, Privé de Dessert.

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Owner and operator Sephora Nahon opened the restaurant two years ago on the premise of combining her two passions: sweet and savory food. She was met with criticism and a lack of support, but was confident in her idea. And sure enough, she got a loan from the bank, assembled a team of cooks and waiters and opened her first location all in the midst of getting married, having her first child and a year later, opening her second location. Her idea is simple and unique: delicious food that looks like gourmet dessert. The amazing thing is that Sephora never went to culinary school. She went to business school, worked for a big media group and only had 40 hours of basic pastry training. In her original business plan, she wanted something different, cutting edge, unique. But she didn’t know how to achieve that. And then, the idea came to her.

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Privé de Dessert rotates their menu twice a year: one in summer, one in winter. It is small, about only 6 items under entrées (starters), plats (main course) and desserts. The menu is filled with puff pastries stuffed with salmon, avocado and whipped mozzarella, tiramisu made of foie gras, tender beef and mashed potatoes with the most magical sauce that you’ve ever met, and their most prized concoction lovingly known as the star of the restaurant: the Saint Honoré burger.

A year after her first location opened, Sephora opened a second location in the 2nd arrondisement of Paris, a small, take-out lunch spot. Many of the same items exist at the second location, but there are also new additions as well like pizza in the shape of what looks like a slice of banana bread or duck in the shape of a rillette. The second location has a very similar atmosphere to the first, but with a slightly more relaxed feeling, as it’s more of a take-away cafe. However, both locations have what Sephora calls a “homey, cozy, easy feeling.” What she strived for in creating her restaurant and her brand was giving guests the sense of “feeling good when they walk through the door.” And as a paying customer with high expectations as I am a foodie myself, that is exactly how I felt.

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In addition to her two locations, Sephora managed to write an amazing and beautiful cookbook- a compilation of all of her recipes, past and present. It’s full of gorgeous, professional photographs of her delectable food including my favorite which is a tomato stuffed with whipped mozarella and topped with another miniature cherry tomato. It’s out of this world. Even better, everything is prepared in house with only the freshest ingredients. They don’t even own a freezer, people!

It’s quite remarkable to think that Sephora built this business from the ground up in such a short amount of time and with such success already. It started with just one person with one menu- all her own recipes-, and one dream. Now it includes multiple cooks and a wait staff, a whole team of people that she calls “very close” and “like family to her.” Every few months, the team, the same people whom she hired originally- a testament to her and her business as this is rare in the restaurant world- collaborate on a new menu for the next season.

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Later the following week after my incredible meal at Privé de Dessert, my boss and I were welcomed back to the second, take-away location to sit down with the owner herself. What a treat! We were met with more fabulous gems- hot dogs in a blanket meant to mimic a pain au chocolat and shrimp, cream and avocado-filled puff pastries. Sephora gave us a wonderful interview, and she struck me as an incredibly ambitious and driven young business woman, which is refreshing in a world where men dominate the industry. My favorite treat from PDD 2 would have to be the pain au chocolat, which my boss and I dubbed the “pain au dog,” our spin on the once-trendy “cro-nut”- a mix between the American doughnut and the French croisant, which NCIS LA’s Densi calls “a pastry baby between France and America.” (See below for a link to a t.v. mention of the cronut.)

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It’s not just the attractive and unique concept or the restaurant’s warm atmosphere and friendly wait staff or even the fact that it’s not chalked full of tourists that singlehandedly draw people to this fabulous Parisien eatery. Perhaps it’s the care and the passion that’s put into the incredible food, which tastes even better than it looks and as you can see, it looks incredible. So you can imagine how good it tastes! Privé de Dessert or lovingly dubbed PDD isn’t just food, it’s art that comes with a truly unforgettable experience that like any good show, leaves it’s audience waiting and wanting more.

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Sephora’s plans for the future include opening 10 new locations all over the world, her top choices being London, New York City and Tokyo- all food hubs in their own right. She would like to venture abroad and expand her customer base, since the majority of her clientel today are French. She took a moment to ask me if a similar concept existed in the United States, where Abby and I are both from. We both paused contemplatively and looked at each other. “No,” we both responded, “In fact, there’s nothing like it.”

The genius, inspired idea of mixing sweet and savory springs to mind the famous cronut debat between Kensi and Deeks in NCIS LA:

Our very own modern-day Hemingway x

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Joseph-TerrellWhen I first saw him, Joseph Terrell, our very own modern-day Hemingway, was sauntering down our little medieval Paris road with a cigar hanging out of his mouth.  This silver fox was infused with an air of experience. I mean, this guy looked COOL.


This guy has seen things, lived things, knows things!


I was intrigued and smiled to myself as he passed by the office. This would become a daily occurrence – I’d catch a fleeting glimpse of him through the corner of my eye whilst at work and it would inspire me.  I’d imagine he was heading off to Shakespeare & Co for a strong coffee with the likes of Gertude Stein, James Joyce and Ezra Pound.  He had an air of Ernest Hemingway to him –  I imagined him drinking with the Lost Generation and fighting hand-to-hand combat in some distant land.  

phpo5w3MiAMAnd then one day, he strolled straight into our office (‘of all the offices in all the world…’)!  I was worried he knew my game – that I’d been inventing all these marvellous stories about him and he’d come to disillusion me with ‘I’m an accountant that likes to go bird watching in my spare time’.  Not one to disappoint, he greeted me with a cracking smile and a southern drawl…….sigh, a southern drawl!!  And mentioned he was a writer….a crime novelist to boot!  

I knew, I knew it:


This guy IS indeed the embodiment of Ernest Hemingway.



Like good wine, men get better with age (…as of course do women, our society is just currently blind to it).  Joseph oozes Sean Connery appeal.  He likes the reference – they are both the same age!

Joseph’s life mirrors Hemingway’s in many facets – both started their illustrious writing careers as journalists before getting pulled into the wars of the generation – Hemingway in World War I (and later, World War II) and Terrell in Korea.  Joseph served as a Special Agent in the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (oohhh…my mind is brimming with spy thrillers).  Upon returning stateside, he ended up covering the Pentagon at The Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau and spent the large part of his career in Washington DC, writing for a plethora of newspapers, magazines, radio and television, etc..  He built up a close relationship not only with the central government, but with the local police departments where he reported on crimes and it is this relationship and experience that inspired his series of crime novels.



Hemingway was the hero of Joseph’s youth and he still keeps a copy of Farewell to Arms by his bedside.   Joseph particularly admires the easy rhythm of Hemingway’s writing. He himself has got the Southern touch to Hemingway’s mid-West charisma. Unlike the literary giant who was known to run hot and cold, Joseph has a thoroughly gentle demeanour and is man enough to wear a dashing pink-striped shirt.



Who’s who?  The original versus our very own

Drawing upon his experience as a journalist and close work with sheriffs give Joseph’s stories another dimension of authenticity.  He’s put that into his best-known character, crime writer Harrison Weaver (even the name is epic) who he’s written a series of mystery books about: Tide of Darkness, Overwash of Evil, Not Our Own Kind of Killing, Undertow of Vengeance and the Dead Right Returning.  The series is based in North Carolina’s Outer Banks which is where Terrell knows best: he grew up in Raleigh and studied literature at the University of North Carolina.   He’s also written Learning to Slow Dance, a poignant story of Jonathan Clayton set in his hometown just as World War II was drawing to a close.  Joseph has taken a leaf right out of Hemingway’s book as this is just what Hemingway himself always did:

‘I decided that I would write one story about each thing that I knew about’

– Ernest Hemingway

Joseph had always dreamed of following in Hemingway’s footsteps (I named him Our Hemingway before I knew any of this, I swear!) and visiting all his old stomping grounds.  Busy life kept him from his Paris until he was 50 years old when he finally got the chance to go to the Deux Magots, La Closerie Des Lilas and Shakepeare & Co and visit the haunts of the Lost Generation that had so inspired him to pick up a pen (he still favors an old typewriter).    And he hasn’t looked back – Joseph and Veronica, his charming lady who can knit anything all whilst holding your eye in conversation, have visited Paris non-stop ever since.  

In seeking his idol’s past, Joseph found his own Paris.    

Lucky for Set in Paris that they choose to pursue Hemingway’s Paris as they have become good friends and have found a home here, making Paris an integral part of their life and his writing.  Just like Hemingway, the Left Bank has become his playground and he knows more locals than most.  His desk looks out onto the Seine river and Notre Dame – it is here that he finds, like many writers before him, the energy and tranquility to pen his novels. 

We always look forward to their return to our little corner of Paris with delight.  

*Set in Paris Tip:  Dustin Hoffman’s agent requested an advance copy of Joseph’s book Time of Music, Time of Magic (about a musician trying to drink himself to death) so we may get to see his work on the big screen before too long!

Check out his novels:

The crime series with writer Weaver and his friend SBI Agent T. Ballsford Twiddy can all be read as stand-alone novels so you pick any to start and not worry about reading them sequentially.

Keep an eye out for his upcoming book – he’s going to feature his first female protagonist.  I’m guessing, like him, she’s going to be kick ass cool!




Peruse Joseph's website and learn more about the man himself



A Musician in Paris : Interview with Geraint John Jones

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Geraint John Jones is an Alt-Pop/Folk Singer who composes, sings and plays guitar. You can find him busking around Europe as well as playing in local venues, cafes and bars.  Always on the go, the British boy has travelled far, having lived in the UK, France and Germany.  He will soon embark on a European Tour so don’t miss when he comes to your town!

Geraint has an enchanting voice and it doesn’t hurt that he’s also got intoxicating eyes and that British accent. We have fallen for his melodic love song and the enchanting video for “The Last Waltz”. 


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Paris Between the Sheets


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Is lingerie shopping on your list of things to do this weekend? What about a ladies’ night? Romantic dining for two? No matter your agenda, there is surely something for you to choose from in Naughty Paris.

There is no better way to experience the City of Light than with native Parisians, and what is the next best thing? A guide written specifically for those looking for a “naughty” time! Written by Heather Stimmler-Hall, this Gold Medal Award Winner of a book is a most informative guide to the French capital and all of the secret pleasures that it beholds. Although Heather is native to Arizona, she has been settled in Paris since 1995. Currently she resides in the 13th arrondissement (not a typical tourist destination, much like many of the spots featured in her book.)

Heather is an established writer, being featured in guides such as Michelin Green Guides, and, Fodors, and magazines such as Elle. She also manages her own website (Secrets of Paris, and newsletter which has been revealing insider tips on Paris for fifteen years now. It was much to her pleasure to self-publish her first book Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the City, and shortly after, Naughty New York: A Lady’s Guide to the City ( Her most recent work is the second edition of Naughty Paris, a completely updated version of the work, with “56 additional pages of insider addresses.”

Reading the book is like walking around with a great girlfriend who is giving you a personal tour showing the deep passion that the city holds. There are several different chapters to the book where you can flip to find anything from “Erotic Education: The French Tongue,” to “Sexy Shows: Eye Candy for Ladies.” Our favorite section? The one where Heather discusses her love for French cinema, of course! Without giving away too much of the guide, it is a must-say that her favorite French film is Le Libertin (Vincent Perez, 2002.) The movie features Audrey Tautou and several other known actors in a risky production that tells the tale of the out-break of sin and nudity in the time of barons and baronesses. (We would expect nothing but an exotic favorite film from an author who’s writing reflects much of the same ideals.)

The personal touch, bubbly friendliness, passion for the city, depth of knowledge and unique ability to adapt to the tour on the fly, make Heather and Secrets of Paris an A++ recommendation for anyone.                 – Secrets of Paris, Tripadvisor review


Here’s a sneak peak at her book:

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For a better look into the outgoing personality of this author have a look at her hilarious appearance on ABC’s What Would You Do? This is definitely a hot book to grab, or even better, book a tour with Heather herself.  Yes! She offers customized tours. (Check out her website for more information:


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From Montreal to Paris: Josiane Blanc, Film Director & Tour Guide Extraodinaire

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Click here to vote for Josiane's video for the Nikon Film Festival before January 15th!

The 10 finalists will have their movie shown at the Festival International du Court-métrage de Clermont-Ferrand

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I’m superexcited about this blog post because it is no ordinary blog post – introducing our very own tour guide, Josiane.  Josiane is all smiles, has a knack with people and comes from a cinematographic backgound.

Last summer she finally settled in Paris after various media jobs that took her to far flung places around the world including Equador, Malawi, Cameroon and Paraguy.  Josiane originally hails from Montreal, Canada (yes, it means she speaks both English and French fluently) and did the classic thing: fell in love and ended up in this magical city!   Josiane is a filmmaker and loves to get involved in all aspects of filming – from scriptwriting to the creation of digital media.  Her passion for film stems from her love of meeting people from all walks of life.  She’s been involved with all manner of projects, from big video productions down to intimate weddings.  Check out her website to see more examples of her work.

Her new short film Je Suis Une Infidelite (I Am Unfaithful) has been entered in the Nikon Film Festival competition and we want to support her.  This is her first foray into fictional work after a background largely doing documentaries.

Filmed over two days, the clip is a charming short film, written and directed by Josiane, about a man who absolutely despises his wife’s cooking but doesn’t want to hurt her feelings, so he pretends to love it and keeps sneaking over to his mom’s house.    The premise is hilarious, inspried by Josiane’s own brothers who live on their own but head over to get a taste of their mom’s cooking any chance they get.   Josiane herself recently moved in with her French boyfriend and realised that when you live with someone, you have to respect their feelings.    Thus, the idea was borne for this funny short film.

The film came together with everyone on the team contributing input and ideas.  Indeed, this is what Josiane particularly loves about her work – the sense of accomplishment when you start with a simple idea and see it come alive on the screen through a collaborate process.   When you get a team that bonds and works well togethter, this is where she feels the magic really happens that makes all the hard work and long hours worth it.

 Josiane’s Tip:  The best way to make something truly great and authentic is to write or do something that you already know about.    

Exclusive behind the scenes photos from the shooting:

The lead actor, Samuel Messaoud, really got into the role and came out with fun ideas for his character


Imagine having to cook badly for the filming – that is something I could have helped with!


Josiane’s loves the synergy and creativity that came from the bond developed by the team


Sameul Messaoud comes from a theatre stage background in Paris but judging by this performance, he’s made for the big screen too!

We asked Josiane to share with us her favorite French film which is the comedy Le Dîner de Cons and a great French Canadian movie she also recommends is Tom A La Ferme (Tom at the Farm) by Xavier Dolan (though this one is not a comedy!)


Look out for Josiane on one of our tours or, fingers crossed, at your next Film Festival!

Parisian Characters: A Day in the Life of a Dog Walker

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Who wouldn’t want to spend the day walking around a beautiful city, playing with the world’s cutest pups? We jumped at the chance to take a closer look at a profession that is becoming increasingly popular—Dog Walking. So much so that it even has a place in the movie world:

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Enchanted Screenings – Les Toiles Enchantées


‘When children can’t get to the cinema, the cinema comes to them!

Long Live Les Toiles Enchantées!’

Alain Chabat

Who doesn’t know a child that doesn’t love going to the movies  – the anticipation of Disney’s latest cartoon, the trailers at the beginning building up to the main event…their little arms stuffed with a big box of popcorn, candy and soda?  It is the experience in itself that you can’t re-create with a DVD.  But for the thousands of sick children in hospitals, going to the cinema is largely out of reach as they are too ill to make the trip.  At least it was…until this wonderful organisation which is devoted to bring the cinematic experience directly to children’s hospitals.

Meet Les Toiles Enchantées (the charming name meaning The Enchanted Screens)!

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