I am a transplanted Canadian who has been living in Montmartre since 2001. Unlike a lot of people who are expatriates living here, it wasn't a "life long dream" for me to live in Paris.
I left Canada in 1997 to spend a few months in the sunny Caribbean. Not surprisingly, a few months, turned into 4 years!
While I was there, I met a charming Frenchman (aren't they all) and after a few years, he decided it was time to move back to Paris. When I first visited the city about 15 or so years prior, I fell in love with Montmartre and that is where we settled. Today, I continue to live in Montmartre with my daughter and our two cats - we could not imagine being anywhere else.
The Paris vacation apartment rental business has actually come by accident. I often had friends asking me to recommend places to stay and I have always preferred more unique accommodations to hotels. This "unique accommodations" concept was the birth of our first website, weekinparis, and has expanded to what I hope you will find, a "PerfectlyParis" choice of vacation accommodations!
See my profile on airbnb to see what some of our guests have to say.
It was not my plan to move from my native Australian home to Paris but, like Gail, I also met a Frenchman who swept me off my feet. He was a jazz musician and we met at the club I was managing in Australia.
We travelled the world together with his group including many stops in Paris and, eventually, that was where we settled.
I have lived in the Montmartre area since 2004 and am happy to call it my home.
It is a great place for me to raise my children as there are so many cultural events for families and plenty of green spaces throughout the city. We are actually spoilt for choice of what to do!
Enjoy your stay and be sure to take advantage of the many exhibits, events and other things Paris has to offer.
It has always been a life-long dream for me to live in Paris! My Parisian holiday turned into a dream come true... I first lived in this beautiful city while studying Art History and French in 2003. My studies left me with lots of free time to explore Paris, but also the time to have a part time job. I met Gail in 2003 after my parents rented a Perfectly Paris vacation apartment in Montmartre and began working with her team.
I have always been in love with all things French, but especially gastronomy and wine. I decided to go back to school in 2009 to study wine and received the Diploma in Wines & Spirits from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in 2013.
I no longer work for PerfectlyParis but run 'Paris By The Glass' http://www.parisbytheglass.com/, offering unique wine tastings, food & wine workshops and gourmet walking tours in Paris. I would be delighted to come to your apartment and teach you more about French wine or to take you around Paris and introduce you to some of my favorite hidden gems.
I hope your PerfectlyParis holiday is as special as mine was. I know you fall in love with this beautiful city just like I did.
Having growing up in Malaysia, I decided to venture out and try my luck in Paris. My love of the French language is what brought me here to study at La Sorbonne, but it was my love for French food, fashion and a lovely French man made me decide to stay in this magical city.
Apart from working with PerfectlyParis and getting to meet wonderful guests from all around the world, I pursue my loves of fashion, photography and writing.
I hope that you have an amazing stay in Paris and that you will leave with only the best of memories.
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